Posted by Jon Phillips on Monday, October 11th, 2010
Do you have plans for December 22, or are you convinced that no one will be here to celebrate the holidays? Let’s investigate the end of the world as we know it.
As far as I know, no one has asked us to investigate what might happen on December 21. We may not be investigating, but enough people are freaked out by the end of the world that scientists have taken time out of their legitimate work to explain to the conspiracy theorists and the naive that nothing is going to happen. Even NASA has provided extensive answers to questions about the coming apocalypse and the Mayan calendar.
According to NASA, we have nothing to worry about. From their website:
Question: Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
Answer: The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.
There you have it. There is plenty more information on their site.
But what about the Mayan calendar? NASA scientists stated that the Mayan calendar doesn’t end, it just starts a new period, like we do on January 1. Of course the Mayans didn’t have all kinds of next year calendars featuring cute kittens, or a joke for every day of the year. Don’t worry, those kittens are going to grow into cats next year.
There have been all kinds of predictions regarding the end of the world. The apocalypse as described in the bible, in the Book of Revelation, or the predictions of Nostradamus are probably the most popular end of times predictions. So far, none of these has come true.
According to a survey by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with the Religion News Service, almost four in 10 Americans believe that natural disasters, such as Hurricane Sandy are evidence of the coming end times.
Maybe they are right, or maybe Hurricane Sandy is a result of global warming, or maybe it is the natural cycle of things. I know that there are survivalists stocking up food and supplies in their home-made bomb shelters, preparing for doomsday. I also know that no matter what happens, some bad people will try to take advantage of the situation to scam those people who are preparing for the end.
I’ll just say this: remember Y2K? That was going to be another global meltdown. All the computers which run practically everything, even in 2000, were going to shut down, all because of a date. I remember that our industry was inundated with calls from companies looking for ramped up security on New Years Eve, just in case. We got up on January 1 and our computers were still working. So was everything else.
I don’t think that private investigation and security agencies have been getting the same kind of calls for December 21.
Private investigators aren’t scientists, or religious scholars. We search for facts and attempt to put them together in some cohesive manner to make sense of the truth. So what is the truth? Who knows. The end of the world is something no one will ever be able to predict, and many have tried. The world could end before you read the next
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