21st December Doomsday: Two Days Till Apocalypse and Why It Is Utter Rubbish!

It’s not worth it to even say ‘No, it won’t happen’. Of course it won’t happen. 21st December, 2012 Apocalypse is a myth and it will be proven to be so in two days. Sorry to disappoint, but the world is not going to end. We are going to be looking at the different claims of the Apocalypse and see how silly they really are!! Then, we might just as well look at what’s going on in the world of the internet and view the most gullible (or supremely manipulative) people on the planet.

The cause

1. The Mayan Calendar

Most people know that the Apocalypse is because the Mayan Calendar is going to end on the 21st of December. Hence, they predicted the End of the World! Wrong!! Firstly, the Mayans were not good prophets – they didn’t even see their own doom coming and that came way before this 2012 End of World. Secondly, just like any calendar hanging onto any of your walls, which doesn’t expire on the 31st of December and ‘predicts’ the end of the world, so doesn’t the Mayan. The Mayan cycle of dates and time-keeping starts off for the next period right after that.

Laughing at us?

The Mayan Calendar consists of many complicated cycles, most notably the Long Count Cycle taken from the MesoAmerican Long Count Calendar. 21st December just represents the end of a cycle called the Baktun and the start of a new Baktun! That’s it!!

Meanwhile, the real Mayans are planning to have a grand carnival in Belize, informs my trusted Techie-buzz colleague Pallab De.

From Mayan prophecies to pinpoint alignments! The next theory takes into account a lot of alignments, which all lead to the Earth is tugged away from its orbit!

2. Alignments

Rumour 1:

All the planets are supposed to align in one straight line and their combined gravitational pull will force the Earth out of its orbit and lo, and behold, a Disaster!! Two things are wrong with this – one, the planets will not align and, two, even if they do, they’ll never be able to force Earth out of its stable orbit! The Earth’s orbit is way too stable for such things to happen. Please don’t lose sleep!

Rumour 2:

The Earth and the Sun will align with the supermassive black hole at the galactic center! Now this is actually true! The three bodies will align on the 21st! Like Every Year! And since you’ve survived your entire life with these three celestial bodies aligning, you should’ve no problem whatsoever!!

3. Planet Nibiru

Next comes in a planetary collision. Apparently on 21st December is the day when the planet Nibiru will crash into the Earth and our planet will be blown to smithereens! Except that this planet should’ve been seen by now and that too by the naked eye. Be rest assured that this is a hopeless internet hoax. Not only is Nibiru not coming for us, it doesn’t even exist! And neither does Planet X! There is another hoax about another planet called Eris, which people often confuse or club with Planet X. Eris actually exists, but it is a dwarf planet along with Pluto, much smaller than it and orbiting at roughly the same distance. It poses no danger whatsoever!

Note: This is a work of fiction.

Here’s a sample of the utter rubbish going around (Warning: Approach with caution):


Here is Neil deGrasse Tyson debunking the alignment and the Nibiru myth:

4. Polar shifts

Whoever came up with the next hoax is a genius! It says that there is going to be a ‘polar shift’ and we’ll all perish. When this happens, the magnetic poles of the Earth are going to flip and there is going to be catastrophe! Of course, all of this blatantly ignores the fact that the Earth’s magnetic field reversal is not scheduled to happen for another few millennia! And even then, the reversal is not known to affect life on Earth. When is the last time you used the direction of the Earth’s magnetic field for anything anyway?

5. NASA said so!

The easiest way to attach credibility to these claims is to attach the name of some credible organization and the most darling organization known is NASA! Just claim that NASA has issued a report saying so and so will happen and this is enough to spread panic far and wide. In this case, NASA has apparently predicted a huge blackout on 21st or on the days following it! Versions vary – some say only on the 21st and some say on 22nd, 23rd and 24th! NASA officially refutes every version. No blackouts then! Well…

Onto the Internet chit-chat

A Viral Message

This one is my favorite – a viral message that has been posted on Facebook and in other places. I will not even try to decipher what it means, because it means nothing at all! It’s all pseudo-scientific gibberish non-sense. Here’s the message:

US scientists predict total darkness on planet earth for 3 days from Dec 22 2012. It is NOT the end of the world; it is just an alignment of the Universe, where the Sun and the earth will align for the first time. All planets are expected to align in a straight line as a result of which there could be some natural calamities on Earth. The earth will shift from the current third dimension to zero dimension, then shift to the 4th dimension. During this transition, the entire Universe will face a big change, and we will see an entire brand new world. The 3 days blackout is predicted to happen on Dec 22, 23, 24, 2012…. So do good be good live for the present enjoy life.

So this is not about the end of the world, but about a new awakening! Shifting from “current third dimension to zero dimension” has as much of sense as the possibility of seeing a Unicorn in front of the Eiffel Tower on a fine Sunday afternoon. The same can be said of the “shift of the 4th dimension” – make it a Unicorn drinking coffee in front of the Eiffel Tower.

There is a more religious version of this. And this is something I absolutely hate – using this kind of bad religious hoaxes to propagate faith!

The 3 days blackout is predicted to happen on Dec 23, 24, 25….during this time, staying calm is most important, hug each other, pray pray pray, sleep for 3 nights…and those who survive will face a brand new world….for those not prepared, many will die because of fear. Be happy, enjoy every moment now. Don’t worry, pray to God everyday. There is a lot of talk about what will happen in 2012, but many people don’t believe it, and don’t want to talk about it for fear of creating fear and panic.

We don’t know what will happen, but it is worth listening to USA’s NASA talk about preparation. Whether it’s true or not, better be prepared. No panic, stay calm, just prays. Remember to smile more, love more and forgive more…every day. Better avoid traveling during December.

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A NASA warning

There has also been a hoax being circulated that NASA has circulated a video preparing for the cataclysmic 21st December. However, that is only a generic preparatory video, meant for any sort of emergencies during natural disasters.

Final Words

Now a bit of seriousness before closing. All of this is nice and dandy and even a bit funny. But let us not lose sight of the extremely eschatological nature of these hoaxes and claims. There are people, mostly religious, cannot wait to have death cast upon them. They want to be judged! They want the taste of heaven and also want the infidels to perish. While this may not be a sentiment shared by most people, the preachers fervently preaching from the pulpits just cannot wait for the Judgement to occur.

My point is at least partially supported by the contents of this site: http://carm.org/world-end-dec-12-2012
They make some brilliant leaps of logic to say that the Bible hasn’t predicted this date and thus 21st December is not really the date for the Apocalypse. But the Apocalypse will happen. Hmphh…

And of course dishonest sites are always there to fleece the curious out of their money: http://www.december2012thefacts.com/mayancalendar.html
Do NOT fall for these cheap tricks.

The only significant event happening on the 21st of December is the Winter Solstice. Enjoy that natural event!

More (accurate) info here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/earth/features/2012.html

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Debjyoti Bardhan

Is a science geek, currently pursuing some sort of a degree (called a PhD) in Physics at TIFR, Mumbai. An enthusiastic but useless amateur photographer, his most favourite activity is simply lazing around. He is interested in all things interesting and scientific.