What is this celebration all about? Really. I mean, it is simply a day like any other. It was arbitrarily selected as the beginning of a year mostly by Roman Empire for a calendar they devised. Somewhere around 153 BC, it was moved up from March 1st. Of course, that was a different calendar than we use today, isn't it? Still, it gained popularity even after Roman culture began its decline (one which took several hundred years).
Time is an odd thing about which humans seem to obsess. The concept of a year was well established (even if its form was not agreed upon) well before we knew it marked the complete orbit of the sun by our planet. And it is not even accurate since we have to add a day at four year intervals to "reset" it. It might be more accurate to say 2010 begins (or began, depending on when and from where you are reading this) at noon today.
And all it really means is that we now have to remember to write "2010" on stationary and checks... something which many of us will forget to do for at least a month or more.
However, in keeping with the spirit of the event, I offer a simple puzzle...
A Night Unremembered
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