It is not an everyday occurrence to get a call from your editor, asking you to report the end of the world from the only village that will survive the apocalypse. I will pack my bags today (Tuesday) and head to Bugarach in the south of France tomorrow. The promise is that I will keep you up to date every step of the way. Even if the world ends for you, you can at least be assured that you saw how a survivor took all the hardships just to entertain you at the end of your journey.
What’s at stake
Rumour has it that the world will end in 2012. Three main scenarios have been spreading around:
The Mayan calendar is coming to an end, therefore the world must be annihilated, destroyed, etherised.
The supposed Planet Nibiru, discovered by the lovely Sumerians is a bit of bully and heading our way, thinking it should teach our Earth a lesson. However, Nibiru can be a bit of a lazy bum at the same time. It was supposed to do the hassling in 2003, but perhaps negotiations with the Mayan elders delayed it until now.
Galactic alignments will make the Earth’s tummy rumble and be very, very sick. I suppose leading to a bit of irritation in every inhabitant of the planet.
Scared enough? Are you going to do something about it before doomsday chokes you right where you are? OK, it’s time to talk facts. Go bring your bottle of wine or your beautifully brewed tea, sit down, relax and fear not. Let me tell you why all of the above is a myth. Pardon me, let me correct myself right there, it’s a hoax.
What happened when your 2010 calendar was on its last page? As soon as you were done with your many parties and Christmas shenanigans, you took it off the wall and threw it in the bin. Ha! Did that end the world? No! You spent a small sum of your hard-earned money and purchased a new calendar that incidentally had 2011 on it. You get the point about the Mayan calendar thing, right? They have something called the long-count that will end on December 21; and what will happen next? Naturally, the new one will begin.
NASA’s very own doomsday expert David Morrison explains here why the 2012 end of the world story is a bunch of nonsense, Nibiru is a mythical ball and that galactic alignments are a normal happening:
According to NASA “the world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than four billion years and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012”. I say cheer up and instead of apocalyptic worries enjoy this NASA Gangnam parody:
- Ali May