Thursday, 20 December 2012

This is the end...hold your breath and count to ten

So, the last day of the world is nigh. The end of the world is upon us and as of yet I have as a subject of one of the most developed countries of the world not been issued with any advice at all.

I find this remarkable seeing that I received information regarding the great digital switchover at least two years before it happened, moreover I was even informed more about the recent elections of the police commissioners and that didn't even matter one bit to anyone's life.

As the government has been lax on its duties I have had to turn to more reliable sources such as the Daily Mail and the blogosphere for my information. According to one source I read on the internet 1 in 10 of us are concerned that the world will actually end tomorrow. In Russia the government issued a decree that the world would not end to prevent people from panic buying supplies. If the world ends why buy supplies? The Chinese authorities arrested 500 end of the world theorists. In America NASA felt it had to issue a public statement debunking the theories that abound as to exactly how the world will end.

 

Picture (http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/borowitzreport/google-end-of-world.jpg)

As you may be aware the End of the World prediction stems from the ancient Mayan calendar that has some kind of long cycle attached to it. Based on this cycle the Mayan calendar ends tomorrow, 21/12/2012 at 11.15. My big issue with this is actually the degree of accuracy. We have difficulty predicting when the next bus will arrive let alone the end of the world. And 11.15 where, is this GMT, or EST?

As I understand it in the Mayan civilisation at this time a rebirth of the world occurs and a 'new age' commences. This has promoted the idea that the world as we know it will cease to exist.

So how will it happen? Will it be quick or will it take 1 hour 51 minutes like a Hollywood disaster movie?

The main ideas include:

  • Planetary alignment;
  • Collision with a rogue planet called Nibiru;
  • Polar shift theory;
  • Meteor impact;
  • Giant solar storms.
NASA has addressed each if these on its website, see here

So should we be worried about the end of the world. Well maybe not tomorrow but one day perhaps. My research has discovered some plausible events that could lead to the end of the world as we know it, but not tomorrow.

If you are still worried maybe you should head for the French village of Burgarach where some people believe that a mountain there contains an Alien spacecraft that is ready to blast off taking some humans with it just before the end arrives.

Otherwise, just in case, hold the hand of your loved ones tight tomorrow download some suitable songs to your iPod (see the Independent's suggestion)...And I will see you on the other side.

 

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