Will the World End on Dec. 21, 2012?

| by Michael Allen

With humanity coming up fast on 2012, publishers are helping readers gear up and count down for the end of the world. The latest scare comes courtesy of the Mayan calendar and a book called '2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl.'

Conspiracy theorists disagree about what humankind should expect on Dec. 21, 2012, when the Maya's "Long Count" calendar marks the end of a 5,126-year era, but nevertheless Dec. 21, 2012, is the new doomsday, so mark the date if you dare.

The "Long Count" calendar, which was discontinued under Spanish colonization, tracks more than 5,000 years, then resets at year zero.

The legend goes that on the Winter Solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. This means that whatever energy typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m.

This is called the '2012 phenomenon.'

Public concern is so high that NASA has a section on its website debunking the new doomsday with assertions such as "Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012" and "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."

Archaeologists recently found a 1,300-year-old carved brick fragment at a temple ruin in Comalcalco, Mexico that refers to Dec. 21, 2012. The brick is now kept in a vault at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History, which hopes to draw 52 million visitors to the economically depressed region.

Not to be outdone, Americans are selling everything from survival guides to reservations inside bunkers that are supposedly nuclear bomb and asteroid-proof.

Californian businessman Robert Vicino is building the luxury bunkers in secret locations with the pitchlines: "What if the prophecies are true? Which side of the door do you want to be on?"
Vicino claims to have more than 5,000 Americans booking places and is building bunkers in Europe.

In Bugarach, France, locals claim that a magnetic force surrounds the town’s ‘mystical’ mountain where the top layers of rock are older than the lower ones. They believe that the mountain will protect them from the apocalypse to come.

The party poopers, i.e. educated geologists, claim that after the mountain was formed, it exploded and the top flew into the air, before landing upside-down. 

Another good doomsday ruined by educated, logical people.