Hot Sauce Bottle, Y2K Millennium Meltdown R-U-Ready?


As the “Millennium Bug” gained media attention, some businesses used the hype to market special millennium foods. From cars to breakfast cereal, companies like the Figueroa Brothers, Inc., cashed in on the Y2K name. This bottle once contained Y2K Millennium Meltdown ¿R-U-Ready? hot sauce, a spicy concoction made with jalapeño peppers.

The Guardian Life Insurance Company's Y2K Project Team spent over three years working to make their company Y2K compliant. This meant many late nights working and thus many visits to the local restaurants. This bottle of hot sauce was given to the team by the owner of the restaurant most frequented by the team.

Date Made: 1990-1999

Recipient: Guardian Life Insurance Company of AmericaMaker: Figueroa Brothers, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Referenced: Y2K


See more items in: Medicine and Science: Computers, Food, Computers & Business Machines, Y2K


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 2004.3020.08Nonaccession Number: 2004.3020Catalog Number: 2004.3020.08

Object Name: bottle

Physical Description: green (label color)yellow (label color)black (label color)plastic (overall material)glass (overall material)paper (overall material)Measurements: overall: 17 cm x 4.6 cm; 6 11/16 in x 1 13/16 in


Record Id: nmah_1271058

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