Knife Man

Postgres sticks it to the Pope

While reading through the PostgreSQL documentation (an open-source database), I stumbled across this gem:

The first century starts at 0001-01-01 00:00:00 AD, although they did not know it at the time. This definition applies to all Gregorian calendar countries. There is no century number 0, you go from -1 to 1. If you disagree with this, please write your complaint to: Pope, Cathedral Saint-Peter of Roma, Vatican.
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I just wanted to share that I absolutely despise the Gregorian calendar.
It is by far the most retarded human invention since Umbrella Hats! Or should I say "next to" Umbrella hats.
If it wasn't for Class::Date I would go insane...
Previous world emperors stole days for their favorite months. Maybe George W. Bush should re-align the calendar to make it more consistent.

(Open source software would be about the only thing to adapt quickly to a calendar redesign...)

On 2nd (and more serious) thought, if we were really to change our calendar, we'd have wanted to publish the new spec by 1995 and implement the new system at the end of 1999.
21st century
That's why the 21'st Century didn't start until Jan 1, 2001.
Makes perfect sense to me...
I can easily see why there's no 0th century. Think about it. Would the zeroth century be the century before Christ was born, or the century after christ was born? Of course then we would have people wondering -- if there's a zeroth century AD, why isn't there a zeroth century BC (or vice versa)? Of course, we could solve that dilemma by having two zeroth centuries, but that would piss off the same people complaining about two first centuries and no zero'th.

Of course, we could split the zero'th century down the middle and have half in the AD and half in the BC, but that would have the 21st century starting around 2050. June 2050. Right.

Now, if you think about it in natural language terms, however, the first hundred years after christ was born would then start at 1AD (I'm not going to argue about year zero here). So what would we call that, the First century AD???
Makes sense to me.....