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Tonight's topic: End of the Earth Edition.
I'm getting pretty confused by all the dates which are being (and have been) thrown around for the end of the earth.
December 21, 2012 will be the most important date for all of Humanity. The ancient Mayans created the Long Count calandar to mark this date as the beginning of a new cycle for Mankind.
But see why some people are calling 2012 "Doomsday" and the end of the world ... As we know it! Don't believe the Nay-Sayers... Learn the Real Truth about 2012.
OK, so the world ends in about two years. Enough time to..wait a minute!
May 21, 2011 Judgement [sic] Day.
The biblical proves [sic] of Judgement day and Rapture occures [sic] on May 21, 2011.
OK, so they don't spell so well—does that mean they can't be right about the end of the world? After all, what better source than the Bible?
So, now I have around 18 months. Can't I get more time?
- An article in Weekly World News describes a find by a Professor Lloyd Cunningdale of Salt Lake City who was excavating with his students at the site of the famous Donner party disaster of 1847. The latter were a group of settlers bound for California who became trapped by snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Cunningdale and students have found a time capsule left by the settlers which contains many predictions for the future. They predict that nations will abandon traditional methods of conflict and resort to the use of biological warfare. In 2016, one such disease will spread and kill all of the humans on the planet.
Well, that's a little better. Anything more distant?
Sir Isaac Newton, Britain's greatest scientist, predicted the date of the end of the world - and it is only 57 years away.
His theories about Armageddon have been unearthed by academics from little-known handwritten manuscripts in a library in Jerusalem.
The thousands of pages show Newton's attempts to decode the Bible, which he believed contained God's secret laws for the universe.
Newton, who was also a theologian and alchemist, predicted that the Second Coming of Christ would follow plagues and war and would precede a 1,000-year reign by the saints on earth - of which he would be one.
The most definitive date he set for the apocalypse, which he scribbled on a scrap of paper, was 2060.
Not bad. Further out—like, when there's no chance I will still be around?
Humanity may end in many different ways. We might kill ourselves through nuclear war, or die from a global disease epidemic. Like all the species on Earth, we'll eventually be gone. But life will survive and continue to evolve into new and interesting forms. But even the Earth won't last forever. Eventually, our planet too will end.
So, how will the Earth end? It all depends on how the Sun ends.
The Sun is a happy main sequence star right now, but as it nears the end of its life in about 7.5 billion years, it will begin to swell up as a red giant star. Its size will get so large that it will encompass the orbits of the inner planets. Mercury and Venus will be consumed within the Sun.
Good. I don't plan to be around that long. I'm satisfied.
On Craig Ferguson last night, one of my favorite performers: Eddie Izzard.
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