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Apocalypse Tourism: Where To Celebrate Doomsday?

samzenpus posted more than 2 years ago | from the it's-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it dept.

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PolygamousRanchKid writes "December 21, 2012 marks the end of the current cycle of the Mayan 'Long Count' calendar. And while this has had some fearful types preparing for the end of the world, others have been preparing to travel. The Mexican government is expecting 52 million tourists as part of their "Mundo Maya 2012," campaign to visit the five regions — Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche, over the next 12 months. So, if you're wondering where to spend the last tourist dollars you'll have as a breathing human being or just want to see the looks on those faces when December 21 comes and goes uneventfully, President Felipe Calderon hopes you'll choose Mexico."

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Already prepared (5, Funny)

bonch (38532) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520918)

I'll spend it in the Y2K vault I built the last time the world ended.

Re:Already prepared (5, Insightful)

jhoegl (638955) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521032)

I was thinking, with all the "drug wars" going on in Mexico, visiting there may be the end of the world for some people.
A Y2K bunker, Cuban Missile Crisis bunker, or hole in the ground would be safer.

End drug prohibition and I'll visit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521274)

Hell, I'll move there. Not because I'm a junkie, but because in the absence of drug prohibition, it will be one of the safest countries on earth.

(Bet you didn't know that a very large chunk of every government's business is created by government itself, in the form of prohibition.)

Re:End drug prohibition and I'll visit (1)

c0lo (1497653) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521346)

Hell, I'll move there. Not because I'm a junkie, but because in the absence of drug prohibition, it will be one of the safest countries on earth.

Really? [guardian.co.uk] You bet the drug gangs will disappear instead of diversify?

Re:End drug prohibition and I'll visit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521494)

You know, there was institutionalized corruption during prohibition in the US as well. After prohibition was repealed, things went back to ... they ... oh never mind.

Re:End drug prohibition and I'll visit (3, Interesting)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521524)

When's the last time you had to buy booze from a gangster?

Re:End drug prohibition and I'll visit (2, Insightful)

MichaelKristopeit420 (2018880) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521766)

last time i lived in washington state... liquor is only available by state run distribution stores... there was only 1 store in the entire large seattle suburb that i lived in.

Re:End drug prohibition and I'll visit (2)

outsider007 (115534) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521592)

Right, because places like Amsterdam are known for being so safe.

Re:End drug prohibition and I'll visit (0)

MichaelKristopeit419 (2018878) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521850)

right, because decriminalized possession of marijuana is known for being the same as lack of drug prohibition.

and right, because places that border amsterdam and prohibit things available in amsterdam don't contribute to the state of amsterdam.

and right, considering that amsterdam has very strict drug prohibition laws and prison sentences of 16 years for hard drugs, you're an idiot.

you're a dope.

Re:End drug prohibition and I'll visit (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521878)

(Bet you didn't know that a very large chunk of every government's business is created by government itself, in the form of prohibition.)

Bet you didn't know that you are retarded and your parents dropped you on your head.

Re:Already prepared (2)

skids (119237) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521296)

I was thinking the place of origin of a doomsday prophecy would be exactly where you would not want to be.

Re:Already prepared (1)

mikael (484) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521488)

It would be the luck of those 52 million tourists to visit the same mountain peak at the same time, only to have it suddenly explode as a volcano.

Re:Already prepared (4, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521790)

It would be the luck of those 52 million tourists to visit the same mountain peak at the same time, only to have it suddenly explode as a volcano.

Oh - think of the engrams!

Re:Already prepared (4, Insightful)

jc42 (318812) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521572)

... the place of origin of a doomsday prophecy would be exactly where you would not want to be.

Do we know where this "doomsday prophecy" actually originated? I'd think it wasn't likely in Mexico, because there are lots of people there who understand the Mayan calendar). And they understand that all that'll happen next December 21 is that the first digit of the year will increase by 1 (and the rest of the digits will reset to 0). That is, it'll be about as big a doomsday as Y2K was.

