Mayan apocalypse fears have taken hold in at least 10 percent of the global population, if statistics in a new Reuters survey are accurate. A total of 16,000 were asked if they thought the doomsday would arrive and the world as we know it would end on December 21.
Preppers are not simply an American phenomenon. People in Russia are reportedly hoarding matches, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Folks in China are snatching up all the candles they can find. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, approximately 100 Chinese citizens have been rounded up and arrested for spreading Mayan apocalypse rumors.
A statement on the NASA Why The World Won’t End website attempts to reassure the 10 percent worried about a Mayan apocalypse that they will indeed wake up to the same old world on December 22:
“Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then, just as your calendar begins again on January 1, another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.”
Stereotyping preppers is as idiotic and making blanket generalization about any other group, race, or culture. Sure, there are some nutballs in every crowd, but some people simply feel more secure if they know that their loved ones will have food and medicine in case any type of disaster should occur. Health departments often warn citizens to stockpile necessary items to use if (or when, according to some) a pandemic should occur.
Natural disasters typically bring out both the best and worst of human nature. Ample food, medication, blankets, and weapons to protect against looters came in very handy for those tragically impacted by Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. Could solar flares be strong enough to knock out power for a significant amount of time? Some experts say yes and caution against letting the cupboards get empty and flashlight batteries go unchecked.