Saturday, June 23, 2007

World to End in 2012

according to the Mayan calendar. Here's a Doomsday video:

Via: VideoSift

Here's a countdown. There's a graphic representation here.

Wikipedia says
Despite the publicity generated by the 2012 date, Susan Milbraath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology at the Florida Museum of Natural History, stated that "We [the archaeological community] have no record or knowledge that [the Maya] would think the world would come to an end" in 2012.[10]

"For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle," says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Fla. To render Dec. 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in."

But Wonkette has announced that our government supports the Mayan prediction. Plenty of folks are jumping on this bandwagon, including a Survive2012 website. (I wonder how one survives The End of the World?) GreatDreams has lots of photos and handy charts. offers a countdown (currently at 2008 days, 1 hour, 35 minutes and some seconds -my how time flies), T shirts, an article on how The End of the World will affect your credit and an article connecting Biblical prophecy to the Mayan calendar ("The Bible Codes hold cluster after cluster describing a nasty solar event, as well as a terrible disaster in 2012.")

7/2/2007 update:

PositiveLiberty links to this NYT article and closes their 2012 post with this:

Question: Is it fun to think that the world is about to end? Is it somehow validating or life-affirming or something? I have to admit I just don’t get it… But I’m more than content to sit back, open a beer, and watch the apocalypse. Twice, three times maybe. After that, I figure it’ll get old.

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