If theories according to the Mayan Long Count calendar hold true, 2012 may be our last year on earth.
Happy Last Year, everyone! If theories according to the Mayan Long Count calendar hold true, 2012 may be our last year on earth. This concept was the basis for a 2009 Roland Emmerich disaster film; the timely titled “2012.”
However, this is not the first time the world’s end has been predicted. Harold Camping has predicted the end of the world a few times now. Once in 1994 and twice in 2011, he predicted the end of days by a mathematical equation that interprets prophesies within the Bible.
Y2K was the shortened version of Year 2000, and the belief was that programs would not be able to accept the millennium change and crash; Resulting in a malfunction of early warning systems that would lead to a nuclear war, and that the world’s dairy supply would dry up because the equipment would malfunction. The reason behind this was that systems in the 20th century used two digit dates for the year, and anything beyond 30 would be interpreted as 1930 by the computer systems instead of 2030. 2000 divided by three is 666, the number of the Antichrist, and some believed this to be a sign of his arrival.
A more recent play on the epidemic theory has been the zombie apocalypse, where a super virus (or even radiation) has turned the population into the brain hungry creatures. The CDC even launched a campaign as a reaction to radiation fears after the Japan earthquake and tsunami, which directs families to have a kit ready in the case of a zombie apocalypse and how to implement their safety plan.
The zombie apocalypse has been a running theme for the duration of man’s existence on earth, and Hollywood continues to cash in on it with movies such as “Zombieland” and “28 Days Later” and TV shows that use it as a plot theme such as “Supernatural” and “The Walking Dead.”
We don’t know what lies in store for 2012. Whether it’s the zombie apocalypse, or any sort of natural or manmade disaster, the best precaution is to be prepared.