Quiz on the Year 2000

Can you answer these questions about things that happened in the year 2000?
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What country reached a population of 1 billion?
India
Who was elected President of the U.S.?
George W. Bush
Who would have been elected had he received just a few hundred more votes in Florida?
Al Gore
What city hosted the Summer Olympics?
Sydney
What stock market bubble reached its apex in March before imploding?
The Dot-Com
Bubble
Who became President of Russia?
Vladimir Putin
What country was led by Slobodan Milošević until his resignation in October?
Yugoslavia
Who did Jennifer Aniston marry?
Brad Pitt
What period of increased conflict started between Israel and Palestine?
Second Intifada
What company released its 3310 model phone, eventually selling
126 million units worldwide?
Nokia
What faster-than-sound type of aircraft crashed in France, leading it to be
retired from service three years later?
Concorde
What country was connected to Sweden via the Øresund Bridge?
Denmark
What computer bug was predicted to cause major problems but didn't?
Y2K
What became the world's tallest Ferris wheel?
London Eye
In what country was Vicente Fox elected President, ending decades of single-party rule?
Mexico
In what movie did Russell Crowe ask "are you not entertained?"
Gladiator
What did scientists "map" for the first time?
Human Genome
What British rock band released their first album, "Parachutes"?
Coldplay
What orbiting platform gained its first inhabitants?
International Space
Station
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Level 80
May 14, 2020
The Paris crash had nothing to do with the retirement of the Concorde. With only a single fatal accident, the Concorde had one the best safety records of any aircraft ever. It was retired because the cost of fuel made it impossible to fly at a profit. The Concorde used an afterburner to break the speed of sound, and spent more fuel taxiing than most aircraft due during takeoff.
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Level 78
May 14, 2020
As usual there was a bunch of reasons that led to lower passenger numbers. It was profitable enough for quite some time despite high costs/prices.
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Level 60
Jun 5, 2020
Yeah, I'm sure the entire world seeing one fall from the sky while spewing massive flames and then violently explode on impact had nothing whatsoever to do with the decision.
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Level 60
May 14, 2020
Can just "space station" be accepted for International Space Station"?
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Level 80
May 14, 2020
ISS wasn't the only space station. Mir was still in operation, and the US had operated Skylab previously.
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Level 80
May 14, 2020
It's irresponsible to say that Y2K predicted a disaster that didn't occur, implying that the threat was exaggerated. This is the way of thinking that leads people to say, "Quarantining was an overreaction because the experts said 2 million would die and only 50,000 died." Right. Only 50,000 died because of the quarantine, but people see it as evidence that the problem was exaggerated rather than that the mitigation efforts were successful. Y2K absolutely would have been a disaster for the banking industry and world governments, if not for thousands of programmers rewriting millions of lines of code. It's not that Y2K incorrectly predicted a disaster that didn't happen, but that it correctly predicted a disaster that was averted. I would rewrite it as "What computer bug predicted a disaster that was successfully averted?"
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Level ∞
May 14, 2020
You're building a strawman. I stand by the exact wording of the question.
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Level 80
May 14, 2020
How is it a strawman? When you say that the prediction didn't come true, it implies that the prediction was incorrect. What else would one assume with no other information? I don't care how you rewrite it, but you can't leave it looking as though nothing was done and nothing happened. Action was taken, and that action saved the world.
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Level 75
May 15, 2020
A lot of work went into ensuring that problems were averted and those efforts were successful. The clue just says that it didn't cause major problems, which is correct
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Level 70
Sep 25, 2020
I agree with sumguy, the implication from the wording is that the prediction was incorrect. Also, some context helps. The general perception, it seems, is that the threat of Y2K was indeed non-existent and just paranoia. Leaving the wording vague enough that it can support that narrative means that, the latter being prevalent, it will support it in most people's eyes.
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Level 67
May 16, 2020
I disagree with you, you make it sound like the world was going to end, planes crashing all electric appliances spontanously combusting, bigger equipment going rogue and coming after people.. The great apocalypse, the world in flames..

Most likely if nothing had been done only minor problems would have occured, things that could be worked around and adjusted manually as long as you were aware of them, not total meltdowns. (basicly stuff they did beforehand now, correcting the system by " telling" them, no it is not actually a sunday today, but a monday, in the 21st century not the 20th)

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Level 67
May 16, 2020
So not like a building on fire that was put out and then claimed there was no fire like you seem to make it out.
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Level 70
Sep 25, 2020
Now this is a strawman. He actually said "Y2K absolutely would have been a disaster for the banking industry and world governments, if not for thousands of programmers rewriting millions of lines of code." Nowhere there does it describe or imply the ridiculous doomsday scenario you mention, which on the ohter hand is the typical exaggerated portrayal people use when making fun of, or minimizing, the threat.

Also, the consequences would have been bigger than something you can correct in a few minutes by just rewriting a few lines of code. A lot of automated systems work with inner clocks that, if incorrect, will mess their operations.

