Welcome. This post is part of the WEGO Health National Health Blog Post Month (NHBPM) challenge for November, 2012.
I couldn’t think of anything to write for this post because there is so much BS and, really, how do you choose when there is an endless supply of options? But a friend and I were joking about the end of the world coming next month (December 21, 2012). I said we should do something since it is the last day on Earth.
Then we sat on the couch, not coming up with any great ideas because we look at it as a big joke. In our defense, we would be dangerous if we put a lot of thought into things and were able to carry them out.
I did get curious, googled “end of the world” and found a couple of interesting sites. The first one is National Geographic, which has the article 2012: Six End-of-the-World Myths Debunked. The article debunks such common myths as the Mayans and their calendar, galactic occurrences and Planet X that is apparently heading towards us.
The National Geographic article also says:
At least one aspect of the 2012, end-of-the-world hype is, for some people, all too real: the fear.
NASA’s Ask an Astrobiologist Web site, for example, has received thousands of questions regarding the 2012 doomsday predictions—some of them disturbing, according to David Morrison, senior scientist with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.
“A lot of [the submitters] are people who are genuinely frightened,” Morrison said.
It goes on to say:
In December 2012 the lengthy era ends and the complicated, cyclical calendar will roll over again to Day Zero, beginning another enormous cycle.
“The idea is that time gets renewed, that the world gets renewed all over again—often after a period of stress—the same way we renew time on New Year’s Day or even on Monday morning,” said Aveni, author of The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012.
NASA’s Ask an Astrobiologist has a page dedicated to the end of the world that has the top 20 questions as well as links for other sites and videos that explain the origins and debunking of the myths.
And a serious moment in a subject that many treat as a joke. There are people who have doomsday phobias. Please be kind to them. If you know someone who truly thinks the world will end, help them get psychological help for something that they think is real.
OK, enough debunking of the lies from the fear mongers and back to the much less serious aspect of the end of the world. The parties!
What are people planning? For those who celebrate Christmas, the end of the world is so close to December 25th. Are people planning anything or are they too busy and stressed to care?
If you have decided to have an end of the world party, check out 2012 : End of the World Party Plan Ideas or How will you prepare for the Mayan prophecy?.
Or, since it is so close to Christmas, you could relax that evening, wrap some presents and watch a movie. Buzzfeed has a list of 21 movies they created for the May 21, 2011 rapture. One end of the world is just as good as the next, right?
Now for food and drink. The San Francisco Chronicle has an article called 10 Maya foods that changed the world’s eating habits. And a great way to use some of the foods listed in the article is to have a fondue.
I found a site called bestfondue.com. If you’ve never had a fondue, they have some great information and a variety of recipes for cheese, oil, broth, dessert and chocolate fondues. I’ve picked a couple of recipes to give you an idea of how easy it can be to have supper and dessert using fondues. The links will take you to the page where you will find the instructions and suggestions for dips and dippers for the recipes.
1/2 lb. Chicken breast, skinless and boneless, per person
8 cups Chicken broth
1 cup White wine, dry
30 White mushrooms, medium
4 Tomatoes, cut in quarters
3 Fondue dips
(Image via happyhomebaking.blogspot.ca)
1/2 cup Cream, 35%
4 Mars bars, cut into small pieces
Assortment of dippers
Remember, December 21, 2012 is on a Friday and along with some end of the world parties, there will also be the joy, cheer and stress of the holiday season and office parties. As always, have fun and be safe.