The End of The World (Sydney Salter)

Just eleven more days until the end of the world.

I've been discussing that one particular Mayan calendar which ominously ends on December 21, 2012 since my book Jungle Crossing came out three years ago. I've had agonizingly awkward conversations with adults who probably should know better than to believe what they read online, and don't seem convinced by what I've studied in dozens of books by respected archeologists and historians. Inevitably every school visit Q&A session includes the End Of The World Question.

I can't wait for December 22, 2012.

The sun will rise as another conspiracy theory falls. And I will celebrate my birthday with German Chocolate Cake. Yup, in addition to the Mayan calendar hysteria (people in Russia are doing what?), I'm enduring a lot of "guess I don't need to buy you a present" jokes. It's bad enough to have a too-close to Christmas birthday, but a day after the End of The World birthday? Give me a break!

Here's my favorite response to the End of The World question:

But if I get caught speeding during the next ten days, I'm totally using the End of the World excuse--gotta practice driving like John Cusak in the movie 2012!

Wishing everyone a happy December 22nd and wonderful 2013!


  1. Seeya on the 22nd, Sydney!
    Maybe we'll boast to our grandchildren how we lived through the end of the world, eh?

  2. Love that toon!

    By the way, the calendar on my wall right now only goes up to December 31. *cue ominous music*

  3. You're right that there doesn't seem to be a cure for this kind of thing except to live past the designated day. I remember living in Memphis a billion years ago when some wacko guy predicted there would be an earthquake on a certain day. Something to do with the moon. Needless to say--no earthquake.

  4. Happy Pre-Birthday (just in case)!!!

  5. I was on the town square for the big Y2K New Year. Just before the big countdown, a group was distributing small flyers telling us how the world was coming to an end on midnight. I thought it was so funny, I kept the flyer!

  6. Early happy birthday!!! This is been a topic of conversation at our house. I agree with Gary Trudeau. Remember the Harmonic Convergence. That was a total bust!


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