It All Ends On Friday - Take Your Pick Of These Cataclysms

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Dec 19, 2012.

  1. pspr


    They say it won't happen, at least not on Friday, but in the event the Mayan prophecy of the end of the world is right, scientists have foretold a raft of bloody and catastrophic fates for us all.

    Dark comets, famine, super-volcanoes, catastrophic climate change, and a plague of cancers are just some of the ends that could fulfill the prophecy.

    Astrophysicist Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who discovered pulsars, believes the most likely disaster that could pencil Doomsday into Friday's diary is a black comet.

    A dark comet slamming into the earth could be as destructive as the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs

    Such an end would match that of the dinosaurs who after walking the planet for about 165 million years - homo sapiens has been around for a mere 200,000 years - were killed off by a 10km asteroid or comet that slammed into the planet.

    Professor Bell Burnell believes if the world as we know it is to end on December 21 it would have to be a dark comet that strikes.

    Dark comets have little of the ice and snow that most comets have, and a lot more dust which makes it much more difficult to spot them as they speed through Space.

    'Comets normally are big, dusty snowballs. A dark comet has not much snow and a lot of dust. They are much harder to get a handle on,' she said.

    The collision itself, except for those near the point of impact, would be unlikely to be fatal to the world's population but it would throw up so much dust into the atmosphere that billions of people could expect a slow death.

    Huge quantities of dust would bring on an 'eternal winter' in which the sun would be obscured and crops around the world would fail, leading to mass famine.

    Dr Dave Rothery, a volcanologist at the Open University, foretells a similar end but he thinks the death-bringing dust would be put into the atmosphere by a supervolcano.

    A dark comet or a super-volcano would put so much dust into the atmosphere that there would be catastrophic crop failure

    More than 240 cubic miles of molten rock and debris are blasted into the sky by super-volcanoes.

    Much of it would remain in the atmosphere as volcanic dust which would, just as with a massive asteroid or comet, block out the sun and cause famine.

    'It would put so much ash and sulphur dioxide into the atmosphere that photosynthesis may break down," he warned.

    A similar, albeit less devastating, even took place in 1816 when a volcano in Indonesia erupted and put so much dust into the atmosphere that it became known as 'the year of no summer'.

    Other scientists asked by The Times what cataclysms could bring on the end of the world on Friday, in line with what many people believe is foretold by the ancient Mayan prophecy, included Bryan Lovell, a former president of the Geological Society.

    His favourite Doomsday scenario was a vast escape of methane caused by an undersea landslide.

    Methane is a greenhouse gas but it is about 20 times more powerful in warming the world than is carbon dioxide.

    Dr Lovell said a huge release of sub-sea methane deposits would accelerate man-made climate change and lead to 'catastrophic climate change not too many Fridays from now'.

    But it is not just scientists who are putting forward theories as to how the world will end and they range from the unlikely to the fantastical.

    Among the favourites is that a rogue planet, Nibiru, which has long been inhabiting the far reaches of the solar system, beyond even Pluto, is now on a collision course with Earth.

    Scientists have dismissed the theory as ridiculous not just because no one has ever managed to detect it in the outer reaches of the solar system but because if such a large object was heading this way it would have been spotted by now

    Scepticism on the part of experts, however, has done little to diminish the determination of thousands of people to find a safe haven from disaster.

    In France the authorities have had to bar New Age followers from travelling to Bugarach, a tiny village home to fewer than 200 people, and the 'mystical mountain' where it is located.

    Doomsday fanatics have identified Bugarach as a place of safety on the grounds that aliens live hidden within the mountain and are waiting for the end of the world when they will rescue humans in the area.

    'I have issued an order barring anyone from climbing the mountain. And those trying to get into the village will be stopped and asked what their business is,' said Regional prefect Eric Freysselinard.

    The village and the mountain will only be re-opened to outsiders two days after the end of the world is scheduled to have taken place.

    The Doomsday prophecy is based on an ancient calendar from the Mayan civilisation that was based in what is now Guatemala in in Central America.

    The calendar lasts for more than 5,000 years but comes to an end on Friday, which has prompted fears it forecasts the end of the world.

    Other favourite Doomsday scenarios include a vast solar storm which will flare out from the Sun and engulf the Earth.

    An alternative doom-laden theory is that a rogue black hole will swallow up the Earth, or that a quirk of galactic alignments will trigger a disastrous reversal of the Earth's magnetic field.

    Vivienne Parry, a former presenter of Tomorrow's World, suggested a cancer that starts in foxes but can be transmitted to humans.

    Man's best friend? A plague of cancers passed from foxes to people via dogs is one way the world could end.

    Dogs, she suggested, would cease to be man's best friend and instead become man's worst enemy because the cancer would be transmitted through them.

    Foxes would bite the dogs, transmitting the cancer to them, and they would bite their human owners.

    She said that were all dogs to be destroyed as soon as people realised they were passing on an untreatable cancer the end of the world for humans could be postponed.

    But she suspects man's love of his canine companions would seal his fate because putting down every dog would be too much to ask.

    So, take your pick. One is bound to happen on Friday, right?

    Me, I'm getting a root canal on Thursday so if the world ends on Friday I'm going to be really P.O.'d that I didn't postpone the procedure.
  2. wjk


    Depending on your endodontist, you may be hoping for the world to end!:eek:
  3. pspr


    LOL Yeah, it is just hours away. If there is a big rock headed this way I wish some astronomer would spot it and get it announced on TV before noon today. :confused:
  4. Mav88


    I switched to the Mayan view in my outlook calendar, it would not let me make appointments after friday

    Must be that Y13Baktun bug people been talking about. So does anyone know where I can get a 14th Baktun Calendar for my wall? I didn't see any at hallmark. Gotta keep it clean, my wife didn't appreciate that 'girls of the mayan sacrifice' one I had.
  5. pspr



    I can't wait for tomorrow now.

    MERIDA, Mexico - The celebration of the cosmic dawn began with a fumbling of the sacred fire meant to honour Friday's end of the Mayan long count calendar.

    Gabriel Lemus, the white-haired guardian of the flame, burned his finger on the kindling and later somebody knocked a burning log out of the ceremonial brazier onto the wooden stage, before he quickly scooped it up.

    Still, the white-clad Lemus, like about 1,000 other shamans, seers, stargazers, crystal enthusiasts, yogis, sufis and swamis in a Merida convention centre about an hour and a half from the Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza, was convinced that it was a good start to the coming "New Era" supposed to begin around 5 a.m. on Friday.

    "It is a cosmic dawn," said Lemus. "We will recover the ability to communicate telepathically and levitate objects ... like our ancestors did."
  6. Has anybody else noticed the calendar in windows ends dec 31 2099?
  7. Mav88


    So much for booking that cruise in 2101

    Hey why am I here, the solstice was 70 minutes ago?
  8. Obviously wrong time zone.
  9. Redneck


    well shoot - that was pretty anticlimactic

    C'est la vie

  10. Shit , I still owe people money then. :eek:

    Damnit I outta sue whatever asshole came up with that nonsense :mad:
    #10     Dec 21, 2012