Apocalypse Poll: Will Inver Grove Heights be Obliterated Dec. 21?

The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur Dec. 21—less than two weeks from today. Do you buy it?

Time for another Inver Grove Heights Patch Poll, and it's simple this time: Do you expect the world to end Dec. 21, 2012?

Apocalypse in the house ... and it's less than two weeks away.

Seriously though, even NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing. The date is simply the end of one time period that simply starts over. Or so they think.

“Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA wrote.

But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case the Earth explodes, or zombies run amok. With the "long count" calendar of the Ancient Mayans coming to an end that day, some people are a little pessimistic about any calendar continuing past that date.

However, experts on the matter, like the NASA thing above, say we've got nothing to worry about. According to an article on nbcnews.com, "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone—but not an end."

Some people believe the Maya may have predicted "impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field."

But according to the article, that is not the case. In fact Mayan predictions go way past our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come even after their long count calendar came to an end.

Then there are those in the New Age camp who say there's something to the prophecy, but that it's a good thing. It'll be "the end of the world as we know it," to borrow from the REM song, and the beginning of an age when human consciousness advances beyond the fear and avarice that have ruled mankind in the past.

There have been several predictions of the end of the world, of course, including the May 21, 2011 biblical prediction by then 89-year-old "minister" Howard Camping. At that time, Patch columnist Ben Cathey made his own prediction that it would not come to pass. Indeed, he was right. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

So what do you think? Are we doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!

Al Tate December 12, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Where is the poll for this? This headline reads this is Apocalypse Poll, but there is no poll to take. There is a diagram of a poll as an image, but no poll to take. So this makes no sense, it's not a poll then. I predict Patch to end on 12/21/12 because of its poor, amateur writing and reporting, but the world will go on unscathed. Nice poll Patch - there isn't one!
linda December 13, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Person, whomever you are, lighten up. I like patch and take offense to your comment. You, amongst others sit at your computer and say mean-spirited things that you don't have the guts to say in person. Does this make you fell more powerful to wish others bad wishes, when its a world that already has enough challenges? Grow up and be responsible and do your part to be nice to everyone. This is a basic courtesy your mother should have taught you. Will this world end? Yes, if people don't start showing compassion for everyone and everything. Respectfully, your fellow human being.
Al Tate December 13, 2012 at 03:18 PM
Linda, Thanks for the comments. You have your opinion, I have mine. I don't tell you what to do, you don't tell me what to do. It's that simple. Patch is going downhill and that's my opinion. You don't have to like it, you don't have to read it, you certainly can comment on it and so can I. I hope you enjoy your subway sandwich today.
Al Tate December 13, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Linda, one more thing to add. It's people like you who accept mediocrity that will cause the downfall of this country. Accept subpar standards and get subpar results. People need to be held accountable for their poor performances if they need to be. By patting every little johnny on the back telling them they are doing a good job when they are not, that is not working. Anyway, I hope your Subway sandwich was good today!


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