What apocalyptic scenarios await us after 2012?
November 4, 2010 10:02 PM   Subscribe

It seems like throughout my life, people have been worried about various prophesied end-times. After 2012 comes and goes, what end-of-the-world scenario are the popular media going to latch onto next?
posted by BuddhaInABucket to Grab Bag (11 answers total) 17 users marked this as a favorite
The Y2K38 Bug.
posted by niles at 10:13 PM on November 4, 2010 [3 favorites]

Resource shortages -- chiefly peak oil, but also peak water and peak rare earth. These threats involve not just shortages of materials vital to modern civilization, but also the attendant wars and unrest that would accompany the increased competition for them.
posted by Rhaomi at 10:26 PM on November 4, 2010 [3 favorites]

Probably another flu scare, or other crazy epidemic.

I saw people on facebook recently talking about how, if an outbreak of rabies in humans were to happen in perfect storm fashion with a flu epidemic, you could theoretically get "zombies" that behave not unlike the ones in 28 Days Later.
posted by Sara C. at 10:43 PM on November 4, 2010

A Manhattan size meteor hitting the planet when we aren't looking
posted by hortense at 10:58 PM on November 4, 2010

Well, according to Family Radio, the world really ends on May 21, 2011.

So, we don't even have to worry about 2012!

(I'm also keeping their pamphlet so that I can email them on May 12th, and ask them how that Apocalypse went for them.)
posted by spinifex23 at 11:29 PM on November 4, 2010 [2 favorites]

November 13, 2026: the Doomsday Equation, a prediction by physicist Heinz von Foerster that human population growth would become infinite on this date and everyone "will be squeezed to death." (11/13 is also the good doctor's birthday, mazel tov!)

2029 and 2036: Apophis, a large Near Earth Object that reached as high as Level 4 on the Torino Scale. Much was made of it in popular media a few years ago but less was reported about subsequent, more refined calculations that downgraded its level to 0.

September 8, 2040: Alignment, a five planet conjunction event. Past alignments have produced dire pseudoscience predictions of massive floods, earthquakes, volcanoes (no human sacrifice or dogs and cats living together, alas).
posted by jamaro at 12:23 AM on November 5, 2010 [4 favorites]

Climate change.

posted by uncanny hengeman at 2:17 AM on November 5, 2010 [2 favorites]

Oh damn it we had Apophis in everyones outlook at work as a day off. Guess I get to send out that update today
posted by JPD at 5:10 AM on November 5, 2010 [1 favorite]

A good overview over possible apocalypses.
posted by Triton at 6:19 AM on November 5, 2010

A listing of the various apocalypses mankind has anticipated, beginning in 2800 B.C. and ending in 2040.
posted by Fizzgig at 9:43 PM on November 8, 2010

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