Earth-and-Moon - Photo courtesy NASAIs the third rock from the Sun really coming to an end at 11:11:00 UTC on December 21st?

If so, why are so many people even bothering with holiday gift shopping?

I mean, if Mother Earth is to vanish into thin air at the aforementioned date-hour-minute, why waste the precious time you have left wading into a sea of elbows fighting over the latest Apple gizmo, when you won’t be around to give it and he/she won’t be there to receive it?

Virgin_Galactic logoLook, if you must spend your hard-earned cash before The Rapture, then I strongly encourage you to empty out your savings accounts, use all your plastic credit, sign over the deed to your house, and give it all — every last penny of it — to Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Afterall, if you really believe the world is coming to an end, you’re gonna need quick passage off the planet. And, Sir Richard’s VG is the only ticket to outer space.

If, on the other hand, you’re like me and believe that the Blue Planet isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, then just relax and continue business as usual. But, don’t take my word for it.

NASA logo courtesy www.spacefrontier.orgAccording to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), we can all breathe a sigh of relief as the world will not end on December 21st, the Winter Solstice. To quote informed sources down at NASA HQ in Houston, “Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than four-billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.”

The Holy See hasn’t been mute on the impending doom either. The Vatican’s top astronomer spoke out recently on the demise of Mother Earth saying, “The world won’t be ending in about two weeks, despite predictions to the contrary.” Father Jose Gabriel Funes said there was no danger of an impending apocalypse.

In the words of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States, delivered during his first inaugural address on March 4, 1933, “The only fear we have to fear is fear itself.”

Graphic ©Getty Image_sgty_earth_nibiru_cataclysm_ll_121130_wgThis whole end-of-the-world rumor started over a pseudoscientific idea that Nibiru, a planet supposedly four times the size of Earth and believed to exist beyond Pluto by the ancient Sumerians, is on a collision course with Mother Earth and due to enter our atmosphere on Stardate 90577.81 and go KABOOM! But, so far, NASA hasn’t spotted Nibiru heading our way, nor is Bruce Willis on standby apocalyptic alert.

As a matter of fact, this end-of-time scenario was previously predicted to strike in May of 2003, but when it came and went with nary a peep, the Doomsday Clock was pushed up to December 21st of this year. And the justification for this new “panic in the streets”? To link the “end all” date to one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar.


Graphic - ©Getty Images_r-MAYAN-CALENDAR-large570Just like the digital calendar on your iThingy will not cease to function after December 31, 2012, the Mayan calendar will not cease to exist on December 21, 2012 either. This date is simply the end of a Mayan “long-count” period. And, just like a digital calendar that will simply roll over to 01/01/2013 as the new Gregorian calendar year begins, another long-count period will also begin on the Mayan calendar.

So, chill. You can put the DeLorean DMC-12, with the Flux Capacitor option package, back in the garage.

What? You’re still not convinced? You really do believe that our world is coming to an end at 11:11:00 UTC on December 21st?

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo-101010-02Well, if that’s the case, then there’s only one thing for you to do. Pick up the phone and call Virgin Galactic and book your seat to a safe star somewhere out there in the Milky Way.

Just dial, toll free, 1-800-Getmeouttahere. Operators are standing by.

Bon voyage Earthlings, and may the Force be with you.

©The Palladian Traveler


Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" in the Veneto region of northeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him in and out of 49 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along cobblestone streets that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway somewhere in the Veneto. You can also follow his dispatches from the cobblestone at and


  1. Haha! I don’t believe the world will end, but I sure would love to go on a Virgin Galactic flight…First feline in space! Oh my cat that would be awesome! According to an article I read this morning the Mayan’s didn’t calculate for leap years, and if we hadn’t had leap years we would already be in July 2013 so…. I guess the world goes on! =^.^=

  2. What a fun post. Tom. I also think it’s poppycock, hogwash, and bunkum.🙂 My Christmas in New Jersey is still going ahead, unless I get beamed up before it happens.😆

  3. Tom,
    do not consume yourself with this stuff. The Mayan could not predict their own end, how could they predict our end in 2012, so many centuries later. They made calendars, but they could not count after 2012, period! Besides, I just bought a new IPhone, a new camera and I hired a new guy in my business, I want more than a couple of weeks of usage.

    I have nominated you with The Blog Of The Year 2012 Award. Please pick it up here, enjoy it and celebrate. That’s what an Italian like me would do. Ciao.

    1. Valentina – I am the last person to be consumed by the 12/21 “noise.” I wrote it tongue-n-cheek knowing full well that Mother Earth is not going anywhere. Enjoy your new toys, and don’t worry, the calendar on the iPhone will roll over to 01/01/2013 and we’ll all still be here. Thanks for the BOYT award; yours will make it 6 stars. Ciao for now.

  4. Well Tom if it does end on December 21st I’m going to be awfully upset that I’ve spent the last few weeks of my life working instead of hightailing it over to Europe to see as much as I could! But, really, I don’t think we’ve got much to worry about.

  5. I was enraptured, Tom! Have you ever been to the Anthropolgy Museum in Mexico City? The Mayan calendars and totem poles etc are beautiful and intriguing.

  6. I wish the poor people here could believe it was all balderdash, hogwash and poppycock! My poor friend is being deserted by all her staff this afternoon, forcing her to close down her business … 🙂

  7. Well, I’m glad we’re all still here. ‘Cause if it did, I wouldn’t had have my upcoming 200th post.😀
    Happy Christmas and A Merry New Year.

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