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End of the World


December 21st is the day. The world is supposed to end according to the Mayan “Long Count” calendar.  Some have supposed, with no good cause, that a collision with the non-existent planet Nibiru will bring about our demise. Before we all drink the vintage wine we were saving for a special occasion, we might reflect that these apocalypse events come up with remarkable regularity.  As each one fails to deliver, the date is pushed along to the next one.

The best reassurance on the Mayan ‘prediction’ comes from Charlie McDonnell in a video blog he posted at the beginning of the year. Yes, the Mayan calendar ends on Dec 21st, just as the Justin Bieber calendar stops at the end of the year. This does not mean that Justin Bieber is predicting the end of the world, only that you need a new calendar for next year. A more detailed account of the Mayan calendar, albeit a less entertaining one, is given by Sven Gronemeyer. The world will not end tonight, and there will be a blog here tomorrow.


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