Academy Awards Easter Egg - Woody and Buzz (Aired March 26, 2000)

When Woody and Buzz are on the podium to present the Academy Award for best short animated film, watch what happens after Woody tells Buzz that he's supposed to be dressed up. Buzz presses a button and out springs a red bow tie that says "Happy 1972". The joke lies in the fact that the animators of Toy Story use Unix and/or Linux on their animation computers. Unix and/or Linux, unlike most operation systems doesn't add seconds from 1900, it adds seconds to the year 1972!

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Contributed By: Anonymous on 03-31-2000
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sleestak writes:
1972 was the last year with the same day/week/leap-day configuration as this year. Folks with non-Y2K compliant VCRs and other date sensitive devices were told to set them to 1972 to avoid date problems. I leave it to the next reader to decide the relationship of this fact to Buzz's electric bowtie.
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Mike Donner writes:
"Happy 1972" refers to the New Year's party in Forrest Gump, also starring Tom Hanks.
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Ryan King writes:
I'm sure the "Happy 1972" thing is some sort of inside joke, but Unices internally represent time counting from 1970, not 1972.
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Keith Tyler writes:
is there some long-running Buzz-Unix connection that we're all missing?
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