Don’t you just love Doomsayers? You know, those fun filled people who think that the world is nigh or that everyone is going to get swept up in the Rapture… or as it turned out, not in 2011. Then again, perhaps 2012 will be their lucky year, as it were.
Luckily, NASA are here to comfort us all that the world – well, ours anyway – is not going to end in 2012. As they rightly point out, the end of the long count of the Mesoamerican Calendar comes to an end on 21st December 2012, when a new long count begins. There’s also not much chance of mythical planets appearing out of the wazoo to hit the Earth, nor ninja comets, meteor impacts or anything else you’ve probably heard about – as NASA says:
For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.
Well, that’s cleared that up then, hasn’t it? Well, not quite.
Just to maintain the balance of the universe and to put a bright spin on the year, the Wired website has a fascinating article that details eight fun ways the world really could end in 2012(ish). Worst of all, should they come to pass, Bruce Willis won’t be able to help avoid any of them. Sorry.
Personally, my money is on human stupidity as by far the most likely way for humanity to disappear off the face of this planet during 2012.