Thursday, December 20, 2012

The End of the World

The above is from George Takei's Facebook page. He is well worth friending as his posts are always entertaining.

So, if tomorrow really is the end of the world, exactly what time should we be expecting it? High noon? The stroke of midnight?
And what time zone should we use? Were the Mayans in the Central Time Zone? Or Mountain? After all, it will be December 21st in Asia and Australia long before it is here in the U.S. Will they all be gone some time this evening?
Or should we be waiting for the moment it is December 21st all around the globe? (Which is when, by the way? I'm confused by the International Dateline.)

If the world does end tomorrow, a lot of people will probably annoyed that they did all their Christmas shopping. Especially those folks who lined up in the cold and rain to be first in line for those "door-buster" sales at 3 a.m. on Black Friday.
What about the folks who've been putting money into 401k plans and IRAs? Not going to have a chance to use that. On the other hand, people who ran up big credit card bills and have huge mortgages won't have to worry about paying them off.
Personally, I'm going to be annoyed that I have a whole pile of books I want to read and I'm not going to get to them. Then again, I can probably skip going to the gym.

Hmm, could it be that the reason the President and Congress are stalling about dealing with the "fiscal cliff" is that they know something they're not telling the rest of us?

In any case, to those folks who actually believe that the Mayans were able to predict the end of the world, perhaps you need to ponder this: Why did these people, who were supposedly so precise in foreseeing the future, not realize that their empire would be long-gone well before their calendar ran out? Shouldn't they have known they weren't going to need it?


  1. My Dilbert desk calendar ends on December 31. Clearly, that's the day the world is going to end. Who are you going to trust: a bunch of Mayans, or Dogbert?

  2. I have a calendar from the VFW that ends on December 31st, 2013. These guys fought wars and won; I trust them.

  3. I've been to a number of stores, and I don't know why, but I can't find a Mayan calender for next year.