True or False?

Every century has had and always will have 100 years in it.

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  2. cinnamengirl

    I want to say false, but I can’t prove it presently. ;-)

    May 06, 2017
    1. den_of_iniquity2

      Yep, a true answer would be so obvious I wouldn’t ask the question.
      Here’s my answer. The very first century consisted of years 1-99. As far as I know, we never had a year zero, and year 100 began the second century. So the first century had only 99 years.

      May 06, 2017
      1. mister-sandman

        Huh. That’s actually pretty cool.

        May 07, 2017
      2. stevehayes13

        The second century began in the year 101. The year 100 was the last year of the first century.

        May 10, 2017
        1. den_of_iniquity2

          I don’t think so. We celebrated the beginning of the new millennium / century in 2000, not 2001.

          May 10, 2017
          1. stevehayes13

            Yes, and you were wrong.

            May 11, 2017
            1. den_of_iniquity2

              No, I am not. It’s all a matter of custom, and starting the century / millennium with 2000 is the custom. It’s what virtually the whole world agrees on. You may think your way is more technically correct, and there are a few people who agree. But that isn’t the way it is.
              http://www.geek-central.gen.nz/peeves/21st_century_start.html

              May 11, 2017
            2. den_of_iniquity2

              In short, those who say that, technically, the 21st century of the Gregorian calendar starts with 2001, are wrong: technically, we haven’t even reached the end of the first Gregorian millennium yet—we’re still in the early part of the fifth Gregorian century.

              May 11, 2017
            3. den_of_iniquity2

              I’ve been doing more checking, and there is a lot more support for your position than I realized, in academia at least. But there is also support for my position, such as
              https://www.thoughtco.com/18th-century-timeline-1992474
              So, I can’t say you are wrong. But the whole idea of decades and centuries was cooked up centuries after the year 0 or 1, so it’s all a matter of how we (most of us) think of it.
              Maybe it’s like the tomato, which is technically a fruit, but we think of it and use it as a vegetable.

              May 11, 2017
    2. den_of_iniquity2

      BTW, the same is true for the first century BC.

      May 07, 2017