Posted by Beckett on April 28, 2012, at 20:46:47
In reply to Re: More Birding » Beckett, posted by gadchik on April 28, 2012, at 9:17:27
Type in will the world end in 2012 and wiki pops up with '2012 phenomena'. After outlining various theories, this was towards the bottom:
"Ask an Astrobiologist", a NASA public outreach website, has received over 5000 questions from the public on the subject since 2007, some asking whether they should kill themselves, their children or their pets. In the United States, sales of private underground blast shelters have increased noticeably since 2009. In December 2009, Robert Vicino founded Vivos, a company that claims to offer discount shelters for the less well off. Their site features a countdown clock to December 2012. In Brazil, the Mayor of the City of São Francisco de Paula, Décio Colla, Rio Grande do Sul, has mobilized the population to prepare for the end of the world by stocking up on food and supplies. In the city of Corguinho, in the Mato Grosso do Sul, a colony is being built for survivors of the tragedy. In Alto Paraíso de Goiás, the hotels also make specific reservations for prophetic dates. In 2011, the Mexico tourism board stated its intentions to use the year 2012, without its apocalyptic connotations, as a means to revive Mexico's tourism industry, which had suffered as the country gained a reputation for drug wars and kidnapping. The initiative hopes to draw on the mystical appeal of the Maya ruins. On 21 December 2011, the Maya town of Tapachula in Chiapas activated an eight-foot digital clock counting down the days until the end of b'ak'tun 13, while in Izapa, a nearby archaeological site, Maya priests burned incense and prayed.
Recently I watched the movie Melancholia (which I just read in wiki as being called upon release as an apocolyptic 2012 'last supper') in which an asteroid hits Earth. It was very good IMO except for the end, but that was a tough end to handle. It's directed by Lars Von Trier and is not light hearted especially for parents.