End of the World Guide

By Peach in Get in Style
Tuesday, November 8, 2011, 5:29pm. (Updated: 10/21/13 at 3:31am) Add comments

It’s the End of the World As We Know It?

>>>>>>>>November 11, 2011<<<<<<<<<

Seems like every few years a new zealot group emerges predicting the end of the World sending the gullible amongst us into a state of panic.  May want to start your weekend early, since according to some, it may be your last.  This Friday, November 11, 2011, get it 11/11/11 (clever cults)  is the latest day to fear.

Where is this all coming from?

Apparently, “they” decoded the Mayan calendar again, noting how it ended in November 11, 2011, not December 21, 2012—Ooops!

“We are going to prove mathematically and scientifically and wise men’s reports in the past [as well as] with the Bible…that what we are saying is true,” a Kumasi-based Prophet, Rev. Peter Anamo had emphasized.

If anybody has any doubts, the Prophet says he is willing to submit himself for prosecution should his predictions turn out to be a hoax. Better dig a 6ft. hole!

MYTH 1-Maya Predicted End of the World in 2012

Remember now the date is 11/11/11, but originally predicted December 21, 2012, (give or take a day) was nonetheless momentous to the Maya as the end of a lengthy, complicated, cyclical calendar which will roll over again to Day Zero, beginning another enormous cycle-SURE!

“The idea is that time gets renewed, that the world gets renewed all over again—often after a period of stress—the same way we renew time on New Year’s Day or even on Monday morning,” said Aveni, author of The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012.

MYTH 2-Breakaway Continents Will Destroy Civilization

In some 2012 doomsday prophecies, the Earth becomes a deathtrap as it undergoes a “pole shift.”

The planet’s crust and mantle will suddenly shift, spinning around Earth’s liquid-iron outer core like an orange’s peel spinning around its fleshy fruit.

2012, the movie, envisions a Maya-predicted pole shift, triggered by an extreme gravitational pull on the planet—courtesy of a rare “galactic alignment”—and by massive solar radiation destabilizing the inner Earth by heating it.

Breakaway oceans and continents dump cities into the sea; thrust palm trees to the poles, and spawn earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and other disasters.  Hopefully John Cusak will be around to save the world.

 

MYTH 3- Galactic Alignment Spells Doom

Some sky-watchers believe 2012 will close with a “galactic alignment,” which will occur for the first time in 26,000 years.

In this scenario, the path of the sun in the sky would appear to cross through what, from Earth, looks to be the midpoint of our galaxy, the Milky Way.  Some fear that the lineup will somehow expose Earth to powerful unknown galactic forces that will hasten its doom—perhaps through a “pole shift” or the stirring of the super-massive black hole at our galaxy’s heart.

NASA’s Morrison has a different view. “There is no ‘galactic alignment’ in 2012,” he said, “or at least nothing out of the ordinary.”

MYTH 4-Planet X Is on a Collision Course With Earth

Some say it’s out there: a mysterious Planet X, aka Nibiru, on a collision course with Earth—or at least a disruptive flyby. A direct hit would obliterate Earth, it’s said. Even a near miss, some fear, could shower Earth with deadly asteroid impacts hurled our way by the planet’s gravitational wake.

Could such an unknown planet really be headed our way in 2012, even just a little bit?

“There is no object out there,” NASA astrobiologist Morrison said. “That’s probably the most straightforward thing to say.”

The origins of this theory actually predate widespread interest in 2012. Popularized in part by a woman who claims to receive messages from extraterrestrials. She calls herself a Zeta Emissary, named Nancy- not very alien, Nancy…hmmm…

MYTH 5-Solar Storms to Savage Earth

In some 2012 disaster scenarios, our own sun is the enemy. Our friendly neighborhood star, it’s rumored, will produce lethal eruptions of solar flares, turning up the heat on Earthlings.

Solar activity waxes and wanes according to approximately 11-year cycles. Big flares can indeed damage communications and other Earthly systems, but scientists have no indications the sun, at least in the short term, will unleash storms strong enough to fry the planet.

MYTH 6-Maya Had Clear Predictions for 2012

If the Maya didn’t expect the end of time in 2012, what exactly did they predict for that year?

The Maya did pass down a graphic—though undated—end-of-the-world scenario, described on the final page of a circa-1100 text known as the Dresden Codex. The document describes a world destroyed by flood, a scenario imagined in many cultures and probably experienced, on a less apocalyptic scale, by ancient peoples.

Aveni, the archaeoastronomer, said “the scenario is not literal—but as a lesson about human behavior.”

MYTH 7- Zombies

No Doomsday discussion can be had without the Zombie Bikers coming to destroy our planet.

“The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen,” writes Assistant Surgeon General Ali Khan. “In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.”

Pretty sure we’ve all seen that movie.

In short, maybe the end of the world will happen one day, but there is one thing that nobody has ever escaped, and that’s death. So grab all the canned goods and head to the bunker, but who would want to live through I am Legend?

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