It seems more likely that this "doomsday" was generated by someone with no understanding at all of the Mayan calendar. Either that, or they were your typical charlatan trying to scare people for personal profit. (Actually, that sort of person is easy enough to find in Mexico. ;-)

Re:Already prepared (0)

flyingsquid (813711) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521804)

Visit the lovely little pueblo of Chixculub in the Yucatan peninsula. That's where the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs 65 million years ago hit. The crater itself isn't visible, it's deep underground. However, there's a ring of sinkholes about 100 miles in diameter that trace the rim of the buried impact crater. It wasn't quite The End of the World, but it was about as close as you can come- the impact sent massive tsunamis as far away as Texas and Haiti, and launched enough dust into the air that the sky was dark for months, and sulphates vaporized from the impact rock would have dimmed the sun for years afterwards. As far as we know, nothing larger than a cat survived on land.

Re:Already prepared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521310)

Well, after spending a LOT of time in Mexico since 1955, and owning land there, and having 1/2 of my family (by marriage) there, I think a nice holiday on my sister-in-law's ranch on the Istmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca (just north of Chiapas), might be in order!

Re:Already prepared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521626)

I was thinking, with all the "drug wars" going on in Mexico, visiting there may be the end of the world for some people.

A Y2K bunker, Cuban Missile Crisis bunker, or hole in the ground would be safer.

You really made me laugh on that one!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha Lmao

Re:Already prepared (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521792)

A hole in the ground would be safer.

Bilbo would rather you leave him alone.

Re:Already prepared (1)

fartrader (323244) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521174)

With all those Twinkies - still Fresh!

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and get shot? (0)

flying squirrels (2496274) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520930)

yay

Come to Kansas (1)

JustinKSU (517405) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520934)

Philip DeFranco would say Kansas [forhumanpeoples.com] !

Re:Come to Kansas (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520990)

I'll be here, [google.com] watching the sunset high as fuck with a case of malt liquor, with this [youtube.com] playing on repeat.

Re:Come to Kansas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521518)

Rght, watch the apocklyps from the most boring place on earth. Huchison right? I would rather die being eaten by voles a day before than go to Kansas Ever!!!!!

see... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38520942)

America first

Smart tourist move (2)

Fluffeh (1273756) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520954)

Sounds like a perfect one off opportunity for Mexico to take advantage and make some wonderful tourist dollars off an event they are not going to have again. I wouldn't have ever thought of using this event as a way to get tourists into a country, but hey, with all the TV shows about it constantly being shown, I guess it was only a matter of time before ads started screening during them saying "Hey, come to this place for when the nworld ends!".

Smart marketing if you ask me.

Re:Smart tourist move (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521258)

They will have it again, but as the Mayans added an extra digit every time the clock reset, it won't be for a very long time.

Re:event they are not going to have again (1)

TaoPhoenix (980487) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521856)

Well, I "could have predicted" this, it is indeed savvy to fix a few holes in the economy with a few tourist (Your Currency Here.)

I am a quiet fan of New Age. These books were coming out in 2006. So here we are.
Trouble is, it "jut might be" the end if all the bad trends explode!

Far as I can tell, there's no subsequent compelling meme AFTER this when (not if!) we all survive with the same dullness as Y2K. Sux o be a new age writer then!!

My travel buddy (1)

Aerynvala (1109505) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520962)

and I had thought to take a cruise ship down to Mexico around then, but changed our minds after we realized how many people would be down there. We'll probably just stay home and watch end of the world movies for a week instead.

How? (4, Funny)

cirby (2599) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520970)

How in the heck to you expect me to celebrate an apocalypse while I'm working so hard to arrange it?

Working holidays can suck, but this one will be well worth it.

Are you still accepting volunteers? (1)

F69631 (2421974) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521434)

I've always wanted to get into the apocalypse-business and figured that if I'll miss this one, I might not get another chance. I've dabbled a bit and can present my mediocre Evil Genius [wikipedia.org] skills as a proof of my hobbyism. I've also caused the demise of many promising heroes, through activity known as "Dungeon Mastering".

