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Surviving Y2K: A New Millennium Begins in Question Mark

Residents greet the new millennium with relief and stocked pantries after Y2K fears prove unfounded.

By Jameson Spencer | January 1, 2000

As the first rays of sunlight broke over Question Mark, Ohio, this January 1, 2000, its citizens breathed a collective sigh of relief. The feared Y2K bug, which had prompted widespread panic over the potential for global computer failures, turned out to be little more than a hiccup as the world transitioned into the new millennium without incident.

In the weeks leading up to the new year, many citizens in Question Mark had prepared for the worst. Basements were stocked with canned food, bottled water, and emergency supplies, as families braced for the possibility of being cut off from the modern conveniences that society had come to rely on so heavily.

"I must have spent a fortune on canned beans and flashlights," admitted Marjorie Henshaw, a local resident who had prepared a bunker in her backyard. "I'm just glad it was all for nothing."

The town, like many others across the globe, had been swept up in the hysteria that perhaps the transition to the year 2000 would trigger a catastrophic failure of computer systems worldwide. Banks, utilities, and even traffic lights were expected to fail. Yet, as midnight came and went, the lights stayed on, the water continued to flow, and the only thing that crashed were the numerous Y2K parties happening around town.

In the aftermath, the citizens of Question Mark are finding ways to repurpose their emergency supplies. Schools are receiving donations of canned goods, and the local food bank is seeing an uptick in contributions. As for the residents, there's a new appreciation for the resilience of the systems that keep their world running smoothly.

"It's a wake-up call, for sure," said Frank Dobson, a local hardware store owner. "Makes you appreciate what we've got and how quickly it can all seem at risk. But today, I'm just thankful to open my doors like it's any other day."

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