1159 days to the end

Monday, October 19, 2009

You know I love ghost stories, slasher films and otherwise ghouly, goblinish fare. So, of course, I had to be the first in line to see Paranormal Activity this past weekend. It's one of those "based on a true story" flicks about a young couple who start to experience unexplainable phenomenon in their new home. The hype around this movie was incredible. You may have even received a message in your email inbox explaining the premise of the movie and imploring you to demand that it be shown in your city.

My bar is set pretty high for movies like this since I've experienced far more paranormal activity in real life than is usually depicted on screen. For a low budget, indie, Blair Witch type movie, it was okay. I won't be a spoiler and tell you what happens but you may want to wait for it on DVD.

However, the scariest things about Saturday night were the previews before the film started. There are two, yes two, movies coming out about the upcoming year, 2012. Now if you've just crawled out from under a rock, let me enlighten you about what is supposed to transpire in 2012. I'll give you the nutshell version.

The ancient Mayans, based on star charting that began around 680 B.C., prophesied that December, 2012 would mark the end of the world through some event of catastrophic proportions. The Mayan long calendar speaks of the end of one cycle of time moving into the next.

Now Mayan civilization, known for advanced writing, mathematics and astronomy, flourished for centuries in Mesoamerica, especially between A.D. 300 and 900. Its Long Count calendar, which was discontinued under Spanish colonization, tracks more than 5,000 years and ends in December, 2012.

Part of the 2012 mystique stems from the stars. On the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years.

This means that "whatever energy typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time."

Will civilization as we know it cease to exist and only the fittest will survive the rebirth? Or will we all evaporate into the universe?

I think we should prepare, people.

Kiss your children!

Eat that second piece of pie!

Charge your credit cards to their limits!

The end is near! The end is NEAR!


Maybe the Mayans just got tired and ran out of stone to write on. Did anyone ever think of that??


  1. Ha ha ha ha!!! I WILL have that 2nd piece of pie, dammit! :)

    Thanks for this... I was wondering about this flick.


  2. Another reason not to obsess about fitness. Were all goners in a couple of years anyway. Have you seen the movie Frontiers? Pretty good flick. having to read the subtitles is a drag but theres not too much dialog.

  3. Second piece of pie? *looks at the three empty pie cases, and the table littered with little bits of fruit, crust and custard* Ummmm, yep. I think I've got that covered.

  4. It can't be the end of the world - that happened at midnight on the first of January 2000, or so I thought?

    Come on Mayans - get with the times!

  5. What is the second movie about 2012? I know about the one from the makers of Independence Day. My opinion is that rather than the physical end of the world it is the end of an age and that the world as we know it will change for the good. Of course knowing humanity it will be a change for the worse.

  6. I'm telling myself that the myans got killed off before they could finish the calendar. If people would do anything to research the Mayan Civilization they would learn that they were absolutely crazy. Sure they worshipped the sun, but they also believed that the sun told them to torture and kill innocent people. I'm gonna go on living my life like I normally would, if I die, then there's not much i can do about it right?

  7. The damn thing is in a circle. There is only SO MUCH ROOM in a circle.

    But I'm going to eat that second piece of pie anyway. Want to join me?

  8. I'm going on one hell of a holiday in November, 2012 (just in case).

  9. OMG...this is TOOO funny!

    You know something? I've been hearing this end-of-the-world story since the 80's!!

    Well, I think what I'm going to do is about 6 months before 2012, I'm going to use my Visa Card to charge the most expensive MAC computer; getting it with a 6-month defered payment plan, so I'll never have to pay for it!


  10. OMG. This is a great post! Thanks for giving me a good laugh for the day!

  11. I'll be too bloated by 2012 if I stay with all the pie!


  12. I think we should cover our bases:

    Eat every Italian pastry known to man-
    Have as much fun with our credit cards as we conceivably can-
    Stock up on plenty of booze for New Year's 2013 when we realize we've got lots of bills to pay and 20 lbs to lose.

  13. I love Mayan history and have read more books on the subject than I care to remember (or rather, than I can recollect after three glasses of wine).

    However, there's a lot to be said of scary movies... Not that I watch any unless my son's around.. I have yet to see Cujo, for starters.............


  14. I can't do scary movies. I'm a Fraidy Cat. Your post was funny though.

  15. Hey, as long as you got it all figured out, I'm good with that. Pass the whipped cream, please.

  16. @Lee the Hot Flash Queen,
    Thanks, it was fun!

    Yes, eat it!

    @Mark Price,
    I think we went and got ice cream after just because of the movie previews. I'll have to check out Frontiers.

    I see you're getting a head start.

    I know. Remember all that madness?

    Well, it's actually changing for the worse now, don't you think? I can't remember the name of the other movie.

  17. @Rae,
    Yes, they were kind of whacky. Didn't Nostradamus predict something about this, too?

    You're right. And who's actually intrepreting this stuff anyway?

    I'll bring the whipped cream!

    @Travel Girl,
    Me, too!

  18. @Ron,
    Deferred billing. Great idea!

    I know. I've always wanted to walk around wearing a sandwich board saying, "the end is near" just to see what responses I would get.

    @Willow Marie,

    Yes, but it won't matter.

    I love it! Yes, because with my luck, the world wouldn't end and I'll be screwed.

    Interesting! I'm not very well versed in Mayan history. This is the extent of it for me.

    Sweetie, you better start with something tamer than Cujo.

    Really? I wasn't a big fan when I was younger. Not sure what happened. I guess the horror of my surpassed anything that could happen in a movie

    @Leah Rubin,
    Come on over!

  19. My mother brought me a reproduction of that Mayan calendar after a trip to Mexico. She chiseled her birthday onto it, but I still forget every year. I suggest we just chisel new stuff into the stuff that's already happened. Then we can live forever.

  20. JW's said the end of the world would happen in 1975. I believed them. Which is how I ended up flunking my 7th grade P.E. class(hey, didn't want to undress in front of that creepy P.E. teacher) then had some explaining to do to my parents when it didn't ;/...

  21. Does this give me the excuse I've needed to break my diet??!!

    Cute blog - love the title :)

    Cheers from your newest follower
    Holli in ghana

  22. The world won't end because I have a golf tee booked for the next day!
    Your answer that maybe they got tired of making a calendar is the best correct reason yet.

    signed mike

  23. @CatLadyLarew,
    Good plan! Would you ask your mother to pick one up for me the next time she's there?

    Darn. The best laid plans...

    @The pale observer,
    You bet it does! Thanks for the follow. See you again!

    @R. Jacob,
    You know, Mike, I'm thinking you'll get that golf game in and I'll regret the pie and finance charges.

  24. I thought the world was going to end in 2004 so I bought a new car. Now I'm stuck with the payments.

  25. BTW, what happened to the Mayans?

  26. @Mia,
    You and me both.

    @Swami Dil,
    They sold a bunch of calendars and retired in Florida.

  27. I like your post. When that time comes around you think it will be like when 2000 came into fruition. Can't fight the inevitable. Bottom line enjoy everything to its fullest no matter what ~ cause not everyone is going to make it to 2012 and if it does happen it can't be stopped!!! Loving life!

  28. Great ending. I once saw a show on TV about a similar prediction that was found deep inside a pyramid in Egypt. The writings, dating back thousands of years, suggested that the world was going to end on May 5th, 2000.


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