How close are we to doomsday – the destruction of the planet and the end of life as we know it? The Doomsday Clock is a symbolic way to answer this question. In 1947, a group of scientists who had worked on the world’s first atomic bomb started tracking how close the world is to doomsday. They marked the end of the world at midnight on their metaphorical Doomsday Clock. The clock is adjusted yearly according to political instability and environmental dangers that threaten the safety of the world.
Believe it or not, some people think that the end of the world will happen on December 21st, 2012. Where does this belief come from? Well, its origin is the ancient Mayan calendar, which regards the 21st of December as the end date of a 5,125-year-long-cycle. That’s a fact. But what does it really mean? And what will really happen on that date? Well, that has been the subject of many different interpretations.