Freedom Friday

End of days? Will the world keep spinning after the Maya Calendar ends? Most likely!
End of days? Will the world keep spinning after the Maya Calendar ends? Most likely!

Here we are, Freedom Friday. I’ve set aside Fridays as the day when I can let loose and be free. That’s right. Sort of like a merry-go-round without the weird and wonderful music. I get to tell you about the stuff I’ve gleaned this week from my charming world of observation.

This week? Well, if you’ve read my Monday Mayhem post I wrote, you’re already in the know. You did read it, right? If not, go ahead and read it. I’ll wait…

Oh, you’re done? Okay. So here’s the deal—today’s December 21, 2012. Yup. And you know what that means. It’s D-Day according to the Mayan Calendar. Ah-ha! I got your attention! I thought you had read it?

As I was saying, today is the End of the World. I have the date marked in my Outlook, so it must be true. It’s the day when the Mayan calendar ends. Uh-huh. Ceases to exist. Dies. Kaput. Splat.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Now, under any other circumstance, a day such as today means—well, absolutely nothing. But not today. Did you know NASA’s gotten involved with unraveling this whole dilemma? They have a site dedicated to answering common questions of why the world won’t end on December 21, 2012—TODAY.

Imagine that. NASA. This’s got to be big if NASA’s involved!

When browsing their site, I’ve encountered questions such as:

  • Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.
  • What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
  • Is NASA predicting a “total blackout” of Earth on Dec. 23 to Dec. 25?
  • Could planets align in a way that impacts Earth?
  • Is there a planet or brown dwarf called Nibiru or Planet X or Eris that is approaching the Earth and threatening our planet with widespread destruction?
  • What is the polar shift theory? Is it true that the Earth’s crust does a 180-degree rotation around the core in a matter of days if not hours?
  • Is the Earth in danger of being hit by a meteor in 2012?
A Leonid meteor, or a shooting star seen in the 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower.
A Leonid meteor, or a shooting star seen in the 2009 Leonid Meteor Shower.

Fascinating stuff. I wouldn’t have thought this being an issue. After all, we live in an enlightened age. An age where we can carry our whole media library in the palm of our hands (ie. iPods, iPads, Nexus 7 & 10’s, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 & 10.1’s, etc.). Who would think a meteor could scream to earth and wipe us from existence? Not me. Not a chance.

Thomas Nast's most famous drawing, "Merry Old Santa Claus", from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper's Weekly.
Thomas Nast’s most famous drawing, “Merry Old Santa Claus”, from the January 1, 1881 edition of Harper’s Weekly.

But, I have to admit, it is a rather entertaining read when compared to the whole Santa Clause is not real controversy. Oops, did I say that out loud? Forget I said that. No one’s the wiser. Just in case though, if I don’t show up on Monday then you’ll know a massive chunk of the universe leveled my home…and anything within a few thousand miles radius.

Did you know what today is? Do you have any plans to celebrate the End of the World? What are your thoughts about NASA’s involvement with the Mayan end-of-days? I’d really love to know.

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