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Topic: Once in a Blue Moon (01/06/11)
TITLE: Blew Moon 2012
By Tim Pickl
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Life would end as we know it: it was a once in a blue moon type event.
After the New Year 2011 and the world realized we drew closer to 2012, the United Nations (U.N.) picked up on the worldwide fear and decided to convene an Emergency Earth Survival Conference (E.E.S.C.). Religious and scientific minds from all over the globe were dispatched to attend. Interestingly, the U.N. dispatches to the E.E.S.C. made the attendance mandatory—the first of its kind.
Many in the conference agreed that the world would end on December 21, 2012. A new theory was presented that when the poles of the earth shift, the moon would lose it orbit around the earth and crash into the earth.
The theory ignited all the fear in the room into a blazing inferno of panic.
“We must do something!”
“Do something now!”
Daniel Wooten, leading Religious Scientist from the New University of Illinois, stood up and addressed the Conference, and spoke over the din, “Ladies and Gentlemen, ahem! Ladies and Gentlemen! We’ve all been duped into believing the lies perpetrated by scam artists trying to sell end-of-the-world books and survival gear. Please don’t give into this non-sense and do something drastic that will truly affect all on this planet.”
The U.N. Secretary General spoke next. “I see…so we are not all in agreement. We must however, be all in consensus on what action or actions we must take.”
At that point, a Chinese scientist asked to speak. “We have devised a plan, Secretary-General, and we would please ask the Conference to hear us out.”
“Go ahead, present your plan. I am curious.”
“The Chinese have been developing and building ships for years to go to the moon.” The was a great wow that rushed through the conference. “Our proposal is to load our ships with drilling equipment and nuclear weapons from all over the world. Then, if the moon begins to lose orbit, we can destroy it.”
The conference buzzed again, this time with excitement.
Daniel Wooten stood up, and asked again to be recognized. “Secretary-General, this plan is preposterous! The world will forever be changed, without the moon; and has anyone considered the fact that pieces of the moon will fall like huge meteorites into the earth, and kill millions, if not billions of people?”
The U.N. Secretary General looked up, and stroked his beard for a few seconds, deep in thought. He then replied with authority, “I am in favor of this plan. It at least gives us an option. Of course, we will need to have a final vote on the plan in the U.N. Security Council.”
The U.N. Security Council voted in favor of the plan. And just like that, the plan presented by the Chinese was set in motion.
“I can’t believe the U.N. is so stupid to hand over the only edge we have over to the Chinese! What is this world coming to?” Daniel Wooten slammed his desk at the New University of Illinois.
“Well, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon on the Chinese calendar.” Lisa Turner—Daniel’s star student—answered.
“Oh, so you’re saying 2012 is their year to destroy the earth?”
“No, just pointing out that they have the power and the favor of the U.N.”
Flash forward now to December 20, 2012: ARMAGEDDON’S EVE screamed the 24 Hour News channels. Panic swept the earth like a virus. Religious cults planned mass suicides; while scientists nervously watched the moon.
As the clock turned over to midnight December 21, 2012 every hour all over the globe, News Reporters watched the skies—along with the scientists. The Reporters excitedly showed everything live from New Year’s Eve-like fireworks to massive parties among the Mayan ruins in Mexico.
“We’re here live at the Chichen Itza Mayan ruins in Mexico. The Mayans had a great understanding of the heavens and had a calendar, which supposedly ends today—December 21, 2012. Thousands of people are gathered here today to witness the end of the world.”
It was a long day and subsequently a very long night.
Ultimately, nothing happened.
“Shades of y2k.” Disgusted, Daniel powered off his television and grabbed his ringing iPhone. “Yes sir, Secretary-General. What have we decided?”
“We will not blow up the moon.”
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