Do You Expect the World to End on Dec. 21, 2012?

With end of the Maya's "long count" calendar set for Dec. 21, there have been predictions about the world coming to an end. Will you be having an End of the World Party on Dec. 21 or do you still expect to be around the next day?

Time for another Midtown Patch Question of the Day, and it's simply this: Do you expect the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012?

There are reportedly many parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case. With the "long count" calendar of the Ancient Mayans coming to an end that day, some people are a little pessimistic about any calendar continuing past that date.

Experts on the matter, however, say we've got nothing to worry about. According to an article on nbcnews.com, "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone — but not an end."

Some people believe the Maya may have predicted "impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field."

But according to the article, that is not the case. In fact Mayan predictions go way past our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come even after their long count calendar came to an end.

There have been several predictions of the end of the world, including the May 21, 2011 biblical prediction by then 89-year-old old "minister" Howard Camping. At that time, Patch columnist Ben Cathey made his own prediction that it would not come to pass. Indeed he was right. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

So what do you think about the predictions of the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012? Will it just be another normal day for you or are you planning an End of the World celebration, just in case?

JM Hurricane November 27, 2012 at 03:59 AM
Yes, it happened already on November 6th, 2012.
JM Hurricane November 27, 2012 at 04:27 AM
16 billion in debt, fastly approaching 20 to 22 billion. America is done as we know it. We have to accept the fact the we are now second world country. I lived in a third world country for two years. It's not so bad, beers are 25 cents and 14 year old daughters are three to five dollars. Five dollars are for everything. Can't wait till that hits Obama's America. Actually, it is already in Atlanta.
JM Hurricane November 27, 2012 at 04:31 AM
22 Trillion (typo)
Jim Phillips November 27, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Wow, JM. Sounds like you really hate black people.
JM Hurricane November 27, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Actually, the same goes for Sub-Saharan Africa, I've been there as well. The prostitutes are not as valued because 9 out of 10 are HIV Positive. 12 years olds are somewhat-valued, in Odumbo's world.
Traci November 27, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Hmm..shouldn't we be partying like it's "1999"?(remember the song by Prince?) Sounds like a good excuse for a party song and a wild party!!
Marc Acampora November 27, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Jim, how'd you draw that conclusion?!
Richard Peterson November 28, 2012 at 04:09 PM
It was a random day in 1997..a heavy set man living in Orlando....after a tough game of put-put, he went home to relax, and crushing four fried shrimp baskets from Captain D's. He laid down on his water bed and tried taking a nap. But then something happened. Something just came into his head. A dream. A sweet sweet dream of ryhthm and dancing. Something that made the glow stick he uses as his lucky dance stick heat up and explode right in his hand. EXPLODED! That was the day Lou Perlman had the bright idea to invent The BackStreet Boys. Thanks Lou.


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