Sounds like NASA will skip 2012′s opening weekend

MulapinNow that NASA’s working to refute claims that the world will end on 2012, I have to wonder if they’ll ask employees to skip 2012‘s big opening weekend. I don’t really expect the world to end in 2012 and I don’t really expect Planet X, aka “Nibiru,” to collide with the earth and end our existence in a Michael Bay-esque overture. What I do expect is that a lot of people will join-in all the hoopla for more than these reasons: 1.) Supporting a growing world-ending interpretation allows other, odder, assumptions to take center stage and seem a bit less odd. “Hey, we’ll find out about 2012 in 2012, but trust me, the world’s gonna end and you should really build a 2012-proof underground bunker.” 2.) A growing audience for world-ending predictions gives the predictors and translators of ancient stone tablets and sacred scrolls a great opportunity for a 5-minute segment on CNN on a Tuesday at 11 am to plug Facebook groups with pyramid logos.  Give me any ancient writing, a ruler and a calculator and I can prove that the Mayans predicted that David Caruso is always better on TV.  3.) Events like this are perfect for huge Hollywood blockbusters and 2-hour History channel documentaries. The subject matter is a ton of fun and grand in drama because “Hey! We finally figured out the day when everything end!” Fixed endpoints breed heightened focus; waves become lines. 4.) Really, now, aren’t we all sick of talking about health care? At last, now the news has something for those last two minutes every night.  At least until 2013.

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