Mayan doomsday 2012
According to the ancient Mayan civilisation, December 21, 2012, represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan long count calendar that begins in the year 3114 BC. It is the completion of 5,200 years counted in 13 baak t’uunes, a unit of time. One baak t’uune is equivalent to 144,000 days, or roughly 400 years. Doomsday believers expect a cataclysmic event to occur that day and end the world.
'Long Hair' tops list of Hongkongers' doomsday saviours
Most Hongkongers don’t believe the world is going to end next week but if it does, Leung Kwok-hung is high on their list of saviours to rescue them from perdition.
And if the long-haired radical lawmaker didn’t want the job they’d also be happy with cycling champion Wong Kam-po, City Telecom founder Ricky Wong Wai-kay – and cartoon characters McDull and Doraemon.
These tongue-in-cheek choices emerged from a survey of 1,115 people by Sony Computer Home Entertainment and online portal HK Golden in which just 15 per cent said they believed predictions of Doomsday on December 21.
The survey was conducted between December 7 and 9 this year.
The doomsday claim is linked to an interpretation of the end of a five-millennia cycle in the ancient Mayan calendar that began in 3,114BC. Sceptics, many jaded by a recent spate of “end of the world” predictions, say it merely signifies the end of an era and the start of another.
Sixty-nine per cent of respondents said they do not think it would be the apocalypse, and 66 per cent said they are not afraid.
But if the world is indeed headed for destruction, most respondents said they would want to spend their last day on Earth with family. Many also chose to watch the sunset with a lover on the seafront.
The top three groups of people that respondents would most want to avoid on their last day on earth are enemies, aliens and their boss.
Respondents were also asked what they would like to do if they knew now that the world would end as predicted.
The favourite options included travelling around the globe, quitting their job, spending all their savings and playing video games.
The respondents were made up of 84 per cent males aged mostly 14 to 29.