Submitted by Kandee Wallace
Not only are the holidays quickly approaching, but so is the end of the world — at least according to some.
If you’re really not feeling the holiday spirit or buying all those gifts and spending your hard-earned cash, you could always invest in surviving Dec. 21.
What exactly do you need to prepare for?
Well, there’s wide speculation, so I would just suggest preparing for solar flares, floods, earthquake, zombies and any other natural or far-fetched, Hollywood-like endings of the world as we know it.
How do you do that?
Twinkies, clearly. But, with Hostess shutting down, apocalypse survivors better stock up fast unless they want to place all their hopes and dreams in generic knock-off Twinkies. (I wouldn’t suggest it though.)
So where exactly did this theory of the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012 come from?
It comes from speculations and studies by scientists, theorists, specialists and just plain crazy people about the ancient Mayan calendar.
The ending of the Mayan calendar on this day has been speculated as “the end of the world” by many, but in reality it’s just the ending of a cyclical calendar for the Mayans, much like 2000’s celebration of the millennium.
Not coincidentally, Dec. 21 is also the winter solstice and the aligning of the solar system and the sun to the middle of the Milky Way galaxy (which only happens every 25,772 years). The Mayans were well-versed in math, engineering, architecture, astronomy and other sciences, which explains their “predictions.”
Not only did the Mayans base their calendar on these astrological findings, but they also predicted future moon phases, comets and even eclipses.
It seems some in the human race are obsessed with discovering the date of society’s demise, and the attention shown to these ideas over the past 50 or so years, especially, seems to be “the sooner the better.”
Well, no worries.
The scientific community at large doesn’t buy the cataclysm set for Dec. 21. The human race is probably safe for another good length of time.
Regardless, we still have to take finals, and if that’s not a bummer, I don’t know what is.
It’s just too bad the 5,125-year calendar couldn’t have ended a week-and-a-half earlier.
Instead, the end of the world may come earlier for some on Dec. 17, when grades are posted.
Wallace is a junior art major