According to some conspiracy theorist the world is set to end from an asteroid strike sometime between now and the end of September. NASA has rubbished claims that any large asteroid will destroy our planet any time during the next 100 years but still the stories persist. The theorists have claimed the world will be destroyed upon the asteroids arrival which is estimated to arrive sometime during the next few months. Paul Chodas, from NASA’s Near-Earth Object office, has thrown out the claims. Speaking at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, he said; “There is no existing evidence that an asteroid or any other celestial object is on a trajectory that will impact Earth. In fact, not a single one of the known objects has any credible chance of hitting our planet over the next century.”
We were all up good and early today at Jammy Toast to witness the end of the world – unfortunately, it never happened. We didn’t know whether to be relieved or disappointed as the ancient Mayan prophecy that the world would end today failed to materialise. However, elsewhere people gathered at ancient sites in Central America in anticipation of what we all believed would be the end of the world. The date – 21st December 2012 – is, so some believe, the end of the “long count” calendar of the Mayan civilisation. Others didn’t believe the prophecy after a new reading of the ancient calendar shows that it did not predict the apocalypse.
As many of you will know the world is going to end on 21st December this year, or at least it is according to some so called Mayan ‘experts’. Meanwhile, other scientists and ‘experts’ say it is just the end of one calendar and the start of another. You can all make your own mind up which one you believe, and if we are still here on the 22nd December the non-believers can have a good laugh at the believers. However, in Russia – home of our friend Aleksandr and Sergei – Doomsday hysteria has gripped many neighbourhoods. People are stocking up on food and fuel as panic buying grips many. Just what good food and fuel will do if the world ends is anyone’s guess.
Everyone here at Jammy Toast is relieved to learn that the world is not going to end this year after all. Some people believe that 21st December will bring about some sort of catastrophic event. This is based on the belief that an ancient calendar runs out on this date. The Mayan Long Count Calendar runs on a 5,125 year cycle which ends towards the end of the year. Many have said that once the calendar ends then the world will end after it collides with a Black Hole.
There has been no end of theories over the centuries concerning just how the world will come to an end or when life will cease to be. Just before the beginning of this century people predicted that we would all die as a result of the millennium bug affecting computer systems around the world. Scientists believe that following global warming the Earth is heading for another Ice Age, which will kill of most life on our planet. Another theory suggests millions of years from now our sun will expand that much that it will consume the Earth and become what scientists call a Red Giant. Others say it will shrink becoming a White Dwarf and will cool down so much it will no longer be able to heat the solar system.