ok, this is my coworker has ..this is his first time writing a sql stored proc... declare @mindate as Datetime Select @mindate=-53690 Then in his select/update statements he has: select whatever from table1 where datefield > @mindate -- That @mindate = -53690 comes to "Jan 1 1753 12:00AM" when I do a print on it in QA. I cant find any info in BOL for it. Googled and nothing. Is that a good way of comparing date to "1753'?? anyone used this method??