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Ready for another crazy Armageddon theory?

Asked by Seek (34714points) December 6th, 2012

Who doesn’t love a little Gangnam Style ?

Well, Nostradamus (remember him?) had a few things to say about the end of the world. Well, put your favourite internet fads together and what do you get?

“From the calm morning, the end will come when of the dancing horse the number of circles will be nine. – Nostradamus, 1503”

from this site

Seems harmless enough, right? Wrong. First off, Korea means “calm morning” country in English.

Combine that with the fact that PSY’s “Gangnam Style” went viral thanks to his horseback-inspired dance moves and it becomes clear that this prophecy is describing the KPop sensation.

So what about these nine circles? Well, if you recall, “Gangnam Style”... currently has over 870 millions views. The number 1 billion has nine zeros (circles) in it, and it’s not too crazy to think that “Gangnam Style” could get a billion hits by December 21, 2012.

Does our favourite song describing a woman as a hot cup of coffee mean the end of us all? Your thoughts?

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livelaughlove21's avatar

Considering the Mayan thing has been debunked countless times, it doesn’t make much sense that December 21 is the day Nostradamus was referring to. And the zeroes thing is a stretch to say the least.

My prediction is that we’ll all wake up on December 22, and certain people are going to feel really stupid…just like when all the other end-of-the-world prophecies failed.

What time is this supposedly going to happen and in what time zone?

JLeslie's avatar

I hadn’t heard this one yet. Very creative. Even if the billion does not happen until days later that would still mean it could possibly be Armegeddon. The Mayan theory might be totally benign and Notsradamus could be right.

Seek's avatar

@livelaughlove21 You’re clearly taking this question way too seriously. I’m calling this a reason to party! One song added to the Armageddon Party Playlist.

DrBill's avatar

I think this theory is just as credible as all the other ‘end of the world’ predictions made the last several thousand years.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr…not so much. No seriousness here. But there are people who believe this stuff, hence my answer.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I think if Gangnam Style gets a billion hits the world should end.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

Laughs. Oh god that’s horrid.

JenniferP's avatar

Nostradamus couldn’t even get the name right when he supposedly predicted Hitler would come on the scene in the 20th century. He called him Hister. He shot so many arrows some were bound to (sort of) come true. In contrast the Bible’s predictions ALWAYS come true.

Seek's avatar

@JenniferP Mostly because the predictions are written after the event has occurred.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@JenniferP You think I’m touching anything religion related?

burntbonez's avatar

Gangnam style is a brilliant spoof of decadent Korean society. It is not the song that would cause the end of the world, but Gangnam District, itself. Think Soho meets the Tenderloin meets William Gibson.

But the world will end only for those living in Seoul at the time. Us Seoul-less people have no reason to worry.

Seek's avatar

Yawn? That’s it?

Aww… Does no one else love this stupid song as much as me?

wundayatta's avatar

I do, @Seek_Kolinahr! I really do! Have you seen the concert version? I got chills just watching it on my computer screen. If it has that kind of power through the computer, imagine what it would be like in real life? I’m pretty sure anyone who disses it hasn’t seen it, and if they have seen it and don’t like it, like my father, they are pretty much classical music only fans. They simply don’t get popular culture at all. Which might make an interesting question.

Seek's avatar

I’m so upset – Psy is going to be at our local mall on Saturday, performing a free show. I’ll be in recovery from surgery. Boo!

janbb's avatar

I’ll be in the air on December 21st – wonder what I’ll be landing to on the 22nd. :-)

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@janbb Watch out for the langoliers.

glacial's avatar

I love everything about this theory!!

BhacSsylan's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Great, thanks. I’m also going to be flying on the 21st and landing on the 22nd, and that’s going to in the back of my head the whole time now >.<.

Granted, it was a great mini-series. I should read the book sometime.

hearkat's avatar

HaHaHa! This is a good one!

It only just occurred to me last night that the 21st is a Friday, so I’m guessing there will be a lot of partying that night. I’ll be staying home with my sweetie. If the world ends, I’ll be exactly where I want to be.

