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As we’ve mentioned previously, the year 2012 is rapidly approaching — and with it, the chance that we’re all going to explode.

Actually, that’s only one of the scenarios. According to the Mayan calendar, 2012 is the moment when the world will re-boot. Some speculate that we’ll shift in thinking and enlightenment, while others have prophesied that the universe will send us an ultimate smack-down. (ie, world-wide volcanic eruptions, asteroid hit, Sarah Palin as President, etc.)

Anyways, hoping to cash in on these theories, Hollywood is getting ready to launch the disaster flick 2012 this summer. The film stars John Cusack, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Danny Glover, and Amanda Peet. (>>View the trailer here.) As is becoming routine these days, the build-up to the film also includes some well-produced “viral” websites that provide information on everything happening as if it were really happening. There’s the IHC (Institute for Human Continuity), whose mission is to ensure the survival of the human race beyond 2012, a website for John Cusack’s character’s book Farewell Atlantis, and a blog from a crazy guy (played by Woody Harrelson) called “This Is The End“.

For a taste of Harrelson’s character, named Charlie Frost, check out the video below:

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  • Whoever…

    World-wide volcanic eruptions, asteroid hit or other natural catastrophes I can handle but sarah palin as President? NOOOOO!!!!!!!!

    Please god, allah, buddha, divinity… not sarah palin, pleaseeee, pretty pleaseeeeee!!!!!!!!!! NOOOO!!!!

    ;)

  • http://foresight-of-hindsight.blogspot.com Peter

    “According to the Mayan calendar, 2012 is the moment when the world will re-boot.”

    Actually, the Mayan calendar doesn’t predict anything. It is irresponsible people who are making the predictions, and making money from it. The Mayan elders in Guatemala are very upset because their history is being used incorrectly. There isn’t any evidence that anything bad will happen on Dec 21, 2012. It is all an Internet hoax.

  • http://www.vegspinz.blogspot.com DJ Karma (VegSpinz)

    Let’s party like it’s 1999… I mean, 2012! Haha!

  • David

    Thank you Peter….as a Maya non elder this type of irresponsible hyperbole is absolutely mind boggling. Except for the fact that it’s always apparently profitable. The Maya calendar is exactly that a calendar, and though there is quite a bit more to it in regards Maya spiritual belief, no where in the last 2 thousand some odd years does it say the world will end. In fact on the few monuments the date is mentioned quite the opposite is stated, listing dates far far in to our collective future. Quit using our culture to frighten the public, Wall Street and Government are more than adequate.

  • http://www.remyc.com RemyC

    I think the TMZ vid from last week of Woody beating up on a paparazzi to be the real sign of the apocalypse.

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  • http://hubpages.com/hub/surviving2012andplanetx Surviving 2012 and Planet X

    This isn’t a joke people! 2012 is real, read about it here: http://hubpages.com/hub/2012survivalguide