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Kharon Brown, senior “I’m like superman so I’d just fly out somewhere.”

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Sherrie Easter, junior “[I] want the world to be destroyed by aliens.”

End-time theories abound as Dec. 21 approaches. Students explained how they would spend their final moments if theories about the end of the Mayan calendar are right.

Kiesha Jackson, junior “I would want to be doing something fun when the world ends, like dancing.”

Tanner Theilen, senior “I want to go out eating steak and mashed potatoes.”

George Stockhammer, senior “[I’d like the world to end with] a black hole. It would be really interesting to see everything being warped by gravity.”

Haley Hobbs, sophomore “I want my last meal to be Chipotle.”

Katie Chamberlin, senior “I want the world to end with a giant thunderstorm of food.”

Maddie Kerr, freshman “I would lock myself in a house and board up all the windows and then keep guns and go out for food only when I needed it.”

Cante England, senior “I think the water is going to get contaminated and then everyone is going to drink it and turn into zombies. I’d survive the apocalypse by getting really strong by doing push-ups and then go find a knife and kill zombies.”

Ian Schneck, senior “I think the world will be destroyed by global warming [and] I would survive by getting on a big boat.”

Noah Nunn, senior “I would prefer for it to end with a simple *poof* but in reality, people’s obsession with domesticated animals will spiral out of control which will cause them to be enslaved by the pets. Then the pets will try to annihilate each other and we’ll all be nuked by the end. You think I’m kidding, but I’m not.”

Adam Edmonds, senior “Ideally I think we’d just be hanging out in my basement, playing Assassin’s Creed 3.”

Nathan Koehn, freshman “I would survive by building a shelter underground.”

INTERVIEWS BY ISAIAH BELL AND CANDACE BARNES GRAPHICS BY ZACHARY SPEARS, GRACIE RINKE AND NATHANIEL REYNOLDS

End of the World theories 1997 - 2007 — Thomas Chase predicted a number of events, including the Antichrist appearing sometime in 1999 or 2000, nuclear crisis in Russia, and nuclear war in 2007.

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January 1, 2000 - Y2K theory — Some people believed that computer programs would think that the year 2000 was really 1900 and everything that relied on a date would fail.

September 6, 2000 — Daniel Adam Millar believed that the Antichrist would appear, proclaim himself God, and Armageddon would begin.

January 20, 2001 — Lyn Mize believed the Rapture would occur and John F. Kennedy would be revealed as the Antichrist (even though he was dead).

April 14, 2002 — Mike Keller believed Jesus would appear for his saints and nuclear war would begin 45 days later.

2005 - 2050 — Matt Savinar theorized that 90 percent of the world’s population would die in a war over oil, food shortages, and disease.

August 22, 2006 — Bernard Lewis believed that World War III would begin when Iran invaded Israel because Israel would respond with nuclear weapons.

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July 2010 — Igor Panarin predicted that the U.S. government would collapse because the 48 mainland states would split up into four separate countries. Alaska would join Russia and Hawaii would join Japan or China.

May 21, 2011 — Harold Camping and many others believed the Rapture and Judgement Day would happen on this day. When it didn’t, they changed their theory to October 21.

May 27, 2012 — Ronald Weinland theorized that the U.S. would collapse, World War III would begin, and the world would be destroyed three and a half years later.

Dec. 21, 2012 — Mayan Doomsday. The Mayan’s never believed in the end of the world, their calendar only predicted the end of this Cycle and the beginning of another in the form of changes on the Earth (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, etc.). This would then be followed by the creation of a new humanity.

Sources: www.msnbc.msn.com and transmitters_revenge.tripod.com/

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End of the world graphic for LHS student newspaper, The Budget.

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