A surprising number of people seem to take the rumors about the coming end of the world in December 2012 seriously. Let’s explore a few things that, according to superstitious people, could cause it.
The CERN Experiment in 2012
This year, CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) starts another series of experiments in the hope that it will get much closer to the finishing point of the Standard Model of particle physics.
Scientists at CERN announced the dates of tests for the remainder of the year. In particular, on Monday, December 17, 2012, and on Friday, December 21, 2012, the CERN will start running a series of experiments.
It is expected to break records in high-voltage clashes that have already been made by the LHC (Large Hadron Collider), the largest particle accelerator in the world, created to be used in experiments aimed at a better understanding of the Universe and its origin.
In these experiments, the CERN scientists hope to create individual reactions that will provide further information about antimatter and the Big Bang. The tests will take place in the week 17 to 21 December 2012 and will be the last experiment before the LHC will be closed for upgrades and start operation again in 2014.
Thus, the most advanced CERN experiment believed by many people to provoke the end of the world will take place on the same day on which the world is predicted to end. How ironic is that? All this gives superstitious people food for rumors about the coming end of the world.
Broken Mayan Crystal Skull
A careless move of a German became a bad omen, according to the Mayan prophecies. For superstitious people, it means that the end of the world came even closer.
During a photography session in a studio in Germany, a production assistant dropped a skull made of volcanic rock, which once belonged to the head of the SS Heinrich Himmler.
According to the legend surrounding the eschatological prophecy of the Maya, the Nazis stole the skull from Tibet. Carved from volcanic stone, it was believed to have magical powers and be able to get humanity to survive the Apocalypse of December 21, 2012.
The crystal skull does not exist anymore and is disintegrated into small pieces. For some people, it is a real disaster and a sign of the upcoming end of the world.
The Mayan skull belonged to historian Thomas Ritter, who had received it from the family of a British soldier present at Himmler’s arrest in 1945. However, the historian reassured the world saying that the accident will not “make gods angry” and the Earth will continue to spin after 21 December.
The skull was 1000 years old and was one of 13 Mayan crystal skulls. Nine of them were depicted with color and represented races of people. The other four did not have color and symbolized “the beasts that walk, crawl, slide and fly”.
As you see, some people indeed believe that the CERN experiment and things like a broken crystal skull could cause the end of the world.
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