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Who you gonna call?

Who you gonna call?

Have you ever wondered how the world would come to an end? Would mankind be wiped off the edge of the planet completely? Would you then find yourself in a dark, deep hole underground, along with a few million other people, hugging each other nervously as everyone braces for an asteroid impact on Earth? Would you be perched precariously on a tree, watching helplessly as red hot molten rock from a volcano laps everything in its path hungrily, leaving only destruction in its wake? Or would there simply be a tremendous explosion that would blow the planet into bits, and we would all be floating bodies in outer space?

Obviously, we have been fed quite a number of those ‘save-the-world-but-one-or-two-will-die’ type of movies from Hollywood, in the likes of Armageddon, The Core, Deep Impact (okay, so everyone died in this one). I would not want to be a harbinger of doom, but the things I have been reading from the media lately proved to be both interesting and alarming.

Apparently, there would be an asteroid heading for Earth in 2014, and the chances of a calamitous collision are ‘just one in 909,000’. It was described that upon impact, it could have the effect of 20 million Hiroshima atomic bombs. However, a few days later, scientists have downgraded the risk of the asteroid collision, and astronomers have said that it was only a false alarm, after new calculations were made – the asteroid would not struck that close to Earth after all. And now, there are some talks that the scientists have postponed the possible impact date to 2069 instead of 2014 as mentioned earlier.

As if that were not enough, supervolcanoes proved to be another threat to look out for. It was said that an eruption is overdue at one of the supervolcanoes in Yellowstone (its regular eruption cycle is 600,000 years), and it was indicated that ‘the sky will darken, black rain will fall, and the Earth will be plunged into the equivalent of a nuclear winter’. Nevertheless, a few scientists have dismissed the idea that the eruption will occur after another similar interval, although he did not discount the possibility of such an event in the future.

Also, global warming is melting the Alps, and it is mentioned that there could be decades of devastation ahead as a result of it. Gigantic avalanches, massive rockfalls, huge landslides. However, while some parts of the planet may have been warmer than they are now, average temperatures were cooler.

But wait. All these depressing news; you could make yourself sick. If you have a lot of negative thoughts, chances are you could get sick more often. Do pessimists get sick more often than optimists? Do you look at the glass as half full, or half empty? I know I hover between the two, but perhaps a handful of people would know me well enough to pass a judgement on that.

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