A bit of levity seems to help come to grips with man made or Mother Nature's disasters.
Life does seem to presage the long count Mayan Calendar prediction of an end to this world in 2012, precisely on December 12th at the winter solstice!
Or so the New Agers have us believe!
Of course the end of the world was also predicted for 1999/2000.
And going back in history starting in 45 we find that at least 240 times the End of our World has been predicted ..240 times and counting.
Here is more on it.
And our world is still turning...despite.
On July 2, exactly 445 years ago, the French, astrologer, physician, seer and pharmacist, at times court astrologer and physician to Catherine de Medici at Blois - 16th century Rasputin perhaps - died.
Michel de Nostredame, born 21 December 1503, prophesied many events -
or so his interpreters and followers claim.
He still has his adherents who slavishly believe in all of them.
But one must credit him with either deep thoughts, vivid imagination or - if so desired - ESP!
Of course, with some flexible imagination many of his prophesies and predictions can be stretched to fit any situation usually spurred on by sensationalist media or hoaxers out for a quick buck from the credulous public!