Thursday, February 20, 2014

You Mayan Be A Viking....

If you think the end of the world takes place this Sunday, February 22.

The Detroit Free Press Headline: Viking calendar predicts the world will end Saturday

Actually, it doesn't really, nor is it a calendar. They're conflating the Mayan calendar with the misreading of a Viking legend about the end of the world.

The ragnar will be röking on Saturday when, according to some, the Viking calendar predicts the end of the world.

Nordic folklore has it that after three freezing winters, when there have been no summers in between, the world will come to an end.

Notice how it's Nordic Folklore and not a calendar! Ah well, the Freep never let a few facts get in the way of a headline or false cross-cultural comparison before.

The past two summers have been cold and wet, so declaring that Ragnarök (otherwise known as the Twilight of the Gods) is upon us is a subjective call.

No kidding it's subjective there sportsfans, that's not three freezing winters with no summer in between. That's a few mild-ish winters with low average summers, so no it don't count.

Arguably, this is the first freezing winter as its markedly colder than previous, thanks to that other great cross-cultural mythos, Global Warming.

So, I can happily confidentially predict that the world will not end Sunday due to a Viking Doomsday Calendar, as there's no such thing.

You may keep on ragnorockin' in the free world as usual, and normal pillaging will resume on Monday as scheduled.

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