Doomsday Theories Receive Mixed Feelings

by Georgia Briskey

Now that 2012 has officially begun, the world has divided into two camps: the people that believe the end of the world is coming now, and the ones that do not. The panic and curiosity about Doomsday is spreading while the theories continue to become more ridiculous. With all this insanity, what should we believe?

In 2011, the famous radio evangelist Harold Camper predicted different dates for the world to end. First, he predicted that true Christians would be evacuated to heaven on May 21, 2011 and survive the series of catastrophes all leading up to the worldending apocalypse on Oct. 21.

Seeming as none of that happened and Earth still remains stable, Camper was wrong.

He wasn’t the only one espousing theories. Different beliefs about the world ending have circled the news and Internet for years. Most theories involve ancient civilizations predicting monumental events and catastrophes for our time.
The Mayans in particular have become famous for their calendar ending on Dec. 21, 2012. Once this calendar ends, explosions and chaos in space will be unleashed and destroy all life on earth.

In addition to the Mayan’s predictions, the Sumerians apparently discovered the planet known as Nibiru, which is said to plummet into the Earth and end the world.

“There is no doubt in my mind that we’re going to be hit by Nibiru. I’ve been preparing my basement as a bomb shelter for months,” said sophomore Julia Nishioki.

A massively destructive meteor hitting earth might also finish us off. Seeming as all these theories are astronomy related, it is no wonder why people believe these ideas- they sound scientific.

As logical as that may sound, NASA has clarified that Nibiru is an Internet hoax and does not exist. If Nibiru existed, NASA would have been tracking it for the past decade, and it would be visible to the naked eye today.
In regards to the meteor idea, Earth is always subject to being hit by a meteor. There is no evidence a hit would take place on the exact date of Dec. 21, 2012.

In addition, the last meteor to wipe out life was the meteor that led to the extinction of dinosaurs, 65 million years ago. NASA has also said that meteors cannot be predicted, so for all we know one could be coming tomorrow.