In certain internet circles, the perils posed by the dawning of a new millennium, especially the disorder associated with those loudly heralded Y2K computer failures, are whimsically referred to as TEOOWAWKI -- i.e., The End Of Our World As We Know It.

The designation seems intended to serve as a talisman, expected to ward off a looming disaster by mocking it. TEOOWAWKI is perhaps a variation on the epithets scrawled across the plywood hammered up to protect the windows from a hurricane.

Now, it turns out that Y2K is only the beginning.

Consider the event known...

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