History has a funny way of playing tricks on our memory, and the Y2K bug is a good example.
The famous computer glitch was devilishly simple: experts worried that computers and programs using a two-digit date system would flip their lids in the year 2000 - when their systems read "00."
You probably remember the almost-hysterical panic some people felt before New Year's Eve 1999. Grocery stores across the country noticed more people buying canned goods and bottled water.
These days, if we remember Y2K at all, it's remembered as history's greatest anticlimax. The new year came, things were alright, and we all had a good laugh about it.
Some people even remember Y2K as a hoax that we all fell for, imagining that the risk was made up from the very beginning.
In fact, the world came closer to disaster on January 1, 2000 than most people realize.
What almost everyone forgets is many computer programs were outdated, and were at risk of malfunctioning.
Banks, insurance companies, power plants, and airlines were all at risk because their computers and programs relied on calendars most of all.
Here in America, state and local governments were also at risk, because they mostly relied on outdated technology.
And while the world didn't suddenly end because of the bug, it caused some serious consequences that we forget today.