Apocalypse 2013

January 11, 2009

All you people who think 2012 is the end of the world (because the Mayans said so) — it turns out you were off by a year. Or maybe not.

A new report from the National Academy of Sciences claims the Earth could be knocked back to the 19th century if a major solar storm expected in 2013 has its way. While admitting the chances are slim, these guys in lab coats say the giant plasma wave, which sounds like a big-screen TV but is actually not, could effectively destroy all technology on the planet.

This would mean no cars, no computers, no communications. No infrastructure. No drinking water. No heating or refrigeration. Food and drug supplies would go bad immediately. Riots in the streets, right? Sheer wild-ass craziness. Basically, the whole world will look like the Bourbon Street the day after Katrina.

This apparently happened before. In the 1850s, a solar storm fried all the telegraph wires in the world. We have a lot more wires now … I remember this happening in the 80s; Quebec lost its power because of solar flares or something. It was pretty sci-fi. But I also remember all the Y2K nonsense.

Anyway, this came on the radio today in the minivan. The kids were abuzz with the idea of not having technology, and eventually concluded that it might not be so bad. And I had to agree. Sure, I wouldn’t be able to write for you fine people anymore. But I could do my best Pa Ingalls impression and chew on a corncob pipe, that sort of thing. We could go back to the land, grow our own veggies, hunt and fish; I could become some kind of travelling storytelling minstrel.

I’m going to have to let Buddy know about this.



  1. I live on my own and as much as I’m happy sitting around reading, I’m far too fond of my computer and other random gadgets I have. Also my job uses fancy technology and I don’t fancy going back to the before electricity days of theatre, candles go out too often and oil is a pain… I hope it’s another one of those Y2K scares.

    • you know i agree with the people it would not be so bad but i do not agree that that will happen i mean come on

  2. National Academy of Sciences uses the 2012 date.


  3. This is some very scary stuff that I just read about for the first time today. I am definitely going to stock up on food, water, candles, and such.

  4. I dont think it will happen eat poo

  5. I agree with my friend Poo on this one.

  6. i agree with the typer

  7. Its not in 2012…. im in that year its the 12/07/2012 hmm if only people 1-2 years ago can read this

  8. a whole load of sh** i,ve never heard such a load of crap in my life.

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