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It’s Been 17 Years Since Y2K Almost Ended the World!

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So here it is, the final day of 2015. It seems like yesterday we were all worried about Y2K happening when the year 2000 rolled around. Oh the computers of the world were going to all malfunction that year and the world was going to come to an end.  It didn’t happen. I wonder what people were worried about when 1900 rolled around? “Would horses stop running?” Were  people worried that the world would end then too?

Well, here we are staring 2016 in the face.  There’s no talk of the world ending although there is plenty to worry about. 2016 or MMXVI, in Roman numeral form, is the 16th year of the 3rd millennium, the 16th year of the 21st century, and the 7th year of the 2010’s decade.

The 68th UN General Assembly declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses.  Pulses are annual leguminous crops (per Wikipedia) yielding between one and 12 grains or seeds of variable size, shape and color within a pod, used for both food and feed.  The term “pulses” is limited to crops harvested solely for dry grain.

Pulse crops such as lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas are a critical part of the general food basket. It is an interesting pick by the United Nations.  Definitely not one I would have selected.

No matter what you call it or how you look at it, lets hope 2016 is a great year for everyone.  We could all use one. Here’s to 2016!

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