It’s 12.21.12. Did The World End?

December 2012 Apocalyptic Reference
HistoryHolidayOff Beat 4 Comments

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, IT DID NOT. We say “HOORAY!”… not because we’re still here (we knew we would be), but because we can finally be rid of all the 12.21.12 end of the world claims, most of which relied on “wishful thinking, wild pseudoscientific folly, ignorance of astronomy, and a level of paranoia worthy of Night of the Living Dead”, as E. C. Krupp, Director of Griffith Observatory in LA so perfectly put it. Since the world did not combust or implode and was not swallowed up by a giant black hole, this is what you should know about today: 12.21.12.

12.21.12 is the Winter Solstice

Winter SolsticeIt’s officially winter! At precisely 7:11 a.m. EST today winter begins for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere.

THE BAD NEWS: it’s the shortest day and longest night of the year. In fact, if you happen to live north of the Arctic Circle, in say Santa’s North Pole ‘hood for example, you will have 24 hours of darkness today… bummer.

THE GOOD NEWS: days will gradually lengthen with more daylight hours from today on, over the next six months.

12.21.12 is Humbug Day

Humbug!Calling all scrooges, grinches and grouches. Today is your FREE PASS to let everyone know how you really feel about the holiday season. The stress, the crowds, crazy Uncle Marty, bankrupting yourself to buy gifts for everyone on your list (even the people you don’t necessarily like), the obligatory tipping of practically anyone who provides you with some sort of service, etc. Just let ‘er rip and get it all out!

12.21.12 is National Look At The Bright Side Day

Bright SideThink “half full”, embrace optimism, have a little hope, put on a happy face… now is your chance to be positive!

Seems fittingly ironic to celebrate this whacky, unofficial holiday on what is the darkest day of the year and the day that the world was supposed to end.

So, take your pick of what part of today you want to celebrate…there’s something for everyone to cheer.

We’re pretty sure that even the ancient Maya are laughing today, knowing how inept the seers, survivalists, and doomsdayers of the modern world were at interpreting the meaning of their infamous calendar.

  • Tara

    National Look At The Bright Side Day????? As a person that always tries to look at the glass “half full”, I think it’s terrible that in today’s world people have to set aside a day to celebrate the good things in life – the bright side of everything. I guess those are the Bah Humbug people.

  • Dejuitsi

    I will be celebrating Humbug Day by complaining about National Look At The Bright Side Day.

    Are we now allowed to revoke the voting rights of those that believed in the Mayan Apocalypse? Please say yes.

  • Guy from Hells Kitchen

    If the Mayans were so smart they would be ruling the world today.

  • You don’t mean ASTRONOMY – you mean ASTROLOGY – an entirely different thing. The former is science and the latter is witchcraft and fortune-telling.