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Well, It Looks Like We’re Still Here

December 21, 2012 by  

Well, It Looks Like We’re Still Here
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The world didn’t end today, and there are likely a handful of more naïve preppers out there who are very disappointed. But for the more reasonable among the survivalist set, prepping for the worst and hoping for the best will continue.

Just for fun, here is a collection of videos to celebrate humanity’s survival of the fabled Mayan doomsday prophecy.

NASA, which has been bombarded in recent weeks with phone calls from people worried about impending doom, explains why nothing happened:

 

 

Or if you prefer less science in your explanation, this guy has some interesting things to say:

 

 

R.E.M’s awesome song for preppers:

 

 

A remix created by the audio-visual performance group Eclectic Method which combines end of the world moments from a number of major motion pictures:

 

 

Here are a few other doomsday prophecies that we survived:

Prophecy Of A Witch Hunter

Puritan Preacher and Salem Witch Trial enabler Cotton Mather, who preached at the First Church of Boston, got into the business of predicting doomsdays after he finished outing witches. He told his flock on no fewer than four occasions that he had definitively figured out the year of humanity’s demise. Mather predicted TEOTWAWKI in 1697 then moved the date to 1736 when it didn’t happen. He later revised his prediction to 1716 and moved it to 1717 when that didn’t happen. Mather stopped predicting doomsdays in 1728 when he met his own demise.

Prophetic Eggs

In his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 19th century writer Charles Mackay writes of a doomsday prophecy delivered via the eggs of a hen in Leeds, England:

A panic terror of the end of the world seized the good people of Leeds and its neighbourhood in the year 1806. It arose from the following circumstances. A hen, in a village close by, laid eggs, on which were inscribed the words, “Christ is coming.” Great numbers visited the spot, and examined these wondrous eggs, convinced that the day of judgment was near at hand. Like sailors in a storm, expecting every instant to go to the bottom, the believers suddenly became religious, prayed violently, and flattered themselves that they repented them of their evil courses. But a plain tale soon put them down, and quenched their religion entirely. Some gentlemen, healing of the matter, went one fine morning, and caught the poor hen in the act of laying one of her miraculous eggs. They soon ascertained beyond doubt that the egg had been inscribed with some corrosive ink, and cruelly forced up again into the bird’s body. At this explanation, those who had prayed, now laughed, and the world wagged as merrily as of yore.

A Great Disappointment

Later, American Baptist preacher William Miller had a dream that the second coming of Christ and the fulfillment of the Book of Revelation was near. After some reluctance to announce a date, he settled on telling his followers that Christ would return on October 22, 1844. What ensued became known as The Great Disappointment.

 

 

Heaven’s Gate

More recently in 1997, police discovered 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult dead in a mansion on a hill in Del Mar, Calif. The individuals had committed ritual suicide because of the claims of their leader Marshall Applewhite, who believed the Earth was about to be recycled by its cosmic masters. Applewhite and his followers believed that the approaching Hale-Bopp comet slated to pass near Earth on the date had a spaceship traveling in its tail upon which they could hitch a ride if they killed themselves at the right moment.

Y2K

Some people, believing that computers couldn’t handle the jump from 1999 to 2000, took to bunkers on Dec. 31, 1999. Others cashed in all of their investments and subsequently lost money when the changing date didn’t shut down financial institutions or cause planes to fall from the sky.

The Ramblings Of Harold Camping

California-based Christian radio broadcaster claimed last year to have discovered the exact date of “The Rapture” using a Bible-based numerology. He expected that on May 21, 2011, about 200 million Christians would leave the planet. Later, on October 21, 2011, the entire universe was supposed to go up in flames. Some of Camping’s followers are still waiting in anticipation of the end.

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Warrior

    Obviously the Mayans had no idea of the concept of “red tape”. Although, I do suspect “joey’s” brand new “blue ribbon panel”, with the help of his boss, will find their way through the gun control issue with maybe a “red tape” busting “executive order”. See, the gubmint has the means to be expeditious when it wants to.

    • Robert Smith
    • deerinwater

      The Mayans had a harsh and meanass goberment ~ taxes and red tape and executive orders that you would believe possible of a people to endure ~ if fact they didn’t ~ they died and killed off and disappeared into the jungle running from goberment .