Re:Are you still accepting volunteers? (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521762)

I've always wanted to get into the apocalypse-business and figured that if I'll miss this one, I might not get another chance.

Don't be silly; there will always be another apocalypse. I think we've had two from the same profit^w prophet this year.

Like I've been saying... (3, Funny)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520978)

The best dates will be the 22-24th, and the best places will be shopping malls all over the world. I mean, I figure these people aren't going to be doing Christmas shopping until the last minute!

The real question.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38520982)

...how to make money off these idiots?

Re:The real question.. (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521000)

fake life insurance

Re:The real question.. (3, Funny)

koan (80826) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521016)

Porta Potties

Re:The real question.. (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521266)

Sell Mayan calendar countdown apps for phones, offer an end-of-the-world insurance policy to those escaping to that village in France, produce a filter that kills links to any web page with references to the Mayan calendar -- lots of ways.

Re:The real question.. (1)

jamstar7 (694492) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521916)

Cool thing is, scam the cash off those idiots, blow it all on a big-assed party, watch the end of the world from your own island lair, PROFIT!!

Just need to buy that island lair in a non-extradition country.

Re:The real question.. (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521928)

...how to make money off these idiots?

Open a nationwide chain of stores that sell cheap crap made in China. Put old people in red vests at the door to greet them.

Be sure to sell lethal weapons. Be sure to provide little electric scooters for all the customers that are too fat to walk from eating the plus-size bags of fried corn syrup you sell. Oh, and don't forget to pay your employees starvation wages. They won't squawk because you'll put every other retail shop in town out of business, so there's no place else to work.

In other words, live the American dream.

1060 West Addison (1)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | more than 2 years ago | (#38520992)

after the cubs win the party may just last all of NOV.

Re:1060 West Addison (2)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521144)

after the cubs win the party may just last all of NOV.

Although not as apocalyptic as a Cubs world series win, Van Halen announced they would be touring in 2012 with David Lee Roth.

Watching the Hobbit for the 10th time? (4, Interesting)

fullmetal55 (698310) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521046)

the end of the world is a week after it's release. It's only fair that I'll be watching it when the world ends.

Re:Watching the Hobbit for the 10th time? (1)

stms (1132653) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522012)

the end of the world is a week after it's release. It's only fair that I'll be watching it when the world ends.

I'll already have seen that I'll be watching Judd Atapows movie which comes out the night of the apocalypse.

The scary thing is (4, Interesting)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521060)

I remember when 1999 turned the clock to 2000. At the time there was a bunch of Christian fundamentalists arrested in Israel, who were of the mindset that it was the time of the apocalypse, and if it didn't happen "naturally", then they were sure going to help it along.

This is the sort of thinking that scares me.

Re:The scary thing is (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521140)

Care to cite? I can't find shit about this. I think you're a fucking troll.

Re:The scary thing is (4, Informative)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521242)

Care to cite? I can't find shit about this. I think you're a fucking troll.

Yeah I'm a fucking troll I admit it .. and here is a citation that I just whipped up in Wikipedia in order to support my trolling (I especially like the inserting articles into the BBC). Note that I prepared this ahead of time and did not just find it after googling for say 2 minutes.

Concerned Christians [wikipedia.org]

Now all you people modding me down can just go and suck it.

Re:The scary thing is (1, Insightful)

mark-t (151149) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521660)

That's not a fundamentalist Christian group. Not anywhere even close. If you had labelled them a fringe group, which is much closer to what they evidently actually are, your comment probably would have been the subject of less criticism.

Re:The scary thing is (1)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521898)

No they're a christian fundamentalist group. They were in Israel awaiting the return of Jesus, I'd say that qualifies, no matter how badly you'd like to distance christianity from it. No faith is immune to fanatics.

