When the first computers came about, space was a fairly limited commodity. They used punch cards for memory, and in order to save room, the programmers chose to designate chronological dates with a simple two number variable. The year 1964 would be represented as 64, and so forth. This all worked fine until the end of the century, when analysts suddenly realized a big problem. Computer systems were going to automatically switch from 99 to 00, and think (incorrectly) that it was the year 1900.
Did this really matter? Experts said yes, and predicted that nuclear power plants would fail, airplanes would fall out of the sky, and soda machines would start vindictively shooting their cans at people, just like in Maximum Overdrive. Unless something drastic was done, it would be the downfall of society as we knew it!
Approximately $100 billion dollars was thus spent to rectify the error. Computer programmers went through countless lines of codes, fixing the systems and adding backdoor programs so they could sneak in later to loot the companies, while ordinary people stocked up on canned goods and rifle ammunition in preparation of the mass chaos to come. The apocalypse clock ticked ever closer, and finally at 11:59 PM, December 31, 1999, the world held its collective breath…
And nothing happened. Despite the fact that numerous computers across the globe still possessed the fatal glitch, the end of the world did not occur. Life pretty much went on as normal, which essentially involved a bunch of people being unpleasant to each other, and is expected to continue as such until the year 10,000. That’s when the next problem is supposed to happen, due to the programmers foolishly choosing to use five digits for their Y2K complaint systems instead of six.