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Desc:A nightmare vision of the end of the world, circa 1996. Gets good around 4:00.
Category:Classic TV Clips, Accidents & Explosions
Tags:reenactment, 2012, mayan apocalypse
Submitted:Fur is Murder
Date:01/01/12
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Comment count is 29
Bort
I love that Christmas tree shaking it like a feisty young Ann Margaret.

Thanks for finding this, I've wanted to see this again for years.
Fur is Murder
For the longest time I wondered if I had somehow just imagined this entire show.

fedex
MUST...FINISH...ANNUAL...REPORT!!

EvilHomer
It starts off like any other End of the World program, but boy am I glad I stayed till the end.
Caminante Nocturno
The ancient Mayan calendar predicts the plot to Maximum Overdrive.

I remember seeing this on TV when it aired. You don't forget something like this.
il fiore bel
LMAO, who the fuck aired this

I can dig the whole "mother nature turning on us" theory since she does that occasionally anyway, but if you hear animals talking to you, it's because you're on drugs.
cognitivedissonance
We laugh now, but come 2013, we'll count the survivors of the Uprising Of The Waffle Irons on seven fingers. A new race will arise, a race that knows, and rightly fears, the sweet, delicious doom that damned the haughty race of men who came before. Mankind will rise again, and the towers shall be rebuilt, but the syrup will not flow.

No, the syrup will not flow ever again.
kingarthur
When I saw this in passing as a kid I always wondered how the waffle iron managed to attach itself to the girl's face.

chairsforcheap
in 2012 machine faxes you
Rudy
Now YOU are the one being processed!

Cena_mark
If they were such great prophets why didn't they see the Spanish coming?
TheQuakeSoldier
Their calendar was off by about 400 years. Turning into Mexicans and Guatemalans is armaggeddon enough for me.

Caminante Nocturno
It's really hard to see anyone coming when there's a toy horse latched onto your face and the turkey won't stop lecturing you.

EvilHomer
The Mayan social elites knew, but the liberal Mayan media purposefully kept the Mayan people in the dark about the coming Spanish conquest until it was too late to preserve their freedoms and their way of life.

Cena_mark
Guess that kid was the worlds first brony.

Cena_mark
They really were great prophets. Horses didn't exist in the Americas until the Spanish brought them. That kid predicted the coming of horses.

cognitivedissonance
If they were such great prophets how come they couldn't see we don't use fax machines anymore.

Bort
So they saw the coming of the horses brought by the Spanish, but not the Spanish themselves? That's some selectively shitty precognition.

(Five phantom stars for noticing the horse issue, though. Excellent call!)

Oscar Wildcat
Five stars at the five minute mark for the Assange family doomsday.

Also, my cat lectures and attacks me just about every morning. I mock your weak end-of-world responses.
Bort
A man, a plan, an airing of grievances, feats of strength ... Festivus!
Binro the Heretic
7:20

Was that parakeet a suicide bomber?
Riskbreaker
We are going to see lots of videos about the end of the world this year for sure. This will be a good year for the crazy videos. Let's see just how crazy they can get.
Chalkdust
ah yes, the little-known companion volume to Maya Angelou's autobiography... "I Know Why the Caged Bird Lectures Me (It's Because of Mayans)"


MAYAN ANGELOU?

Bort
Phantom stars for the both of you. Goddamn I love this place sometimes.

StanleyPain
This is amazing.

It's also very frustrating that little has changed at all in the new agey bullshit community since 1996.

This is probably preaching to the choir, but: (TL;DR time)
No reputable archaeologists or anthropologists actually believe any of this crap nor were they the ones responsible for it getting out. The Mayans did not "predict" anything with their calendars, other than astrological events and some of their own sacred days and community activities. There's no dispute that their knowledge of the stars was incredible, but our knowledge of the precise details of their religious beliefs and culture is not exactly 100%. What is known, is that their Long Count calendar system was incredible and encompassed a vast period of time...so vast it actually outdates the current age of the Earth and probably over-estimates how much time the universe will exist (which is pretty mindblowing for the era in which these theories were developed). The Long Count cycles every so often; in the same way we believe that every 1000 years is a "millennium", the Mayans believed that every few million years or whatever was an "Age." Dec. 2012 represents the end of the current "Age."
That's it. All there is to it. No predictions of doom or alien invasions or psychic phenomena. It's just the end of that cycle of the calendar. The idea that Dec. 2012 (originally postulated as Dec. 2011) is the end of the world comes from offhanded observations by people researching the Mayans who assumed that the Mayans meant that the ends of cycles meant great cataclysms and such. But this was just an offhanded guess and it was made BEFORE any significant progress was made on understanding their glyphs and comprehending more of their language. Even if the Mayans had specifically said "the world is going to end", it would be one of thousands of bizarre prophecies made around the world about the universe ending that, more or less, haven't come true.
As usual for mystical bullshit, scientific progress is being used as "proof" about the 2012 theories because, as it turns out, 2012 may be an important year for things like solar activity and possible earthquakes. This of course "proves" the 2012ers are right.
THA SUGAH RAIN
I've had it up to here with animals lecturing me. Put on some pants and learn to chew with your mouth closed, then we can maybe have a discussion about pertinent issues.
Bort
More phantom stars!

hammsangwich
Using 72pt font on a 14" monitor is not very efficient.
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