Re:The scary thing is (0)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522128)

And no non-religious worldview will do better than the 1-in-26-million adherents cited on the question of doing something illegal, either.

Re:The scary thing is (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521180)

[citation needed]

I call complete bullshit.

Re:The scary thing is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521264)

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/violent-christian-cult-arrested-in-israel-1044945.html

Re:The scary thing is (0)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521218)

I understand it scares you, but you should be aware that acts intended toward "accelerating the end" are prohibited in both Christianity and Judaism.

I'd like see a citation/link on this... I've always gone with the more plausible notion that atheists simply entirely make up that any theists say any such thing, are so motivated, or act in such a way, even for the statistically insignificant percentage one hears this about as a biased estimate.

I'm sure your -primary- motivation is alleviating your fear here, as claimed, though, so I'll expect those links/quotes to be forthcoming.

Re:The scary thing is (0)

OzPeter (195038) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521294)

I understand it scares you, but you should be aware that acts intended toward "accelerating the end" are prohibited in both Christianity and Judaism.

I'd like see a citation/link on this... I've always gone with the more plausible notion that atheists simply entirely make up that any theists say any such thing, are so motivated, or act in such a way, even for the statistically insignificant percentage one hears this about as a biased estimate.

Apparently it seems that denial is also perfectly permissible in your religion.

Re:The scary thing is (0)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521338)

Denial of what? It was, and is, my overall perception.

Now that you've posted, though, let's see... 80 members of this group (estimating in your favor), 2.1 billion Christians.

That gives us, for this group from the 1980's, one in 26,250,000 Christians, and we are, as I stated, at the level of statistical noise for your claim.

I am, however, now aware that the notion isn't absolutely entirely unfounded--just almost. Thanks.

Re:The scary thing is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521392)

acts intended toward "accelerating the end" are prohibited in both Christianity and Judaism.

I'd like see a citation/link on this... if you don't mind my asking.

I'm sure your -primary- motivation is ensuring everyone is equally well-informed on this subject, so I'll expect those links/quotes to be forthcoming.

Re:The scary thing is (1)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521632)

Sure, no problem.

Elazar Shach, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Ponevezh yeshiva and a leader of Lithuanian Judaism, objected to the call for "forcing" the Messiah's appearance, an idea advocated by the Lubavitcher Rebbe.[77]

This statement itself contains multiple links to the individuals and their respective authority within Judaism, as well as the specific citation.

Quote is from here [wikipedia.org] , should you wish to follow up on this particular argument--though it is not difficult to find in many other such positions. It comes up frequently in internal debates as to the nature and goals of Israel and the anticipation of the Messiah, which is where I'm familiar with the arguments against from the perspective of Judaism.

For myself, a Lutheran Christian, I am quite aware that scripturally, we are told to "watch and pray" regarding this, and there is no suggestion we should commit acts of violence to "hasten the end", and such a case as was noted elsewhere in the thread would be covered by more general prohibitions against murder or property destruction.

Will that suffice, for your purposes?

Re:The scary thing is (1)

tragedy (27079) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521974)

Based on your own evidence, it would seem that this actually a point of contention rather than an absolute, agreed upon rule.

Re:The scary thing is (1)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522050)

Show me something in any human endeavor (any political party, any philosophy, any ethical system, any economics model, any science other than the subset of a subset of hard physics, etc., etc.) and we'll talk.

Just kidding, your expectation isn't even the case in hard physics.

Until then, it seems clearly the preponderant view, and the one supported by reference to the respective religions' defining document. If you want to argue otherwise, feel free to... actually argue otherwise. This would mean your own references on the topic and reasoning therefrom.

Re:The scary thing is (1)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38522092)

And... "document" should be plural in that post, and...

"people disagree" != "nobody's right"

Re:The scary thing is (1)

cusco (717999) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521454)

Two links have been inserted higher in the thread since you posted.

