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Only 2 weeks left until the end of the world! Dec 21, 2012

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by StihlHead, Dec 7, 2012.

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  1. StihlHead

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    Yep, its that time again, the end of the world is nearly here. The Olmec/Maya calendar ends as of December 21, 2012. That day marks the end of 13th b'ak'tun and the close of the Olmec 5125 year long cycle. What will happen then?

    The End of Days? The Zombie Apocalypse? The US Fiscal Cliff Dive? The Alien Invasion of Earth? An Iran-Israel nuclear armageddon? EU collapse?

    So what are you planning on doing that day? Me, I have enough guns and ammo to take out a few thousand green aliens. I also have all of my saws sharp and lots of gas in the event of an onslaught of zombies at close quarters. Cannot hurt to clean all the guns and sharpen and tune all the saws. If the electricity goes out for good I have the saws and more than enough local trees to cut for fuel. I also have a month supply of beer on hand in case the Federal Government folds up shop.

    Then if none of this stuff happens, I have a few parties to go to and a lot of beer to consume.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    If they couldn't see Cortez coming they damn sure couldn't see the end of the World coming.
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  3. StihlHead

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    Uh... a bit of history here: the Mayans were gone by the time Cortez conqured the... Aztecs. Different mezoamerican tribe, different location, different time, and all that.
  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I know but it always makes me chuckle. Just like the discovery this year of a long count calendar that goes way beyond 2012. In the seventies I wrote a computer program for my wife's uncle who was a Mayan scholar. It converted long count calendar dates to Gregorian calendar dates. Me and him spent many an hour over many a brew talking all things Mayan.
  5. Pallet Pete

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    I better sell all my firewood before the world ends ;ex
  6. jwoair23

    jwoair23 Burning Hunk

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    I am personally hoping for the zombie apocalypse!
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    The comet's coming by to pick me up on the 20th.
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    The number 13 was a big thing with the Mayans. As were a few other points in time. A glif discovered in Guatemala this year has predictions thousands of years after the 13th baktun.

    Richard and me used to sit for hours while he talked about the Mayans. Just before he died he told me that he appreciated me listening and that I was the only person he knew who's eyes didn't start to roll back in their head when he talked about the stuff. ;lol
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    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    I'll be celebrating the Solstice and the (slow) return of the Sun. Maybe a nice bonfire & good food & drink with some friends.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    As would have been the Mayans. That calendar of theirs, well they borrowed it and embellished it, was based on day and night and the movement of the Sun. First guys to figure out a 365 day year in fact.
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    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    I think it's pretty odd to make assumptions about what the "end' of the calendar means when we have no experiential grasp of what time even meant to the people that made it. Totally different conceptions of reality between us & them.
    That said, it seems the simplest thing to do when you run out of numbers is to figure out how to make more numbers. I bet it would seem a puzzle, but has to be less hassle than an apocalypse.
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    I heard the end of days occurs when
    Hearth.com Members's wood pile topples over . . . creating a massive earthquake on the east coast which causes a tsunami that spans half the world . . . and when the world-wide supply of Twinkies finally runs out all chaos breaks loose as the rampaging hordes start to riot in search of the Lost Twinkie -- a Twinkie foretold by the ancient Mayans that would bring peace to the earth . . . or maybe it was ever-lasting darkness and despair . . . my translation may have been off.
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  15. StihlHead

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    That gets a big Homer Simpson wiggly fingers, while wolfing down as many stale Hostess products bought on Ebay for a huge markup as fast as I possibly can, "No... Twinkies?!?!?!"

    And it was said that the End of Days would come after the Great Lignin Pile became unbalanced causing the Great Gravity Shift and subsequent Global Floods, and whence in the ruins there were no more packaged treats of frosting filled cake snacks becasue the eternal earthly brotherhood of levened bread bakers union declined to accept the dismal financial offerings of a hollowed out corporate entity raided by evil hedge fund money mongers sent to the earth from Hell to ravage the financial markets.
  16. StihlHead

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    Hale-Bopp!

    Er, I hope that you did not get your ballacks lopped off like the Heaven's Gate people did in Sandy Eggo?
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    That reminds me . . . I need a new jogging suit and sneakers . . . maybe I'll pick up some Purple Kool-Aid too.
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    No, not that kind of comet, I'm talkin' about a Mercury... :cool:


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    Ah ha! More proof of the end of days:

    This box of Twinkies expies on... 12/21/12!

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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Must be a misprint, shouldn't it read 12/2112 ?
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  22. StihlHead

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    That is Urban Legend. Actually Twinkies expire pretty quickly... and why the price is dropping so fast on Ebay. This is from Wikipedia:

    Shelf life
    A common urban legend claims that Twinkies have an infinite shelf life or can last unspoiled for a relatively long time of ten, fifty, or one hundred years due to chemicals used in production.[15] This urban legend is false, although Twinkies can last a relatively long time (25 days or more) because they are made without unstabilized dairy products and thus spoil more slowly than most bakery items.[16] In reality, Twinkies are on the shelf for a short time; a company executive told the New York Times in 2000 that the "Twinkie is on the shelf no more than 7 to 10 days."[17]
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Forget to use :p, and everyone gets so serious!

    Guess I'll have to buy another freezer or 3 to keep my supply from going bad ;)

    (Just to set the record straight, I've never eaten a twinkie)

    pen
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    Some folks were just born that way. :rolleyes:
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    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    With the clock ticking towards 12/21, there's going to be less of that going on _g

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