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It's the end of the world -- or not

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Dec. 21, 2012 -- rumor is the world's gonna end on this date. It's not the first doomsday prediction (most recent was April 21, 2011, which of course turned out to be false), but I have to say it's probably got the most publicity since the new millennium.

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I was 12 years old when I first heard people talking about it. I remember we had a bunch of family out at my lake cabin, and my cousin Kelsey had a bunch of friends out as well. They were actually a folk band that had played at the 10 Thousand Lakes Festival, and I guess looking back, they were a pretty kooky bunch of dudes.

They started talking about the prediction that Planet X was going to run into planet earth in 2012, and that was going to be the end. The only flaw to the whole theory is there is no proof of Planet X even existing, and it's pretty close to 2012, but hearing this four years ago freaked the 12-year-old version of myself out pretty bad.

I got home and started looking the whole thing up on the Internet, and the first thing that came up was this stupid website created by the people producing the movie 2012. I was young enough where I took everything this website said to heart, and I spent the whole summer freaking out over if the world was going to end in five years or not.

I also spent half of that time on the Internet looking up all the different theories on how the world was suppose to end. The first theory I read about was an intergalactic equinox, which is when the sun, the solar system and the Milky Way are all lined up exactly (or something like that). I'm not quite sure why that's supposed to make the world end, but it is somehow.

The second theory I read about was the Mayan prediction (basically the Mayan calendar stops after Dec. 21, 2012), but when our calendar ends, it just starts over, so I always kind of looked at it the same way.

The third theory I remember is that of extreme solar flares. Supposedly, the sun is supposed to send out more extreme solar flares than usual, causing technology to somehow fail, thus causing cell phones, vehicles, airplanes (basically anything technological, or run by computers to crash), and possibly even destroying our ozone layer.

There was like 10 different ways the world is supposed to end on that day, and looking back now they're all pretty stupid, but I guess you never know, the world's bound to end someday and I guess any of those ridiculous theories are just as likely as anything else. I guess we'll see what happens come 12-21-12, but personally I don't think anything will happen at all.

Jonah Bowe is a junior at Detroit Lakes High School.

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