Nostradamus and the End of the World As We Know It

I know I tell you folks this all the time, but let me say it again: I love The History Channel, especially crappy shows about aliens and whatnot. Well, since the world is going to end in 2012, they seem to be airing tons of Nostradamus, 2012, or Apocalypse/Bible Code programs.

They usually have all the same “experts” come in and talk about how the world will end and how it has all been predicted, blah blah blah. So, I will discuss two of these topics: Nostradamus and the Mayans.

Nostradamus
You all know the stories, Nostradamus makes eerie predictions that have come true over the years. But, I have a problem with the guy, well not so much the guy, but the people who say he was right. If you make vague predictions, it is not hard to go back in time and fit them to actual events.

In order to make a point, I am going to make a prediction. I will write something and we shall see if it comes true.

In the days of the shortened sun
The sky will darken and blood shall run
The eagle and lion shall dance together
Their lives entwined forever and ever

I made that up in like five minutes, and I will bet money that in the next few months some of it will come true. I just need to remember to watch the news.

The Mayans
So the Mayans invent a pretty cool calendar. Unfortunately, it ends on 12/21/2012. The doomsday folks like to look at that and say “oh my god, the world will end.” In reality, all that it means is the Mayan calendar starts a new cycle.

They even wrote things down that would happen after the cycle resets, such as anniversaries of different rulers. Unfortunately though, no one asks a Mayan expert (hopefully an anthropologist) their thoughts on the subject.

Want to know something crazy? My 2009 calendar ends on December 31! The world must be ending, oh wait. It actually means I have to buy a new calendar. Once the Mayans were done doing their hard work on a couple thousand year long calendar, they decided to end it at the most logical point. The end of the cycle. I bet the guy working on it figured that someone else would start a new one. He did not think his people would fade into obscurity.

So yeah, that is how I feel about some of this stuff. The world will be fine in 2013, nothing will happen on 12/21/12…or will it?

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