Nathan (vovat) wrote,

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The Mayan Countdown

The latest Bullshit! episode was about people thinking the world would end in 2012, based on the Mayan calendar. I've already covered this topic, but the show was still entertaining. There was one guy on there who insisted that, based on information he'd received during a UFO abduction, a brown dwarf star was going to collide with the Earth in December 2012, and for some reason he called the star "Planet X." Why call something a planet when you don't even think it IS one? Honestly, it kind of surprises me how many people buy into the 21 December 2012 date. For instance, TV preacher Jack Van Impe has recently latched onto it as the ending date for the world, despite the fact that the Mayans have nothing to do with the Bible. I guess that, since 2000 didn't pan out, the doomsayers have to go with SOME new date that's not too far away, and this was the best they could do. One thing that Penn and Teller didn't address was what would actually happen on the winter solstice in 2012, which some people think has something to do with a conjunction between the Sun, the Milky Way, and the plane of the ecliptic. I'm not sure if that idea has been verified by actual science, however, which could be why it wasn't mentioned on the show.

bethje and I also watched Unbreakable recently, and it was probably my favorite of the M. Night Shyamalan movies that I've seen. Okay, that's actually only a total of three films, but Beth tells me that The Village has much the same problem as the others, i.e., being really slow-moving. It seems like Shyamalan can come up with some decent ideas, but not enough to fill a full-length movie, so he pads them out ridiculously. The thing is, I actually found Unbreakable pretty interesting until close to the end, when it started to get unnecessarily slow. And how many times does Shyamalan have to use water as a weakness? Didn't he pretty much steal that from The Wizard of Oz anyway?
Tags: movies, mythology, religion, television

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