The End of the World?

Jamie Steyer

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As Winter Break, the holidays, and finals approach, some people worry about studying, shopping, and other such mundane tasks. However, according to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, the world will be ending on December 21st- the last day of school before break. How could the school do this, making students spend their possibly last days in class? Well, some indications have been given that we will live to see the 22nd. One argument given is that, not factoring in leap years, the world would have ended about nine months ago. In addition, lived a very long time ago, so most likely just ran out of room on the calendar. For those looking for a more reputable source dismissing the notion of an apocalypse, Neil DeGrasse Tyson reminds us on Twitter that it’s “ Hard to take seriously predictions about the end of the world from the Maya, a culture that could not predict its own demise,” in addition to many other snarky comments about the end of the world- and the people who believe in it. Most would recommend you study for finals and don’t spend all your money on entertainment on the 21st, but there are some who are prepared for the worst. Senior Jon Kutchen, wanting to spend his last day in the happiest place on Earth, said he’s “going to DisneyWorld.” Others will work closer to home. Senior Will Phillips’ advice was to “disregard women and acquire currency,” which got some confused looks from the onlookers. “I’d do the opposite of Will,” said junior Christopher Jackson. “The world’s ending, so what would I need money for?” Whatever happens, live it up over break, whether it be for a few hours, or weeks- when finals hit, we may be wishing the Mayans prediction had come true.

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