Signs all over Seattle mark 'the end of the internet' as Thursday, December 2, 2021

Cal Jeffrey

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Through the looking glass: Are you reading this post right now? Yes? Are you sure? Because according to signs that have been popping up all over Seattle, Washington, the internet ends today. I know I just posted this article on the internet, so maybe they mean it ends at midnight?

It's a bit hard to imagine what the world would be like without the internet, especially for those young enough (not me) to have zero knowledge of what it used to be like in the late 1980s and early 90s. There are fully grown adults right now who only know what an encyclopedia is because they read about it on the internet or they think you meant to say "Wikipedia." Even those who remember back in the day could hardly manage to get by without some sort of connection to the World Wide Web.

Seatle is home to more than 45,000 Amazon employees whose jobs exist solely because of the internet. So it might have come as a surprise to some of them when signs around Seattle began displaying the message, "12022021 INTERNET ENDS." Hmmm, 12/02/2021?

CNET's Gael Fashingbauer Cooper, who lives in the Seattle area, first noticed the ominous prediction on the sign for a sushi restaurant. Its placard had previously read "Now closed Mondays." She snapped a picture of the letterboard, thinking it was funny and unique, only to find people had seen the message all over Seattle.

Several replies to Cooper's tweet showed the same warning on various street signs and business placards throughout the city. A particularly interesting one appears on the N 80th Avenue overpass sign. That one was made to look like an official WDOT marker—professionally printed on metal and bolted to post the same manner as the other signs.

It's reminiscent of the Mayan Calendar scare of 2012. As you may recall, the world was supposed to end on December 21, 2012 (12212012). What is the fascination with number sequences featuring zeros, ones, and twos? The world may never know, although this particular mystery was solved as of Thursday at 2 pm PST.

Cooper noted in her original article that one of her colleagues found a web page called "12022021endoftheinternet." It appears to mock the original end of the internet webpage.

There was a timer counting down to 2 pm December 2. Well, 2 pm has come and gone, and presumable at the appointed time, the owner of the site posted a video plugging an "anti-cyberpunk novel" called "Murderf**ckers at the End of the Internet." Of course, the cryptic signs were placed by the author Dae D Shields or his confederates as viral marketing for the book.

So no need to worry. Your doomscrolling will not be interrupted any time soon. That is unless you want to read a sci-fi book about a future Seattle that actually sounds rather interesting.

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VitalyT

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what it used to be like in the late 1980s and early 90s
People used to live their lives. Today is like mobile phone zombie post-apocalypse.

Imagine though, coronavirus, in the world without Internet, where people simply cannot work from home. Then you understand how world pandemics spread in the past, like hurricane.
 
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Arbie

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A few years ago we had billboards here predicting the second coming of Jesus on some date. The time wasn't given but I hoped I could see it without missing lunch. Weeks of nail-biting anticipation and... nothing. Unless it did happen during lunch; just my luck if so. Some months later the billboards were gone.
 

captaincranky

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This reminds me of the predictions of doom that surrounded Y2K.
Don't let Elvis hear you say that didn't happen. He started that rumor. I'm still waiting for John F. Kennedy Jr. to weigh in on this.
Seattle began displaying the message, "12022021 INTERNET ENDS." Hmmm, 12/02/2021?
You realize that if you want to date file dire predictions of doom, yesterday was actually 2021-12-02. Any other order makes no sense.
 

captaincranky

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OFC the internet will end. It's because the date is wrong. They put the month first instead of the day.
There's no "2" in binary math, so the date is meaningless anyway.

And I still say if you want to file by date, it has to be organized (year) (month) (day).
 

Ravey

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In the UK we date things by Day Month Year.. So it could be that the internet already ended on the 12th of Feb and we didn't realise lol!

Also, why does it have to be a date? it could just as easily be an 8 digit map reference or some other numeric code.
 

captaincranky

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In the UK we date things by Day Month Year.. So it could be that the internet already ended on the 12th of Feb and we didn't realise lol!
Yeah well, you drive on the wrong side of the streets as well. :p

Besides, I thought the internet ended officially when Trump was kicked off of Twitter. (Not that that's a bad thing, and only if you take his word for it).
 

stewi0001

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I prefer to use Year Month Day when I can. Never the less, there Internet is still working. Darn, guess I have to work today.
 

Uncle Al

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All pointing to the unfortunate downside of the internet ... once every kook was given a voice, they all chose to exercise it and won't be stopping anytime soon .....
 

seeprime

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All pointing to the unfortunate downside of the internet ... once every kook was given a voice, they all chose to exercise it and won't be stopping anytime soon .....
It's a bit surprising that Techspot would even report on this. It's not tech news in any way.
 

captaincranky

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All pointing to the unfortunate downside of the internet ... once every kook was given a voice, they all chose to exercise it and won't be stopping anytime soon .....
I'll be with you in a minute. This old XP clock still has a HDD, and it takes forever to boot..
Chalet+Cuckoo+10%22+Wall+Clock.jpg

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captaincranky

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It's a bit surprising that Techspot would even report on this. It's not tech news in any way.
Suppose you got up this morning to a blank screen, no free porn, and nowhere to whimper about it? Without this article to not be able to read, you'd never know what hit you.
 
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captaincranky

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OK Boyz and Gurlz, (or whatever variant of those you've decided to be), listen up:
Suppose we had internet in 1776, and Paul Revere, (who was way old school), didn't even have a landline phone. :eek:.

So, he jumped on his horse, and began to warn his fellow patriots, sic:
"The trolls are coming, The trolls are coming"
Then, "The SJWs are coming, the SJWs are coming".
Then, "the complete and utter a**holes are coming".
Then, "Trump and his Magats are coming, Trump and his Magats are coming".

Before long, he would have realized the grim futility of his midnight ride. for Pandora had opened her new Verizon FIOS router Box, and unleashed pure evil into the world.
 
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