Seriously, attacks on innocents are prohibited in Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism, but when has that prohibition ever stopped anyone? The ability of theists to extract reasons for whatever nastiness they may want to commit has shown no limits so far. In the case of the Torah/Bible/Koran it's such a convoluted mess of contradictions that pretty much anything that is prohibited in one section is mandatory in another. Just pick and choose the parts you want.

Don't want to kill witches? Just ignore that order. Want to eat shellfish or pork? Just ignore that part. Want to be monogamous? There's a section promoting that. Want to be polygamous? There are sections promoting that. Pretty much the only thing consistently prohibited by all parts of all three versions of the text is that women must not be treated as equals of men.

Re:The scary thing is (0)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521786)

Thanks for posting from your void-utopia with no particular stances to contradict, and no demographic you consider your stance "responsible for", from which you propose we make a meaningful comparison of the number of negative outcomes we can cite, relative to your non-demographic.

That aside, you are mangling all sorts of issues that actually require particular consideration of one's own context and social context. Which normative system are you suggesting does -not- require contextual application? Certainly not the secular legal system, with its overt contradictions over a much shorter period of time, while lacking the means for resolution theism has long incorporated.

Anyway, you are conflating the notion of requirements for Jews or Gentiles, required versus prohibited versus discretionary, generalities versus extraordinary circumstances, in a manner that, I presume, could only work in your unspecified utopia. Care to elaborate what that system might be?

Until then, we make our best decision based on context and our best understanding of the letter and spirit of the text. If we are wrong in the resulting assessment, we will be corrected. Why do I think this can work? Because it obviously is, as a matter of basic reality, which you aren't going to alter by "talking away" those 2.1 billion practitioners.

Re:The scary thing is (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521734)

I've always gone with the more plausible notion that atheists simply entirely make up that any theists say any such thing, are so motivated, or act in such a way, even for the statistically insignificant percentage one hears this about as a biased estimate.

Yeah, atheists have to make up scary stories about religious nutters, because real ones are impossible to find.

And besides, atheists would feel obligated to join some cult if they couldn't find any disreputable poop on it.

Re:The scary thing is (1)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521892)

Well, yes, "real" in the sense of a) actually reflecting the content of the religion, rather than proposing that acts opposite from what the religion says to do are what the religion says to do--and b) being statistically significant considering the size of the demographic, which, handily for you, you have none specifiable for yourself for any useful relative comparison of outcomes.

Re:The scary thing is (2)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521354)

There have been such sects throughout history, but the extreme religious radicalization and right-wing shifts globally make this a particularly dangerous apocalyptic prediction. I don't think that any will succeed in causing global mayhem, but I don't recommend hanging out with any fundamentalists that particular day - regardless of religion. (Mind you, I don't recommend hanging out with fundamentalists at all, but if there's a day they're likely to be dangerous on then that will be it.)

More realistically, I would expect Mexican archaeological sites to suffer widespread damage and looting as the date approaches, with fanatics determined to find "proof" of a reference that actually states there will be anything happening then at all. The only two references so far officially discovered say nothing of the sort*, so believers are likely to want something more tangible.

*What the two references DO say is that a god is supposed to return on that day. Not to pick up or drop off, seems more of a social visit.

Re:The scary thing is (3, Insightful)

Empiric (675968) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521968)

You are aware that Mayan religious belief and Fundamentalist Christian belief are two entirely unrelated worldviews, and neither would take the other's predictions as authoritative, right?

I'm just wondering how you would arrive at the notion that Fundamentalists are going to think 2012 is the end because Mayan "paganism" says so.

Re:The scary thing is (1)

Cajun Hell (725246) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521476)

This is the sort of thinking that scares me.

Awww, your first "there are potentially-murderous nutjobs out there." That is so cute!

Re:The scary thing is (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521624)

Your "bunch" was 14 people arrested, of which 6 were children. Most of the nearly 80 members of that fringe group apparently stayed home. Wow. I'm underwhelmed!