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Level 81
Jun 3, 2020
The wording you suggested says basically the same thing as the present wording.
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Level 70
Sep 25, 2020
No it doesn't, and it's quite disingenous to say so. "Successfully averted" is far from what amounts to "the prediction didn't happen". The first points to the prediction being true but avoided, whereas the second points to the prediction being false.
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Level 45
Jun 3, 2020
What everyone else has replied as far as this being a straw-man. Also not really fair comparing it directly to the whole COVID argument. Let's keep in mind that states like Florida and Georgia that have almost completely reopened their economies have actually seen a decline in new cases (according to their state health departments) in the weeks since reopening, and that multiple other state health departments (as well as POSSIBLY the WHO and the CDC) have counted any death of any person who has had COVID-19 as a COVID-19 death, even if they died in a car accident or something. So there are definitely other factors at play here...
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Level 46
Jun 6, 2020
ok republican
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Level 78
May 14, 2020
It seems to me that the type of faster-than-sound aircraft is an SST. The Concorde and the Tupolev TU-144 were types of SSTs but the type of aircraft was a supersonic transport. I claim no expertise in this area, I just remember when they first came out we always referred to them as SSTs and the Russians were vying with the Europeans to get the first one in the air.
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Level 66
Jun 3, 2020
I tried SST too.
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Level 82
May 15, 2020
Man, 2000 was a lot worse than I remember. George W. Bush, Putin, Concorde crash, Dot-Com Bubble burst, Second Intifada, Coldplay released their first album . . . yikes.
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Level 81
Jun 3, 2020
was a pretty bad year for Brad Pitt, too.
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Level 80
May 15, 2020
Could you please also accept Millenniumbug since that's whats it's also commonly called (at least here in Europe)
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Level 65
May 15, 2020
Agree. That's what I kept typing in, thinking my spelling was just wrong.
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Level 65
Jun 3, 2020
Yes, exactly the same here.
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Level 72
Apr 5, 2021
And this is still not fixed.
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Level 61
Jun 3, 2020
interesting. never heard that.
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Level 72
Jun 3, 2020
Tried that too at first. When it didn't work, I tried 2000bug, still with no success. Then I put "year" in front of that and, lo and behold - Y2K appeared!
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Level 66
May 15, 2020
Coldplay is Rock? I was going to put them until i read that!
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Level 71
Jun 3, 2020
Soft Rock... I mean they've got guitars, bass, drums and a lead singer. They've developed into pop status now but the music is still technically melodic/alternative/smooth rock or however you want to call it.
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Level 67
May 16, 2020
Second coming, no? ow well, I tried..
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Level 81
Jun 3, 2020
Couldn't remember where the Olympics were but got everything else.
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Level 46
Jun 3, 2020
Accept DNA or genes instead of just genome?

If you're writing one of those you know the answer, just not the exact word.

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Level 84
Jun 3, 2020
I knew the answer for the Ferris wheel but it never occurred to me to add the location descriptor. Can you add the single word as an answer.
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Level 61
Jun 3, 2020
the question about Slobodan Milosevic was confusing because Yugoslavia was not a country in 2000.
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Level 66
Jun 3, 2020
It's crazy to think how different things would be if Gore were awarded 600 more votes in Florida. He becomes president instead of Bush, which keeps the Democratic party content and more to the center (because they're not pushing left in opposition to Bush), and Obama probably never becomes president, which means the right doesn't lose its damn mind, and Trump probably isn't president now. I realize this is all idle speculation, but I think we'd live in a very different world now if it were President Gore.
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Level 45
Jun 3, 2020
I've thought about that too. Perhaps there would be no factories by now and we'd all be riding bicycles everywhere. Who knows?
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Level 85
Jun 3, 2020
Among other things we likely would've never gone into Iraq, more efforts to reduce climate change would have gone through, and the 2008 recession might not be as bad as it was.
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Level 45
Jun 5, 2020
Fair enough, but I shudder to think what would happen if the Green New Deal were actually law. Also remember we had eight years of Obama, who enacted very similar policies to what Gore probably would've.
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Level 66
Jun 5, 2020
Right, but Obama's policies are not the issue. It's what he represented as a young and charismatic black leader. I'm not suggesting his positions were above reproach, but a lot of the blowback against him from the right was based on fear-mongering and incoherent nonsense. Obama's policies engendered a much more extreme reaction than they would have if the same policies had been enacted by Gore. No birtherism. No cries of an impending socialist revolution. No accusations of a covert Muslim hellbent on the destruction of America. And those were the battle cries that led us to Trump. So, yeah, things would be totally different if Gore were elected.
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Level 60
Jun 5, 2020
Imagine thinking the Democratic Party is even on the left. XD
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Level 55
Jun 3, 2020
The second one should read, Which president of the United States was selected by the supreme court?
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Level 45
Jun 3, 2020
I sincerely hope you're joking
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Level 72
Jun 3, 2020
I never heard the Millennium Bug referred to as anything else at the time, certainly not Y2K. Could have been referred to as the 'big con' - how the IT industry made itself millions by overhyping a problem that never was. Cool if you were in on it I suppose. I still remember a supplier of the company I was working for being asked by some outraged waver of a clipboard who couldn't believe anyone could possibly refuse to waste thousands of pounds and hours on 'fixing' a non-problem "What are you going to do if you come back to work on Jan 2nd and find all your computers don't work?' - and the reply totally silencing the nitpicker ''Buy some new ones that do'' !!
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Level 61
Jun 4, 2020
Please accept Millennium bug for y2k. It's commonly known as that also.
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Level 25
Jun 4, 2020
We called it the Millennium bug in England - could that be added?
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Level 67
Jun 4, 2020
I feel like the world needs to redefine what the term rock music means, in such a way that doesn't include Coldplay. They're about as far from rock as you can be while still playing a guitar.
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Level 33
Jun 8, 2020
Who cares about Jennifer Aniston? Do you really think her marriage is something that remarkable for 2000?
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Level 43
Jun 10, 2020
Quiz maker probably fancies her
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Level 57
Jan 4, 2021
"What computer bug"...
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Level 77
Apr 15, 2021
Others have said it, but Millennium bug should be accepted. It's what it was called in the U.K., for one.

and Wikipedia recognizes it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Year_2000_problem