Tuesday, April 15, 2008

DOOM, I tell you, DOOOOOOOOM Mayan Apocalypse, 2012
The driver was taking me from Melbourne airport into the city. As we chatted, it came out that he was deeply worried. He had a wife and child, and a new baby on the way - but what was the use of living, he cried, if the world would end in 2012 as predicted by the Mayan prophecies, when his new baby would be just four years old.

Prophecies about the end of the world (or at the very least, civilisation as we know it) have been around forever. There was a flurry of them around 2000 AD, and another bunch for 5 May 2005, when all the planets were supposed to line up. (By the way, they didn't line up and yep, we're still here.)

I posted about a History Channel program on this. I'm kind of jazzed about this one since it's all archaeological and stuff. Happily, however, we won't have barely literate computer schmucks telling os the world is going to end because of a Y2k1100 error. . . . .