They’ve recently unearthed deep-time calendars in Guatemala counting thousands of years into the past and future. The Mayans, a storied star-gazing people, calculated the paths of the planets with their naked eye long before telescopes, tracking the motion of the moon, Venus, and Mars. The calendars provide a peek into how they kept such accurate records of the months, seasons, and years.
One calendar, which charts the transit of Mars and Venus across the sky and back again, spans 7,000 years. It goes well beyond the doomsday forecast for December 21, 2012 (or December 23, depending on who you were listening to).
We’ll need to soldier on, folks, so keep up with your flossing. Unless.
Good old 99942 Apophis, the killer asteroid of 2036, gets us first. Okay, maybe not killer, but still a dangerous asteroid that might could possibly come within striking distance of earth in 2036, thus putting an end to life as we know it. Of course, a number of other things could blow up or collide or erupt or incinerate long before 2036.
Like the Yellowstone Volcano, a suddenly popular apocalyptic possibility. Some are calling it a super volcano. Ooooh. It’s ready to erupt at any moment! Unless you listen to the National Park Service, who says there’s no evidence a catastrophic eruption at Yellowstone National Park is imminent. Current geologic activity remains stable, just as it has since monitoring began back in the 80s. Keep a good thought, nonetheless.
Or someone could push the wrong button, and ka-BOOM. Or all that space junk could plummet to earth at once, all 20,000+ pieces, and ka-BOOM. Or the Cubs could win the World Series, and ka-BOOM. All kinds of possibilities.
Then, too, the world is full of crackpots who enjoy making bizarre predictions, so there will never be a shortage of doomsday scenarios. Or a shortage of doomsday preppers, for that matter.
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