Another dawn, another apocalypse prediction for your calendar. But don't start panicking and stock up on a superstores' stock of canned beans. The end of the world has been suspected and hyped up many, many times before. So, will June 24, 2018 be the end of the world, for real this time? The Bible might believe it is. On second thought, it couldn't hurt to have a few spare bottles of water in the pantry. Just in case.
It might be time to re-watch that marathon of National Geographic's Doomsday Preppers for a little inspiration. That state of the world isn't exactly white picket fences and rose bushes. If you have your news notifications set to "ON" you know that every pop up headline on your home screen sends a shiver of anxiety down the spine. Maybe it wouldn't hurt to pick up a few tips from TV's featured preppers.
On the bright side, don't say no to that second helping of cake. Whether it's the end of the world or not, there's nothing like an apocalyptic scare to teach you how to live a little. To set your anxiety at east, we'll probably see a Jun. 25. But, still, it doesn't hurt to appreciate life a little more than usual with the looming threat of doom.
Here's what you need to know about ~that~ date. A conspiracy theorist named Mathieu Jean-Marc Joseph Rodrigue has predicted the doomed date. Why Jun. 24? It comes from a passage in the Book of Revelations that reads, "He was given authority to act for 42 months." Rodrigue did the calculations based off of this and concluded that the Earth goes bye-bye in 2018. As reported by The Daily Star, "to find the date of the apocalypse, he takes the 666 figure and adds it to his earlier calculations, with the 42 months from the bible. When all added together, he claims this indicates the world will end on June 24, 2018." What Rodrigue or anyone of us don't know is how it would happen.
The conspiracy fan favorite of the Earth's demise is by way of collision with a planet we never included in our solar system dioramas. But NASA says the planet would be visible by now, so, that's not it. However, to add more to this intrigue, the famed 16th century prophet Michel de Nostradame predicted 2018 wouldn't be too sweet to humanity. Express UK reported, "In this bizarre compendium of quatrain verses, the prophet warned that the skies will open to fire, the seas and oceans will flood the lands and powerful tremors will split the Earth open. One passage in particular has been interpreted to warn against intense solar radiation lashing the Earth with intense heat, through a hole in ozone layer." Nostradamus continues to predict a rift between the East and the West, which ... is a little eerie considering the fragility of egos in charge of pushing nuclear buttons.
Um, just to stress that point, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists pushed the symbolic Doomsday Clock (it's a thing) 30 seconds ahead so that it now stands at two minutes to "midnight". The Washington Post reports, "the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists cited 'the failure of President Trump and other world leaders to deal with looming threats of nuclear war and climate change.'" The organization has deemed today's world as more dangerous to live in today than a year ago and the state of the world is just as threatening as it was during World War II. So, there's that. But don't start breathing heavily into a paper bag, this clock doesn't mean that we are all going to die.
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists determines, "when the clock's minute hand will move, usually to draw attention to worldwide crises that, the board believes, threaten the survival of the human species." The recent nuclear alert scare in Hawaii was disturbing and kind of backs this up. Everyone needs to back off from buttons and one person in particular needs to walk away from their Twitter account.
Maybe we'll all be taken over by Zombie Deer. I don't know anymore. This world is crazy. In the meantime, whether Jun. 24 is just another hyped and empty prediction (probably) or not, I'm going to go enjoy the remaining cinnamon roll that's waiting for me in the fridge right now.