Mexican officials this week took time out of the holiday celebrations to proclaim the coming of the Apocalypse. Officials have started a countdown to the End of Times for December 21, 2012 — based on the Mayan calendar. At our blog, we try to keep people informed of such important dates for personal planning. Since it falls on a Friday, it may make for an awkward evening at TGIF and, if you have some vacation time, you might want to use it before December 22, 2012. I am not sure what the Mayan apocalypse looks like but I am pretty sure that, as a legal matter, earned vacation and other benefits will be treated as void as a matter of force majeure.
The doomsday dates comes from a stone tablet discovered in the 1960s at the archaeological site of Tortuguero in Tabasco provision — describing the return of a Mayan god at the end of a 13th period.
We have previously seen the great draw to those who proclaim our imminent destruction. However, it is worth noting that the Mexican tourist agency appears behind this particularly apocalyptic prediction and expected to
pull in 52 million visitors by next year based on the dire date. They might wish to be careful on the pitch: those disappointed by the continuation of the world have often found lawyers rather than faith in the aftermath.
In reality, the much talked about date is actually the Winter Solstice and archeologists the 2012 reference on the 1,300-year-old stone tablet only is meant to show the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar. That interpretation, however, would not sell tee-shirts or Mayan dolls with “I Survived 2012” on them.
One tourist representative from Quintana Roo, Yeanet Zaldo, however, is not insisting on the end of times and instead cites the date as “a message of hope.” That will not move the tchatchkes or knick knacks. Indeed, the Obama campaign has found the whole “hope” thing is not tracking well this year.
Chiapas did the apocalypse marketing right with an 8-foot digital clock counting down in the main park so that you can make appointments and plans with precision before the End of Times. [The fact is that I have been seeing signs of the apocalypse even since Captain & Tennille released “Muskrat Love” . . . well actually ever since Captain & Tennille]
I will simply note that, with the end of the world approaching, there is no better time to vote in the ABA competition for our blog for the top opinion blog. I ask you: do you want this weighing on your soul when the Mayan Gods come knocking?
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