Happy New Year!

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Zero as in the two zeroes in 2020, and here we are, in the last year of the 2010s. That’s right. It’s not the first year of the ‘20s. It’s the last year of the ‘10s. Don’t worry. A lot of people get this wrong, but it’s a simple fix.

What day does every month start on? That’s right… the 1st. Today is not January 0, 2020. It’s January 1. Same with February, March, April, etc., right on through the year. The ‘20s don’t start until one year from today, January 1, 2021.

So why the confusion? I think it’s for the simple reason that we count the ages of things like people, pets, or institutions from the zero. So, for example, a baby doesn’t celebrate their first birthday until twelve months after they flop out of the uterus, whether by the natural exit or with some creative way-making by a gyno with a scalpel.

In contrast, every month, year, decade, century, and millennium is born on the one. It’s even in our counting system. We count up from one to ten, which is the one that ends with zero.

On the other hand, a countdown goes the other direction and ends, as this one does, with Day Zero, New Year’s Day, the first day of the last year of the ‘10s.

Did I mention that today’s theme is famous bands? And to bring this countdown to a close, I bring you a very famous band called ABBA with a song all about the day. Here’s to new and good things happening. (And ignore the fact that part of the lyrics of this song obviously belong to a New Year’s Day on a year ending in 1!)

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