Sure, the millennium bug is a pesky problem, but it may not hold a candle to the newly revealed ‘gigaburger bug’. On a Web site, an unidentified visionary recently issued the following warning:
“McDonald’s restaurant signs show the number of hamburgers the giant chain has sold. That number now stands at 99 billion burgers, or 99 gigaburgers (GB). Within months or even weeks, that number will roll over to 100GB. McDonald’s signs, however, were designed years ago, when the prospects of selling 100 billion hamburgers seemed unthinkably remote. So the signs have only two [numerical] places. This means that, after the sale of the 100 billionth burger, McDonald’s signs will read `$00 Billion Burgers Sold.’ This, experts predict, will cause a complete collapse of consumer confidence in McDonald’s products. The ensuing catastrophic drop in sales is seen as almost certain to force [McDonald’s] into bankruptcy. This, in turn, will push the teetering American economy over the brink, which, finally, will complete the total devastation of the global economy, ending civilization as we know it and forcing us all to live on beetles.”
And you thought your company had problems.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal)