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What will the "History" Channel talk about when the World doesn't end on Dec. 21, 2012?

Asked by ETpro (34247 points ) December 20th, 2012

The so-called “History” Channel, which once actually covered factual events, but recently has been relentless in its coverage of misinformation about the Mayan “prophecies”, has staked its reputation, such as it is, on the world ending tomorrow. This has led to some interesting, and often tongue-in-cheek end of the world sex parties. But when the world is still here on 12/22/2012, what new doomsday event will the “History” Channel use to replace its Mayan Prophecy brouhaha? And if we can believe the real experts?, the world stands no more chance of ending tomorrow than any other given day.

Sure, the “History” Channel has alternatives. In its quest for ratings, it has turned into a venue for Ancient Astronaut theorists. Then there are the New World Order conspiracists sure the Builderbergers and/or Illuminati are sending the UN Army (that doesn’t exist) to enslave us in the FEMA prison camps (that do not exist). But leaving the fertile ground of Mayan Doomsayers behind will leave quite a hole in the network’s programming. Could it be that what Nostradamus and the Mayan astrologers actually foresaw was the end of the “History” Channel?

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rojo's avatar

They will hunt for the next end-of-the-world date.

Anyone done any research as to when this date is and why?

Coloma's avatar

Unless they have managed to tweak their technology to transcend time and space, well…no more broadcasting, it’s a wrap. Otherwise, their next documentary might be ” Global debt eradicated, new currency stardust.”

elbanditoroso's avatar

They will go back to programs like “ancient aliens” and “is the bible true?”. They seem to have hundreds of those that they play over and over again.

bookish1's avatar

Probably the same thing they’ve been talking about for the past 10 years.
Ice Truckers.
That channel is embarrassing.

glacial's avatar

A visit to their website informs me that “A Storm is Coming – 3.3.13”

So, they’re not married to the 12/22/12 deadline. That, or they’re just big fans of Game of Thrones.

Coloma's avatar

^^^ Haha..well I guess that refund I am waiting on for defective merchandise will get credited to that account in the sky.

burntbonez's avatar

Does it matter? The history channel will talk about whatever they think they can hype up and get viewers with. It should be called the fantasy channel, but calling it history gives it an aura of respect which may bring in more viewers.

Shippy's avatar

Well it’s tomorrow somewhere by now isn’t it?

Coloma's avatar

Oh oh…did you all just feel that rumble from down under? lol

Aster's avatar

They’ll have to scrap all those long, scary shows. They will be obsolete. Next, they’ll find another end of world date saying the Mayans, were misunderstood.
I am actually hoping for a lot of new UFO shows.
@Shippy it is The Date now in Tahiti .

rojo's avatar

Have some friends who just went to Australia (Al La “On The Beach”) just to be on the safe side.

ucme's avatar

Mickey Rooney’s parents & their relationship with haysoos the nazarine.

PhiNotPi's avatar

There used to be a time when I loved the History channel and its informative shows about history. Now is not that time.

Shippy's avatar

@Coloma Can only be wind!!

burntbonez's avatar

Actually, my calendar runs between a week and a month fast, so I already am past the end of the world. It was exciting, but next time they should serve better food.

Symbeline's avatar

Maybe they’ll start talking about how the Rothschild Family has been putting plutonium in our food since 1931. if they haven’t covered this already

mazingerz88's avatar

The History Channel would be better off producing a documentary about me. The end maybe near and I’m battling a flu. Each morsel I put in my mouth taste like shit and just saw that Moonrise Kingdom movie in Blu-Ray and that too was shit. My relationship is in the dumps and I had to buy my own shitty Nyquil pills from the store and walk there shaking and burning with fever. Shitty at the least. Thank heavens there is Fluther. One could rant and have a few guaranteed poor souls reading the said pitiful rant. And that ain’t shitty at all.

Oh, my phone just sounded an alert. An email about this bus company offering discounted rates for a roundtrip ticket to NY. Maybe I should take the offer. Spread the misery, spread the flu. Maybe not. Do need a ride to the grocery though. Running out of bottled water.

Symbeline's avatar

@mazingerz88 I know it’s a state of misery from which you post but…that was fucking awesome. I especially enjoy the idea of spreading it all over the place. get better! :)

JenniferP's avatar

I remember that people thought the end might come in 2,000 and there was all of that Y2K talk. “No one knows the day or hour” as the Bible says.

PhiNotPi's avatar

@JenniferP That’s actually pretty ironic, since a lot of predictions have been made (using the bible) which predict both the day and the hour.

JenniferP's avatar

Some people make inaccurate predictions because they want people’s money, like Harold Camping. Others have been well meaning but made errors and have learned from their mistakes. The Bible itself can’t be faulted for mere people’s mistakes.

The Mayan Calendar is not relevant. Their religion has died out.

mazingerz88's avatar

The Bible is a product of people. You can argue otherwise but just like me, that is your choice.

wundayatta's avatar

Perhaps they will talk about history.
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Nawwwwwww!

woodcutter's avatar

Maybe they will run MTV reruns from the 80’s, back when there was music.

ETpro's avatar

@rojo End of the world dates are more plentiful that Carter’s Little Liver Pills. (Do they still make more of those?)

@Coloma Well there’s one way to avoid the fiscal cliff. After Boehner met his Waterloo tonight, it’s probably the only remaining way.

@elbanditoroso Yes, and an audience that is completely unaware they are watching reruns.

@bookish1 Sensing embarrassment requires at least a modicum of intelligence—as your later post of this image so aptly indicates.

@glacial I think that in the ratings scramble, they are probably big fans of anything they think enough warm bodies are fans of.

@burntbonez Calling it “history” appeals to the pseudo-historians and pseudo-scientists that claim that all harebrained ideas are “theories” and thus have equal weight with gravity and relativity.

@Shippy Now that’s an excellent point. In fact, it is 12.21.2012 here right now, and I’m still here on Fluther.

@Aster My prophecy. Your wish for a lot of UFO shows will be fulfilled. :-)

@rojo Is Australia STILL not part of the world?

@ucme Birds of a color.

@PhiNotPi Me too. Such a loss. But they had to compete with the intelligence level of Faux Noise.

@burntbonez I’m totally on board with better food next time. Microwaved leftovers isn’t my idea of a reasonable last meal. Condemned murders get better than that.

@Symbeline Is that why I no longer need a radium dial on my watch?

@mazingerz88 Careful what you wish for. You probably don’t want your claim to fame to be a docudrama on you suffering with the flu. Get well quick.

@JenniferP & @PhiNotPi It is ironic seeing people base doomsday prophecies on a document that clearly states that no one knows the time or hour. Maybe they believe every word in the book except that.

@wundayatta Every now and then, when they have run out of inanity, they dip into the archives and actually do run a true historical program. But to hope that becomes more frequent is to dream the impossible dream.

@woodcutter Now that’s some true history I could get behind.

JenniferP's avatar

@ETpro We don’t know the “day or hour” but we are given signs to know we are in the “season.” Matt. 24:1–14; Rev. 11:18; 2 Tim. 3:1–5.

ETpro's avatar

@JenniferP Perhaps. But interestingly, all the disciples who believed we were “in the season” in the first century. Their notes and letters confirm that. Church leaders have believed we were “in the season” from the Early Apostolic Fathers of the late 1st century right through the Council of Trent in 393 AD and from studying church history, it’s apparent that one after another wave of church elders and leaders from then till today were convinced we were “in the season” as well. Given that, someone at this late date proclaims we are “in the season” why should I regard them as better informed than the original apostles?

bookish1's avatar

@ETpro : Wait, which council are you talking about in 393? Trent was part of the Counter-Reformation…

ETpro's avatar

@bookish1 I never should just work form memory. I meant the first council to basically set forth the Canon of Trent, the Synod of Hippo Regius in 393. The canon adopted there was much later accepted by the Council of Trent in 1545 through 1563. I should always check my work before posting. Sorry.

JenniferP's avatar

@ETpro Those were the “last days” back then. But we are having a “greater fulfillment” of that now. In the last 100 years we have had two world wars and many others. Never before has man had the ability to annihilate himself. And never before has man caused the environmental damage that he has now. I think our time is unique.

bookish1's avatar

@ETpro: Gotcha, thanks! I’m a history student and I make mistakes all the time, or have to tell my students I’ll look something up and get back to them :-p

I was just thinking, maybe the History Channel [sic] will talk about the Kali Yuga ending next.

wundayatta's avatar

They will discuss my death. Ad nauseum. Until I could not be any deader. Then they will discuss it some more.

Welcome to the beginning of my death. A very, very dead sort of death.

JenniferP's avatar

@wundayatta Don’t die. We would all be very sad if that happened.

wundayatta's avatar

Too late. I have been dead since the beginning of the day in Australia. Possibly even before that. But there is no reason to be sad. I assure you that you won’t notice any difference. Except possibly the smell, but you’d have to be awfully close to notice that.

I fully expect that death will give me time to do all the fluthering I want! I know people’s hearts are all going flippity flop upon hearing that, but don’t worry. I shall be twice as reasonable in death as I was in life.

Ah whimsy were the borogroves and the mumraths outgrabe!

JenniferP's avatar

@wundayatta If you died because it is the end, then everyone else will die also. So no one will be able to discuss you on the History channel anyway.

wundayatta's avatar

Naw. Death is not such a big deal. It’s a lot like life. You could be dead too, and not even know it.

bookish1's avatar

@wundayatta: all mimsy, and mome raths ;) I’ve had that poem memorized since I was about 6.

ETpro's avatar

@JenniferP I’ll grant you that man now having nuclear arms does contribute substantially to the likelihood that destruction will be visited on us any day now.

rojo's avatar

@ETpro ”...Not with a bang but a whimper.”

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