I've actually always been suspicious of this. I've never run my domain name through a WHOIS service, but simply entered it in my browser's address bar (though I guess it's possible this isn't "safe" either) to see if it was owned or not.
WWMPCDD writes: As Steve McIntyre points out, a "strange discontinuity, or "jump" in many locations," in temperature data, "all occurring around the time of January, 2000" seems to have been caused by a Y2K bug. 1998 is no longer the warmest year on record, being replaced by the year 1934.
WWMPCDD writes: The Department of Energy estimates that in the average home, 40 percent of all electricity used to power home electronics is consumed while the products are turned off. Add that all up, and it equals the annual output of 17 power plants, the government says.