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#1 Rick Woods

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:29 PM

The end of the world (12/21) is only ten days away now. Does anyone know what time it's supposed to happen? I don't want to log on to CN the next day and see all these observing reports saying how great it was, and me having slept through it.

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Posted 11 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

I believe it's midnight, and the Mayans were on West Coast time zone.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:04 AM

Actually, it's Central time. But there was variation among the pre-Columbian Maya about when the day began: at sunrise for some, at sunset for others. In any case, not midnight.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:59 AM

Actually, it's Central time. But there was variation among the pre-Columbian Maya about when the day began: at sunrise for some, at sunset for others. In any case, not midnight.

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Whew! :sweat: I'm safe because I'm in the eastern time zone.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:22 AM

I just got an email from a vendor, they're doing end of the world sales.

This is the best apocalypse ever.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 02:38 AM

Since we are ALL leaving,should I pack extra cloths like underware,socks,etc. ?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:59 AM

Since we are ALL leaving,should I pack extra cloths like underware,socks,etc. ?

Nothing to be concerned about. The time honored practice of turning them inside out should suffice.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:51 AM

National Geographic Channel found a Mayan ruine in Guatamala written by scribes which shows that the Mayan Calendar is cyclical and doesn't end. December 2012 is not the end of their calendar.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:55 AM

If the Mayans were so advanced and so smart to predict the very end of the world, how come they didn't see the conquistadores coming?

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

National Geographic Channel found a Mayan ruine in Guatamala written by scribes which shows that the Mayan Calendar is cyclical and doesn't end. December 2012 is not the end of their calendar.


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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:09 AM

Forget you guys, I'm getting out of here! I suggest you do the same.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:58 AM

Too late - my first car ('74 chevy) had an odometer that only had 6 digits. It rolled over wayyy back in '86, so by the same logic (we've run out of digits!) the world has already ended.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

Rats! I thought it was today...

Maybe I shouldn't have punched the boss this morning... :tonofbricks:

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

Hee Hee

OK, you guys.

Since time is ending I am running out now and borrowing $500K from Bruno the loan shark.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:25 AM

It's only the end of the world in the Northern Hemisphere - we're safe down here... feel free to come down and visit for Christmas

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:52 PM

It's only the end of the world in the Northern Hemisphere - we're safe down here... feel free to come down and visit for Christmas


Gavin, you're making a mockery of the entire issue. New Zealand is safe because it's on the protected side of the International Date Line.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:12 PM

You guys are all completely missing it.

The world ends on Dec 21, and we all know that. It also happens to be my wife's birthday. So, we are having an end of the world birthday party. Invitations make it clear, since it's end of the world anyways, feel free to run your visa (or mastercard) to the limit when shopping for gifts for the birthday girl. I have 'primed the pump' so to speak, and her new TOA-130 will be on display for the event.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:05 PM




If Hale Bopp returns before 12/21... Don't touch the pudding... :gramps:

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 03:03 PM

yes, it looks like it.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 05:58 PM

I need to read up on this subject a little more. Most of my friends and coworkers have seen my telescope related pictures and posts on Facebook, and even some of my Jupiter images. So, obviously Im their go to astrologer in times of crisis.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:05 PM

Be sure to stress the importance of sending you large amounts of money to ensure their safety.

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 06:23 PM

Odd thing is that OUR calendar ends on 12-31-12 and no one seems to be concerned about that!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:35 PM

Archaeologists announced today that they have discovered an ancient Mayan mall with a 2013 calendar store.

the puppy and penguin ones are especially cute!!

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Posted 14 December 2012 - 11:41 PM

Sorry you missed it Rick, at least a couple of times.

List of dates predicted for apocalyptic events


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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:05 AM

Well, it's a race against time.
In about 5 billion years, the red giant sun will engulf the Earth and vaporize the planet.
At nearly the same time, however, the Moon will finally leave the gravitational influence of the Earth and become an independent planet orbiting the sun. Alas, it will be in nearly the same orbit as the Earth, so after a few orbits....Blam! Impact with the Earth!
But which will come first? Can't say.

It's all moot to us here on Earth, though. Some time between 800 million and 1200 million years from now the gradually-getting-hotter sun will raise the temperature of the surface of the Earth above the boiling point of water and the only life left on Earth will be the bacteria deep in the Earth in the interstices between rock particles.
We are 3.5 billion years through a 4.5 billion year history of life on Earth.

Though an asteroid might hit the Earth and raise havoc, it won't extinguish all life on Earth--maybe just all life larger than dogs and cats.

All rather prosaic endings compared to the Mayan calendar thing. I seem to recall a short story by Isaac Asimov called "The Nine Billion Names of God". Now that was a zen ending.






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