McDonalds and Y2K : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread


Firebringer News Service (FBNS) - Experts warned today of a new and deadly threat to our beleaguered civilization: the 100GB Bug.

As most people know, McDonald's restaurant signs show the number of hamburgers the giant chain has sold. That number now stands at 99 billion burgers, or 99 Gigaburgers (GB). Within months or even weeks, that number will roll over to 100GB.

McDonald's signs, however, were designed years ago, when the prospect of selling one hundred billion hamburgers seemed unthinkably remote. So the signs have only two decimal places.

This means that, after the sale of the 100 billionth burger, McDonald's signs will read "00 Billion Burgers Sold." This, experts predict, will convince the public that, in over thirty years, no McDonald's hamburgers have ever in fact been sold, causing a complete collapse of consumer confidence in McDonald's products. The ensuing catastrophic drop in sales is seen as almost certain to force the already-troubled company into bankruptcy. This, in turn, will push the teetering American economy over the brink, which, finally, will complete the total devastation of the global economy, ending civilization as we know it, and forcing us all to live on beetles.

"The people who know - the sign-makers - are really scared of 100GB," one expert said. "I don't know about you, but I'm digging up a copy of THE FIELD GUIDE TO NORTH AMERICAN INSECTS and heading for the hills."

-- jay kusnetz (, October 01, 1998


Beetles, Big Macs.

Tomatoes, Tomahtoes

-- Craig (, October 01, 1998.

Most of the McDonald's I've seen took the actual count off the signs years ago. Some say "Millions and millions served", others say nothing.

-- Buddy Y. (, October 01, 1998.

what would Carl Sagan say.....("billions and billions...")

-- John Howard (Greenville, NC) (, October 01, 1998.

Thank-you all soooo much for the laugh. I badly needed it today!

-- Tricia the Canuck (, October 01, 1998.

Get serious people, we have more important things to worry about than McDie's signs.

Like what's gonna happen to all those National League newspaper box score columns next year when McG. or Sousa hits over 100 homer's? They all will have to be replaced and reprinted....

And what happens when Smoltz, Glavine, Johnson, or Maddox gets a negative ERA?

-- Robert A. Cook, P.E. (Kennesaw, GA) (, October 01, 1998.

It's humorous, but I think it's a dig at the "ol' survivalist extremists."

-- Gayla Dunbar (, October 01, 1998.

You are correct Gayla. That's why I tried to point out to the guy that he doesn't have his facts straight. As far as McDonald's goes though, their kitchen operations are all automated. I wonder how many of their french fry timers might not be Y2K compliant.

-- Buddy Y. (, October 01, 1998.

Speaking of Carl Sagan, isn't it high time he tried to make "Contact" with us and tell us what's really up out there? If he could, he would, so there must not be an afterlife, after all.

-- Lisa (, October 01, 1998.

I am a cow, hear me moo..............

-- Jean Cook (Kennesaw,GA) (, October 01, 1998.

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