2012-2013 — 22 January 2013

End-of-world prediction falls flat

Richard Regalado

On Dec. 21, 2012, the world ended! Oh wait…it didn’t. Still, due to the predictions, some students in Oakland High School decided to not come on this epic day, which also happened to be the last day before winter break.

This prediction was based on interpretations of the Maya calendar, which was developed around 2000 BCE. Some parents did not want their kids to go to school on Dec. 21 because they wanted to keep them safe.

“My mom told me I couldn’t go to school because she was worried that something might really happen while I’m at school,” said April Serrano, senior. “Plus I wanted to be with my baby Richard,” she added, referring to her boyfriend, the writer of this article.

So far, Wikipedia’s List of Dates Predicted for Apocalyptic Events includes 150 doomsday predictions. However, there are more false predictions made about the end of the world. The very first prediction listed was that the world would end in 634 BCE and the most recent one was Dec. 21, 2012. Wikipedia lists nine future predictions that might happen, although there might be more.

The next prediction is just one of the many doomsday predictions in human history. This prediction was written by Jeane Dixon, an American Christian astrologer and psychic of the 20th century. According to Dixon, in 2020, Jesus will return to defeat the unholy Trinity of the Antichrist, which will cause the end of the world.

Scientists also predict that the world and universe will eventually come to an end in the year 10100 (10 followed by 100 zeroes), when the universe runs out of thermodynamic free energy.

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