2012 Apocalypse: The Roundup At The End Of The World

By on December 11, 2012 // Yesterday's Myths & Mysteries // 0 Comments

The Roundup At The End Of The World
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In 10 days, I’ll stop talking about the Mayan apocalypse.

I promise.

We’re not there yet, though, so let’s take a look back at all the doomsday stuff we’ve witnessed over the past year, and what’s going on right now. It’ll be…fun? Well, as fun as the end of the world can be.

We Talk About It

I’ve got a whole series of posts here about the end of the world, and I’ve given the Mayan apocalypse its fair share of attention. Here are a few of the highlights:

And World Governments Respond

Oh, sure. We can write our silly articles about some prophecy or another. But it’s when people take this stuff seriously that things can get…dark.

That’s why several world governments and other agencies have spoken out against the idea of a Mayan apocalypse. Most are serious, others not so much.

Last week, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard broke the serious trend and addressed her “dear remaining fellow Australians” in an online video:

And finally, the Canadian Medical Association Journal published a tongue-in-cheek “study” regarding the negative impact the coming apocalypse will have on important medical research, despite the potential “zombie repopulation” that may follow afterwards.

“There is a great deal of speculation concerning the end of the world in December 2012, coinciding with the end of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar (the “Maya calendar”). Such an event would undoubtedly affect population survival and, thus, survival outcomes in clinical trials.

Here, we discuss how the outcomes of clinical trials may be affected by the extinction of all mankind and recommend appropriate changes to their conduct. In addition, we use computer modelling to show the effect of the apocalypse on a sample clinical trial.”

Check out the full study here: The Mayan Doomsday’s effect on survival outcomes in clinical trials.

But Do Most People Care?

That’s the question, though, isn’t it? I’ve already “lamented” the mainstream public’s general apathy regarding this year’s apocalypse, mostly because I enjoy a good doomsday prophecy.

2012 is certainly no Y2K.

But I guess it’s a good thing most people aren’t worrying about it. In fact, these days it’s almost like people are bored of weird prophecies or, worse, that they’ve got other, more important things to worry about.

Oh, well. There’s always a new prophecy out there. And who knows? Maybe something will happen on December 21…

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About the Author

Rob Schwarz is a writer, blogger, and part-time peddler of mysterious tales. He manages Stranger Dimensions in between changing aquarium filters and reading bad novels about mermaids.
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