Apocalypse Poll: Will Apple Valley be Obliterated Dec. 21?

The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur Dec. 21—less than two weeks from today. Do you buy it?


Time for another Apple Valley-Rosemount Patch Poll, and it's simple this time: Do you expect the world to end Dec. 21, 2012?

Apocalypse in the house ... and it's less than two weeks away.

Seriously though, even NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing. The date is simply the end of one time period that simply starts over. Or so they think.

“Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA wrote.

But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case the Earth explodes, or zombies run amok. With the "long count" calendar of the Ancient Mayans coming to an end that day, some people are a little pessimistic about any calendar continuing past that date.

However, experts on the matter, like the NASA thing above, say we've got nothing to worry about. According to an article on nbcnews.com, "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone—but not an end."

Some people believe the Maya may have predicted "impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field."

But according to the article, that is not the case. In fact Mayan predictions go way past our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come even after their long count calendar came to an end.

Then there are those in the New Age camp who say there's something to the prophecy, but that it's a good thing. It'll be "the end of the world as we know it," to borrow from the REM song, and the beginning of an age when human consciousness advances beyond the fear and avarice that have ruled mankind in the past.

There have been several predictions of the end of the world, of course, including the May 21, 2011 biblical prediction by then 89-year-old "minister" Howard Camping. At that time, Patch columnist Ben Cathey made his own prediction that it would not come to pass. Indeed, he was right. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

So what do you think? We doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!

linda December 09, 2012 at 03:33 AM
When we treat our earth like a sewer and consume everything without respect, what do you think? I've never got caught up in this, but with our weather / drought, glaciers melting the size of United States, tsunani causing leaking of radioactive material and debris into our oceans which raise water temperatures, yes, I'm scared. i think we've gone beyond the point of correcting this situation.
Brent Jacobson December 10, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Matthew 24:36 (AMP) 36[But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. ]
Michele Olson December 15, 2012 at 05:45 PM
The Mayans also occasionally practiced human sacrifice; how far do we want to go with the Mayan belief system? Re linda's comment, I agree that there are problems - BIG problems - with the earth's health. Or rather, the earth's health in relation to US. The earth will go on just fine; we may not. (I find the end-of-the-world parties tacky and callous to the fact that the earth IS hurting and people are being affected NOW.) But I'm not a fan of giving up; I think we need to be responsible stewards and fix it.
John December 16, 2012 at 04:07 AM
Michele, I am with you.


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