Thursday, November 12, 2009

Search: "2012" Predicts Earth's Demise. Again.

With the new movie "2012" imagining the end of the world as we know it, MSN reflects on pop culture's obsession with the apocalypse.

“Out of time? The Mayan calendar has a 5,126-year cycle that began in 3114 B.C. and ends Dec. 21, 2012. This end-of-days idea inspired the flick "2012." See the trailer.

Be prepared: "2012" star John Cusack suggests this survival plan.

Earth's ruin is classic Hollywood fodder, via meteor ("Deep Impact" trailer), primates ("Planet of the Apes"), aliens ("Independence Day") and other causes.

Nostradamus was a 16th-century seer (his day job?) who some say predicted the French Revolution, President Obama's election and other historic events.

Don't panic: Remember worries over the Y2K bug? Take comfort in these other dubious doomsday prophecies:
* 1997: Heaven's Gate cult prepares for Earth's "recycling."
* 1982: Televangelist Pat Robertson alerts his flock.
* 1806: English chicken lays warning eggs. Huh?

But seriously, our planet can't last forever. In "The Life and Death of Planet Earth," two astrobiologists write that, in human terms, Earth is this old.

Apocalypse next: Later this month "The Road" will show moviegoers Cormac McCarthy's post-doomsday vision. Enjoy the trailer -- while you still can.”


1 comment:

Tom Holloway said...

People have been predicting the end of the world since the world began.