End of World on 21st. "Oh well, just fit a smoke alarm" say British Authorities who clearly 'aren't bovverred'

 

'Fit a smoke alarm to warn you of the end of the world': UK authorities  take light-hearted approach to December 21 'Mayan doomsday' threat

  • In a bid to quell  fears about a possible doomsday scenario, British authorities have issued some  not very serious advice
  • The London Fire  Brigade has recommended installing fire alarms on every floor of your  home
  • The AA says allow  extra time for journeys and listen to the radio for weather  updates
  • The RSPCA  has advised spending quality time with your pets

  By Daily Mail Reporter

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The  potential end of the world on December 21, as predicted by the Mayan calendar,  has generated a mixture of different reactions from people.

For some the famous date is an excuse for a  party, others are simply treating it as another day, while one group of people -  known as 'preppers' - have been stocking up on supplies in expectation of the  apocalypse.

Now British authorities, in a bid to quell  fears of doomsday, have issued light-hearted advice on how best to respond to the  potential crisis, such as installing a fire alarm and listening out for weather  forecasts.

End of the world? Opinion is divided about an apparant Mayan prediction that the world will end on Dec 21

End of the world? Opinion is divided about an apparant  Mayan prediction that the world will end on Dec 21

NOT THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE  KNOW IT, SAYS NASA

On it’s website, NASA has posted the  following explanation for why the world won’t end on December 21, 2012:

Contrary to some of the common beliefs out  there, the claims behind the end of the world quickly unravel when pinned down  to the 2012 timeline.

The story started with claims that Nibiru, a  supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This  catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the  doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of  the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 - hence  the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

The world will not end in 2012. Our planet  has been getting along just fine for more than four billion years, and credible  scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

The deadpan advice comes with less than two  weeks to go until the date of the apocalypse, according to some interpretations  of the Ancient Mayan calendar.

It follows an official US government  blog  this week, which described the prediction  that a planet is on a crash course with Earth  as 'just rumours' and insisted that 'the  world will not end on December 21,  2012, or any day in 2012'.

What form annihilation will take remains the  topic of hot speculation on the internet, with possible scenarios ranging from a  Noah-like great flood to a rogue planet smashing into Earth.

The UK institutions confirmed they had the  necessary capacity to deal with any unusual events that might occur and, with  tongues firmly in cheeks, put forward some specific suggestions for  survival.

A London Fire Brigade spokesman said: 'Fit a  smoke alarm on each level of your home, then at least you might stand a chance  of knowing that the end of the world is nigh ahead of those who  don’t.

'If you survive the apocalypse you’ll be  alerted to a fire more quickly should one ever break out.'

The AA advised: 'Before heading off, take  time to do the basic checks on your car and allow extra time for your  journey.

'Local radio is a good source of traffic and  weather updates and for any warnings of an impending apocalypse. Should the  announcer break such solemn news, try to remain focused on the road ahead and  keep your hands on the wheel.'

An RSPCA spokesman added: 'Luckily for  animals, they do not have the same fears of the future - or its imminent  destruction - as us humans, so it is unlikely that our pets will be worrying  about the end of the world.

'However, should the Mayans prove to be  right, our message would be to spend whatever time you have left with your  animals wisely.

BXKMMD Young woman testing smoke alarm on ceiling
ARBBM0 Man Listening to Radio

Lighthearted advice for coping with the end of the world  includes fitting extra smoke detectors and listening to weather forecasts on the  radio

Ancient signs: The doomsday fears are based on misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar

Ancient signs: The doomsday fears are based on  misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar, say NASA

'Take them for a long walk or give them a  cuddle. Enjoy every second you have with them as if it was your  last!'

Other bodies including British Transport  Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were prepared for any  event that may occur on December 21.

However, one expert offered reassurance that  the prediction was a misinterpretation of ancient artefacts.

Professor Mark Van Stone, the author of 2012:  Science And Prophecy Of The Ancient Maya, traces the start of the 2012  apocalypse prophecy back to 1904, when German scholars said a Mayan picture of a  sky dragon pouring water from above proved they were predicting a great  flood.

Other predictions then made it into  subsequent academic books on the Maya and soon became enshrined in popular  mythology.

The RSPCA has recommended spending quality time with pets should a Mayan prophecy about the end of the world come true on Dec 21

The RSPCA has recommended spending quality time with  pets should a Mayan prophecy about the end of the world come true on Dec 21

Prof Van Stone, who teaches art history at  Southwestern College, California, said the speculation comes down to a few  inscriptions that indicate the Ancient Mayan calendar has been counting down  since 3114BC and will hit zero on December 21.

He told the Press Association: 'The Maya  indicated there was a 5,000-year cycle that ended on a creation date. Scholars,  and eventually everyone else, inferred that when the calendar reached that date  again in 2012 that it would stop.

'When I started writing my book, I thought  that I would find evidence to support the scholarly idea that the clock would  actually stop this time. It seems very reasonable. But in fact I found no  evidence the Maya ever thought that. I found several examples that suggest the  opposite.'

When the calendar reaches zero on December 21  it will just restart, according to Prof Van Stone.

He added: 'I say this to people who are  believers: Okay, have a great time, I’ll see you in 2013.

'The Maya did not predict any end. The Maya  expected the future to go on for ever. So don’t worry.'

NASA scientists say fears about the impending end of the world are based on misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar

NASA scientists say fears about the impending end of the  world are based on misinterpretations of the Mayan calendar

Numerous websites and Facebook groups  promoting the Mayan prediction and providing so-called evidence can be found  online.

A small French village called Bugarach has  been earmarked by some as the only place to go to guarantee surviving the  apocalypse.

The December 21 apocalypse is not the first  prediction and it is unlikely to be the last, if Prof Van Stone proves  correct.

The countdown to the millennium was awash  with fears that the Y2K bug would send computer systems into meltdown with  devastating consequences.

Such was the uncertainty over what would  happen when the clock struck midnight that then president Bill Clinton signed  into law the Y2K Liability Bill to help businesses prepare.

Then there was American pastor Harold  Camping, who predicted Armageddon not once but twice last year. Yet both May 21  and October 21, 2011 passed without incident

 

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LOL Trevor. In other words any kind of scenario goes!

Kiss kitty goodbye then!

 

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