So today is the day, guys! Supposedly, the secret tenth planet of the solar system, Nibiru, is completing one of its 65 million year orbit and is going to kill us all! How exciting. I know all those theories about the end of the worlds are complete bunk but I find them fascinating. I always wondered what goes through the mind of the people that come up with them. I am sure that a number of them are nothing more than con artists that see an opportunity for a quick buck, but there has to be a number of those wackos that believe what they are blathering on about.
Personally, my favorite end of the world fad was the Y2K bug. Everyone was so scared that every computer in the world was going to exploded or something because programmers were lazy and made most date calculation based on a two digit integer with an implied 19 in front of it and that date would roll over to the year 1900 or 19100. Those were simpler times, back when I believed that floppy drive was an essential part of any computer.
Then second best has to be when they started the LHC and people were scared that it might create a black hole and destroy the earth. I was at a Summer camp and we had this plan for an end-of-the-world pizza party with some of the counselors but then we forgot. That was disappointing, though seeing the reaction of some the other students when we explained what could have happened was entertaining enough.
Looking at Wikipedia’s list of predicted end of the world, it seems that the upcoming ones are a bunch of theological related stuff, which is far less exciting than secret planets and polarity shifts based apocalypse. It doesn’t list the Apophis asteroid, so I guess that it was written of the books for good. Oh well…
In other news, I did run the Omaha Half marathon last Sunday and it was a blast! Unlike last year, we did not start late because of a shooting, which is always nice, and it was a bit cooler as well. I had a goal this year to do the race in less than three hours and I made it! 2 hours, 59 minutes and 25 seconds! (the website list us at just over 3 hours for some reason). Barely under three hours but that’s good enough for me. This year’s medal was extra bling, with a cool gold finish to it, and it is slightly bigger than last year’s!
Last year I finished in 3 hours and 24 minutes, which means that this year i was 13% faster than last year! That is a nice improvement, though I doubt that I can replicate that next year. I am sure that I can improve my time if I continue to train, but won’t be as drastic as this year. Maybe I’ll run the marathon next year… or the one in Hawaii… That would be cool, Hawaii is great place for a Christmas vacation.