November 13 is the showing date of the movie 2012 here in the Philippines. I don't know if everyone's excited because I myself is not looking forward to watch this film in the theater. I think this movie is just based from History Channel's "Decoding the Past: Doomsday 2012" which is a documentary type film. The most creepy part of the documentary is the prediction of the Mayan people (native and ancient people of Central America) wherein they made a calendar that predicts many things and scenarios in the future. This calendar does not only predicts phenomenon but also planetary alignments and lunar activity like solar and lunar eclipses. The calendar mysteriously ends on December 21, 2012. Many westerners including the creator of this film, 2012, believes that there will be a major shift or change that will happen to the world.
Before you believe this film and the predictions that will be shown in the movie, take a look on the previous failed end of the world predictions.
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1806: Prophet Hen of Leeds - Someone said that in the town of Leeds (now a city of United Kingdom), there is a hen laying an egg 0n which the words "Christ is Coming" is printed or written. A curious local watched the hen and the eggs and found out that the phenomenon is just a big hoax.
1910: Halley's Comet - An astronomer discovered that the tail of the Haley's comet contains a deadly toxic gas cyanogen or simply cyanide. The panic started when it was discovered that the tail of the comet will pass through earth. Nothing happens as the comet passes by through the skies of the earth.
1997: Heaven's Gate - When comet Hale-Bopp appeared in the skies of the Earth (probably the only comet I've seen so far), a cult named Heaven's Gate speculated that a UFO is following in its tail and NASA is responsible for the cover-up. Astronomers or even people with telescopes can prove that this speculation is not true. Their little world ends as they committed suicide (all of them) on March 26, 1997.
These three failed doomsday predictions are just a condensed form of the article "10 Failed Doomsday Predictions" from Live Science.