Last week, the Russian government issued a statement regarding the forthcoming Mayan apocalypse, reassuring its citizens that everything is going to be all right.
Well, except for “blizzards, ice storms, tornadoes, floods, trouble with transportation and food supply, breakdowns in heat, electricity and water supply.”
(Might want to work on your reassuring skills, guys).
Actually, that quote is from Russia’s Minister of Emergency Situations, Vladimir Puchkov. His point is that, Mayan apocalypse or no, we exist in a relatively constant state of vulnerability. Things happen. He also mentioned that he has “access to methods of monitoring what is occurring on the planet Earth.”
I feel better already.
But apparently many Russians don’t, as a bit of hysteria has recently broken out throughout the country. In Chelyabinsk, for example, they’re building a “Mayan-style archway,” and some towns are experiencing a run on survival goods.
It all stems from the so-called 2012 Mayan Prophecies, which may (but probably won’t) occur on December 21, 2012, at the end of the Mayan’s 13th baktun (or cycle).
There’s a dark side to these doomsday predictions, though. It’s unfortunately likely that, even without an actual apocalypse, bad things will happen. People will overreact.
That’s why the Russian government, NASA, SETI, and other organizations have taken note and issued statements attempting to ease those fears.
One way or the other, we’re about to find out.