"Doomsday" approaches on December 21, 2012, but true believers may be surprised to find out that the concept was started in the 1970s by a "drugged-out" hippy guru named José Argüelles.
At least, that's the theory proposed in an article on Gather.com, published on Monday, December 10.
The article quotes Andrew Wilson, Assistant Head of Social Studies at the University of Derby in England as saying, "A hippy guru called Jose Arguelles associated the date with the Mayan calendar in a book called The Mayan Factor in 1987. But it's an obsolete form of the calendar, which had not been used since the year 1100AD."
A check of Wikipedia shows this controversy has been ongoing since the book's publication. Critics question Argüelles' sources and conclusions. So why has the theory taken hold and caused so much panic as the fateful date looms?
Possibly, it's because an impending apocalypse is really good for business.
Some wealthy people are hedging their bets and doomsday shelter manufacturers are more than happy to comply.
Won't they be surprised when December 22, 2012 dawns bright and clear, only to find the whole end-of-the-world scare was started by some guy on 'shrooms?
What do you think? Are you prepping for doomsday, just in case?
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