JenniferP's avatar

For the people who think the Bible predictions were written after the fact, that is the explanation given from people who don’t want to admit they occurred. They invent this reasoning to explain it away. That is all I will stay on the subject. I have been involved in too many debates recently.

glacial's avatar

Oh @JenniferP, that is just an explanation given from people who don’t want to admit they didn’t occur! See how that isn’t actually an argument?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@BhacSsylan Just sleep through the flight. It’ll be fine.

BhacSsylan's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Heh, i was mostly joking, I am quite the seasoned flier and it won’t actually bug me. Though I probably will still be thinking about it, because the miniseries was quite good (in my opinion, at least. Rotten Tomatoes seems to disagree).

I’ll mostly be sad that I’m missing the various ‘end of the world’ parties going on.

… and I just realized that was a reference to the story. Huh, it’s been a bit too long.

And ah, yes, bible prophesy. So that’s why Jesus predicted the end of the world to occur within the lives of the first disciples in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.

WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

Hahaha, that’s great! I think I’ll go contribute to his Youtube hits.

Aethelwine's avatar

I’m sure my daughter is responsible for at least 1,000 hits on that video. I’m not kidding. Well, maybe exaggerating, but it sure feels like I’ve heard it 1,000 times. ;)

Seek's avatar

Only 101.35 million to go!

ucme's avatar

Arm a geddon tired of both that fucking song & the end of the world-ists :¬)

Only138's avatar

I wonder if the Grim Reaper will do the Gangnam Style dance as he’s coming to fuck us up?? LOL

filmfann's avatar

i just threw up in my mouth a little.

filmfann's avatar

I studied the Nostradamus predictions many years ago, and I don’t remember this one.
It is telling that there is no quatrain associated with this. Sounds like a fake to me.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Yeah, from a quick search it looks like this was probably not true, no one’s been able to actually source it to Nostradamus. Pretty hilarious all the same, though.

El_Cadejo's avatar

So I was just thinking, I think this whole world is going to end thing is total BS but if I’m wrong, at least no one can say “Told ya so!” :P

augustlan's avatar

You have to admit, it would be kind of hilarious if Gangnam Style was responsible for Armageddon.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I don’t know what I think about this story. Just came across it. But I’m not watching gangnam ever again.

Seek's avatar


That is of course your right and if that’s your choice, that’s your choice.

I’ve listened to anti-war music my entire life, from Crosby Stills Nash and Young to Public Enemy. So a song written in protest to the death of two Korean citizens doesn’t shock me in the least, and doesn’t affect my thoughts toward Psy negatively at all. In fact, it’s really cool to see he can write about absolutely nothing from time to time, and also write something meaningful. I’m certainly not under the impression that South Koreans are thrilled with the fact that there’s been an American military presence in their country for sixty years or more.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Here is the song if anyone was curious.

BhacSsylan's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Actually, reading his apology makes me like him a lot more. He understands the idea of freedom of speech a lot better than many Americans, for starters. Yes, his language was bad and calling for violence against anyone is terrible, but be owned up and apologized in a really gracious way. That’s speaks volumes.

Also, just the fact that he said that his lyrics were “inflammatory and inappropriate language”, as opposed to the ubiquitous and incredibly frustrating “I’m sorry if some people were offended”, is really good.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@BhacSsylan I don’t know enough about him to have an opinion. The video just didn’t do anything for me. I found the music boring.

BhacSsylan's avatar

Okay… I thought you were basing your decision to not watch it again because of his previous music, though, hence the article. If you just don’t like the music then meh, no reason to rewatch it.

glacial's avatar

Only 4.1 million to go! Is everyone doing their part?

Seek's avatar

as of 7:51 AM EST on Doomsday!

Seek's avatar
LIVE countdown! Less than a million to go!

BhacSsylan's avatar

~7 minutes left! This is pretty hilarious.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

I feel like the worm looking out of the bird’s ass. He looks at the bird and says “You wouldn’t shit me would you?”

DrBill's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr The counter is over 1,000,000,000 and we’re still here

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