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And I feel finePosted Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at 3:58 PM
I'm glad it was decided we have our office holiday party Thursday, considering the world is supposed to end on Friday. I mean, seriously, I deserve at least one more home cooked meal before the world ends, right?
The Internet continues to amuse me as we near what the Mayans allegedly predicted as the end of the world.
But, don't you think if they could predict the future of the entire planet they could have at least predicted the fall of their own empire?
My perspective on the end of the Mayan calendar is the guy who got stuck writing out thousands of years (I'm guessing here) of dates got a serious hand cramp, and just decided to call it quits. Who knew a hand cramp could lead to a prediction of the end of the world?
It's times like these when the Internet does more harm than good. We have access to an unlimited amount of information from all the way around the world.
Although, not all the information is accurate, or even written by competent people for that matter.
Anyone with Internet access can set up a blogger account, which allows them access to rant about all these theories that have yet to be proven.
There have been predictions ranging from meteors to a zombie apocalypse, and I've even seen some predictions of the "Alpacalypse".
I'll choose the latter.
Who wouldn't want the world to be overrun by furry cuteness?
I got a good laugh the other day when I saw a satirical weather forecast, showing temperatures in the mid 40s most of the week, and Friday depicted meteors and temps in the 1000 degree mark. Saturday, of course, was blank.
NASA scientists are so convinced the world won't end on Friday they have already released a video dated for Saturday, explaining why the world did not end on Friday.
I remember the Y2K frenzy when I was 12-years-old, when there was supposed to be a mass black out because of the millennium bug.
There were people stocking there basements and homes with non-perishable food items, and preparing for no heat or the use of appliances.
There is a Facebook group called "I've survived Y2K, Bird flu, Mad cow disease, 9/11, and Swine flu -- 2012 BRING IT ON!"
I laughed so hard when I saw the group. As I think of all the disasters I've faced from afar in my lifetime, the end of a calendar dated back to the fifth century BCE shouldn't cause too many issues.
The funny thing is in the past we have had great names for the alleged end of humanity, but now I just have to say I'm preparing for a specific date. How lame is that?
Friends of mine are having an "End of the World" party Friday night, and another has a gathering planned for Saturday. Dependent solely on if the world survives Dec. 21, 2012.
The band REM has managed a minor comeback, as the 1980s song "It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" has become a sort of anthem for Dec. 21.
The good news is if I happen to be wrong about all this, no one will be around to give me a hard time about making fun of the end of the world.
Sabrina is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 847-4487.
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