About 5 hours left before the end of the world (at the time of writing)!
Here we are, at the end of the 13th Baktun, and according to some, the world is going to end today – makes you wonder if there’s any point writing a blog post eh? Actually, I recently, I read an article, at Peter Sheppard’s blog, about this subject and learned that the Mayans did not actually prophesy the end of the world at all.
As you are probably aware, there are people talking about planetary alignments and solar flares and attempting to correlate such events with the Mayan calendar. I wrote about what is supposed to happen here and I made my own prediction here. It seems that some people just want to believe in this stuff and when today has come and gone and we all discover that everything has remained pretty-much the same, the scaremongering, I can guarantee, is not going to stop.
Somewhere in the back of my mind, I remember Jehovah’s Witnesses coming up with a date for the end of the world. If my memory serves me well, I seem to recall it was going to end in 1914. With the events of that year, you might have thought it was a pretty good guess, but they got it wrong and revised their date to 1984 – wrong again.
The year 2000 was another popular date for the end of the world, but that turned out to be wrong too and now this most recent date – I read somewhere that it is supposed to happen at 11 minutes past 11 today (GMT) – is going to be wrong too. That’s my prediction anyway. You would be amazed at just how many dates have been put forward for this event over the years. The most likely prediction, for me, is in 5,000 million years (5 American billion years) when the sun will become a red giant and swallow the Earth.
Between now and then, we are going to hear about asteroid 2004 MN4 which is set to make its closest pass on Friday 13 April 2029. People will be talking about it until 2029 and then after it misses the Earth (which it will according to NASA) they will talk about its trajectory having been altered by the Earth’s gravitational pull, so that when it comes back again a few years later, it will wipe out the Earth.
And after that, well … pick a date … any date. Don’t show me. Make sure you can remember it. Now shuffle all those dates in your head and show the audience. Think about your date; really think (I hope you are actually doing this by the way). Are you thinking about your date? Make sure you are!
OK – here we go …
Is it the year … 2222?