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'Mayan Apocalypse' Approaches, Some Prepare for Armageddon

NASA says it's nonsense, but fears related to the end of the Mayan calendar are reportedly prompting widespread consternation. Are you attending any "End of the World" parties in the Napa Valley next week? Or are you sheltering in place?

In just a few days this will all seem very silly, but for now there are people around the world who are genuinely frightened the world is about to end.

Dec. 21, 2012 marks the end of the 5,125-year Mayan calendar. That, however, does not mean the world is ending explained NASA in a statement on their website.

"Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar," the NASA website states.

Despite efforts by NASA and others to allay the fears of those who believe the end of the Mayan calendar portends some catastrophic event, doomsday preparations have continued.

According to an article in The Telegraph, an American manufacturer of hi-tech underground survival shelters has been doing a brisk business.

"We've gone from one a month to one a day," Ron Hubbard told The Telegraph. "I don't have an opinion on the Mayan calendar but, when astrophysicists come to me, buy my shelters and tell me to be prepared for solar flares, radiation, EMPs (electromagnetic pulses) ... I'm going underground on the 19th and coming out on the 23rd. It's just in case anybody's right."

The apocalyptic fears have also meant brisk business in Mexico, albeit in the form of touriusm instead of survival gear retail sales.

The Times of India reports that Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are "aggressively" promoting the date.

"Millions of tourists are expected to flood into the region for celebrations that will include fireworks, concerts and other spectacles held at more than three dozen archaeological sites," the article stated.

In other parts of the world, the gatherings will be more strange than celebratory.

In France, people are reportedly flocking to Pic de Bugarach -- a mountain peak they claim serves as a "garage" for an alien mothership that will take believers to safety, according to the Daily Mail.

For those who cannot make it to France, a similar peak in the Carpathian Mountains -- Mount Rtanj -- will supposedly "emit a powerful force field at the moment of Armageddon, protecting those in its vicinity," the Daily Mail reports

Though theories abound as to just how the world will end (solar flares, asteroids, super volcanoes, etc.), NASA maintains there are no looming disasters.

"For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence?" NASA asks on the website.

"There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012."

If the world does fail to end on Dec. 21, 2012, it will hardly be the first time the apocalypse has failed to materialize. Just last year, . Camping, of course, was wrong.

Do you think there is any reason to be concerned about Dec. 21, 2012? Let us know in the comments.

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Lorie December 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I hope the mountains in Tahoe offer enough shelter during [this] Armageddon *.*
Derry December 12, 2012 at 05:46 PM
For $500 I will look after any pet that is left behind after the apocalypse, for the rest of its natural life. No apocalypse - no refunds. Sorry. Oh, and if you want to deed your soon-to-be-useless real estate to me, that will be fine. Just trying to help out in these waning days of the last December. Happy Holidays.
Anita D'Groin December 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Derry, I like your entrepreneurial spirit, but I think your business plan is doomed. Those of your potential clientele who truly believe do not think you are capable of fulfilling your promises, and those who do not fully believe will not risk the loss of their earthly wealth should the cataclysmic not occur.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM
At least four people either think the Apocalypse is bunk or just don't want their marriages to outlive the happiness of the wedding day: the Napa County Clerk's office has two appointments to marry people on 12-21-12. Somehow, I expected more.
Scott Yeager December 13, 2012 at 12:35 AM
The "Apocalypse" is as real as the dragon I rode to work as I passed a herd of unicorns.
Scott Yeager December 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I am going to a "End Of The World" party on 12/21 which should be quite fun. I plan on having a good time no matter what.
Marie LeBlanc December 15, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I will be home doing what I always do. Wayching TV, surfing web, eating, reading my Bible. I do not believe the world will end on 12-21-12. No one knows the day nor hour, not the angels in Heaven, not Jesus the son - only God himself knows. If in fact it does end then I will be happy to see and be with Jesus. If it doesn't end, I will continue to pray for our evil and doomed world and look forward to meeting Jesus in the sky!!!
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Napa artist-activist Julio Soriano says the Mayan rollover, or b'ak'tun, represents a time of transformation for all on Earth. I hope we can transform into kinder people.

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