  • GDC

    I’m not sure about that! I haven’t looked in the mirror yet!

  • wandamurline

    Actually, I guess I would be considered a prepper, but I have not been prepping for 12-21-12, I have been prepping for the tornadoes, hurricanes, etc. You see I live in an area that was hit by Katrina, again by Rita, and finally by Ike. You have no electricity for days, and unlike the people up north, the temperatures get around 105 after these hurricanes. I am also protecting myself should the ecoomy collaspe, which is a better chance of happening than the end of the world. You see, you cannot continue to tax, spend and print worthless money and be able to hold the economy together….sooner or later, it is going to burst just like the housing bubble. I am just making sure that my family can make it through the rough times, and Rolley needs to know that all preppers are not morons.

    • http://tlgeer.wordpress.com tlgeer

      Since I accumulate survival supplies I guess that I’m a prepper, too. But then I was raised on the west coast. Not just the states on the west coast, but within 1/2 hour of the beaches. In fact, I can’t remember a time when I didn’t see seagulls where ever I went.

      So, in case of natural disasters, I prepare for them. Earthquakes can be darn scarey. I was living in the SF Bay Area when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit. Just before the 3rd game of the World Series. Unless the earthquake happens far off the coast, the tsunami that it causes it gives us enough warning to evacuate. If it is strong and happens just off the coast – good by charlie. There will not be enough time to evacuate.

      As for the Government, I don’t think that we have to fear them, unless some of the radical right take it into their heads to force their views and beliefs on the majority of the US. Which is way I’m buying a gun. I’m also moving away from the coast to SW New Mexico within the next year. I can buy land for $12,000 to $20,000 with owner financing. Which is very do-able for those of us on SSDI, and other such programs. Plus, I’ll live a lot closer to my Mom and Brother :-).

  • Bob

    Maybe the world ended long ago and we are just a figment of someone’s mind on a planet far, far away.

  • JimH

    So far I have “survived” dozens of ” end of the world” predictions and look forward to living through many more.
    Everyone have a Merry Christmas.

  • lisa

    I personally store food, not for some stupid Mayan thing, but because I can no longer trust this government we have in place.

    • deerinwater

      Good! Can I come to your house? I’ve got a nice canon, maybe we can work something out?

  • Joann Flanagan

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,Fellow “Ghosts”,everywhere!
    The Mayans were a remarkable people. AMONG THEIR IDEOSYNCRACYS THEY PRACTISED CRANIUM DEFORMINATION-along the Egyptions,the Huns and several other Indian nations scattered in various parts of the New World.
    Nazi archeologists claimed these artificially deformed human skulls were left behind by the “Atlantians”.
    The latest is that “aleins” from outer space left mass graveyards with these oddly shaped skulls in former Mayan territory!
    Reminds me of the old joke about a Van Danikan fan who exhibited a device which he identified as a part of an alein space ship he was abducted on. Then his grandmother spoke up
    “Mercy me! Whhat would those space people want with an old flour sifter?”
    Joann Flanagan

  • Bimbam

    What you self-smug over-confidant idiots don’t realize is that the Mayan apocalypse is not about the world ENDING Today.

    It marked ONLY THE DAY FOR THE “SEASON” it would BEGIN TO HAPPEN. So, it is actually anytime FROM NOW!!!

    So, the idiots that put ON their tinfoil hats and laughed at the others for taking them off should be aware of their folly. Though, I admit they look good in the matching hat, it’s so appropriate you know.

    • http://tlgeer.wordpress.com tlgeer

      “It marked ONLY THE DAY FOR THE “SEASON” it would BEGIN TO HAPPEN. So, it is actually anytime FROM NOW!!!”

      Yep, it’s the winter solstice.

    • independent thinker

      No, it marks the end of one age or era and the start of the next. It has nothing to do with the literal end of the world.

  • http://www.silverpuppy.com Ode Coyote

    Welcome to the beginning of the world as we refused to know it was…a front row seat to watch human folly and self deception unwind into a realization of an existing reality we hid from ourselves by pointing fingers of blame at everyone but us.

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