Just Another Doomsday

Five days until the Mayan odometer rolls over, and I’m hearing surprisingly little about the end of the world. I expected more freaking out. I’m probably just not watching the right channels.

NASA has produced a Sciencecast to be watched on December 22nd, but I suppose there’s no harm in opening just one present early …

See also LiveScience‘s page on how to explain the doomsday predictions to children. Meanwhile, those of us without children can contemplate this bit of dark humor from The Onion:

Man Who Will Die In Great Eastern Seaboard Flood Of 2023 Preparing For Mayan Apocalypse

FAIRFIELD, CT—Heeding warnings that a world-ending cataclysmic event will occur next Friday, local man Craig Massey, 26, who will be one of several thousand fatalities in 2023’s Great Eastern Seaboard Flood, told reporters today he is fully prepared for the apocalypse he believes the ancient Mayans predicted.

“This is the big one, and I’m not taking any chances,” said Massey, who 11 years from now will drown in Hurricane Cindy’s thrashing storm surge as his house is demolished and all his possessions are washed away. “The conclusion of the 13th b’ak’tun is upon us. I plan on being prepared.”

Displaying more concern for the dire predictions of numerologists than the warnings of modern scientists regarding the changes in climate that will eventually lead to his unceremonious death, Massey confirmed he has spent much of the year fortifying his basement to create a bunker capable of withstanding “doomsday-level forces.”

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  • UrsaMinor

    I see that NASA has hedged its bets by making the ScienceCast video available ahead of Doomsday. :)

    I’m planning on having a combined winter solstice/end-of-the-world party on Friday night. But just in case, I have stocked enough booze to last well into January. One never knows.

    • Paul

      “I see that NASA has hedged its bets by making the ScienceCast video available ahead of Doomsday. :)”

      They also had competing groups of scientist early on for and against global warming. If you waffle enough you can never truly be wrong.

  • Bob Jase

    With Doomsday looming before us we need a new song by the Bangles more than ever!

    • Paul

      Walk like a Mayan? Hmm, just doesn’t seem to have the same punch.

  • Paul

    every time I hear a new doomsday prediction I can only think of the story of Chicken Little running about shouting that the sky is falling.