So, eighty people out of approx. 2.1 billion Christians and you jump to the conclusion that all Christians are like that? Remember that not all who call themselves Christian are actually Christian. e.g. Barack Obama

That's why I like the SubGeniuses (1)

Sycraft-fu (314770) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521934)

Their end of the world day, X-Day, was July 5, 1998. So what do they do since that came and went? Why do it again every year of course! X-Day XIV happened this year.

No reason you can't have an end of the world celebration every year... At least if you are willing to have some fun with it :).

guatemala (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521092)

same great mayan people, but way cheaper

Re:guatemala (1)

viperidaenz (2515578) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521826)

I hear that's where storm troopers hang out

Perfect place (4, Funny)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521170)

I mean if the world is going to end, it makes sense to spend the last moments on earth enjoying earthly delights, i.e. hookers and blow, both of which can be found in spades in Mexico. And hey, if the world doesn't end, you can celebrate your new lease on life with what else, hookers and blow. Perfect!

Re:Perfect place (1)

tompaulco (629533) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521516)

But how will you know when the last few moments are, when the calendar ends on a day, not an hour, a minute or a second, and also we don't know if it ends at sunrise, sunset, or what. Also, what to do about the fact that no matter what time it ends, somebody is either going to be cheated because it is not yet the 21st, or somebody else is going to get extra because it is already the 22nd.
Clearly, the Mayans didn't think this through. Of course, the fact that their civilization cratered is good evidence that they don't have all the answers. From their calendar it appears they got the end of the world wrong by about 500 years.

Re:Perfect place (1)

antifoidulus (807088) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521558)

Hookers and blow from dawn till dusk, that way you won't have to worry about when exactly the world ends, as your heart will burst before it comes anyway.

I'm planning to go to the US... (2)

marcosdumay (620877) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521192)

I'm planning to go to the US. But my trip is scheduled to after the world ends, so if I don't go, have a nice ending you all.

Bet (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521200)

Does anywhere know where I can place a bet that the world won't end?

Re:Bet (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521384)

William Hill, in the UK, will take a bet on anything. So will most other bookies in the UK. If they can calculate the odds, they'll wager on it. However, I suspect that you'd need to make an astronomical bet before your winnings would even cover the commission.

Re:Bet (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521704)

Does anywhere know where I can place a bet that the world won't end?

No, but you can bet me any amount of money that it will, because I won't have to pay if you're right.

Christchurch (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521238)

You are pretty much guaranteed an earthquake there.

Re:Christchurch (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521328)

Here's yet another appropriate Hannibal Lecter troll you won't find in the movies:

"I collect church collapses, [slashdot.org] recreationally. Did you see the recent one in Sicily? Marvelous! The facade fell on sixty-five grandmothers at a special mass. Was that evil? If so, who did it? If he's up there, he just loves it, Officer* Starling. Typhoid and swans - it all comes from the same place."

* In case you're wondering, Hannibal refers to agent Starling as "Officer," which serves to mock her position.

Re:Christchurch (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521644)

Not sure where your link was going...

Re:Christchurch (1)

jd (1658) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521396)

I dunno. I was there for a year and there wasn't one.

Re:Christchurch (1)

MichaelSmith (789609) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521622)

Local government should have you on the payroll.

Speaking of Chiapas... (1)

migla (1099771) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521246)

How's that indigenous post-modern anti neo-liberal revolution by the Zapatistas in Chiapas coming along?

Haven't heard much in the news lately and the site(s?) seems to be completely in Spanish.

http://www.ezln.org.mx/ [ezln.org.mx]

It was all a big joke. Get over it! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521302)

The whole 2012 thing all started as a joke. Michael Coe (one of the world's top Mayanists) noticed that the calander ran out in 2012. In one of his papers, he put s footnote to the effect of: "Perhaps it is the end of the world." That is where this whole thing started from.

I get to work with a number of Mayan groups for my chocolate factory (Amano Artisan Chocolate) who grow some of our cocoa beans. Every group that I have had the opportunity to work with has told me that they see life and the calander as cycles. Given that, they don't see it as the end of the world so much as the beginning of a new cycle. They don't see it as the end of the world at all. It is really humorous to see folks in the "modern" world taking this end of the world thing far more seriously than the Mayan groups I work with.

Just a point of note, these native Mayan groups are composed of some really wonderful people. If you ever get a chance to go down to Mayan territory and are able to get away from the tourist haunts and into the more remote areas, I highly recommend it.
 

Re:It was all a big joke. Get over it! (1)

cusco (717999) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521528)

Did some research years ago on the Mayan calendar, and one thing that struck me was the LACK of endings. Everything involved the meshings of cycles within cycles, the emphasis on the beginning and end of something is much more a European construct. (made-up example) If the day Seven Hawk of one calendar happened to coincide with the day Seven Fish of another calendar or Seven Hawk were to coincide with Three Hawk it would have far more significance than the end of one of the cycles.

Re:It was all a big joke. Get over it! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521720)

It does coincide with the Earth moving to the other magnetic side of the center of the Milky Way. That could cause a magnetic pole shift in the Earth. We know for a fact these happen every once in a while although we don't know why. Even if that happens it will probably take a long time so no instant chaos.

um... (4, Insightful)

_Shorty-dammit (555739) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521358)

Re:um... (0)

cowboy76Spain (815442) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521630)

More pointless point I ever found...

The issue is not 2012 or 2220. The issue is that a Hollywood studio produces a mediocre, mediocre film basen on thin air; and marketing creates millions of "believers" (or even "scepticals") who keep babbling about it, long after the movie rests in its deserved grave.

It explains why Hollywood is more interested in spending $ in marketing that in producing actual good movies; as someone said "a dollar spent in brainwashing the people is more effective than a dollar spent in improving your product".

So, there will be people talking about what will happen in 2012, and people that will listen to them and won't politely ask for the former to SHUT UP AND STOP SPREADING BULLSHIT. And some will ever believe that a long-extinct bunch of farmers who did not even get a proper solar calendar somehow knew that "something will happen" in the 2012 or the 2220 or whenever. Dunno. Maybe it will be like Y2K, when the soviet nuclear missiles all launched automatically and all the banks broke, remember? Probably the Mayan missiles will launch from their hidden bunkers, don't you think?

And yes, if you (whoever is reading this post) believe that in 2012 will happen anything caused by the mayans, or even if you have any kind of doubt, let me say it clearly so you understand it: YOU ARE A FUCKING STUPID. Try to find someone to trust (better if he/she is a relative) and let that someone decide for you for important things, because your brain is deffective.

Of course, the last part does not apply if you came here to make fun of the fucking stupids.

Belize (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521538)

Belize is right under Mexico....next to Guatemala......
Quite a few ruins....caves..
Including Caracol
Beautiful beaches.....
Good people.....Less people.... Pop: 300,000 only.....

Simple exchange 1BZD = 2USD

tro7l (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521590)

Well, duh. (5, Funny)

Black Parrot (19622) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521678)

I'm going to spend it the same way I spent the last eight apocalypses - standing near the eastern edge of my time zone to see what happens on the other side. Then I'll have 59 minutes to decide whether to head for a church or a whorehouse.

If only... (1)

amalek (615708) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521714)

Those gentlemen had suggested December 26th instead ... retailers would have had a boom xmas

Point me in the direction of.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521830)

The nearest brothel which has a bloody good selection of single malts, absinthe, and whatever psychotropic substances are available.
If the dirtball's fucked, then this is how I want to go out...

Planet Titanic (1)

da8add1e (1244554) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521894)

We're all along for the ride - it won't really matter where your sitting at the time I think!?

Cause for celebration... (1)

Jamel Toms (2541304) | more than 2 years ago | (#38521910)

Celebrate doomsday?

Uranus (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#38521990)

'nuff said

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