Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Maybe some people should stick with kitten calendars


  • According to Swedish toxicologist Carl Johan Calleman, the Mayan Long Count calendar ended on October 28, 2011. This date was based on his own calculations, and doesn’t seem to have been accepted by any other Mayanists; they’re sticking with the December 21, 2012 end date. Calleman tells us the end of the calendar has resulted in a profound shift in consciousness for a number of people, several of whom now experience a “flattening of time, an end to time acceleration.” I have no idea what that’s all about, but if it means they don’t have to adhere to Daylight Savings, then it’s pretty damned cool.
  • Anyway, this is some very bad news if you’ve been following the story of attorney/UFO disclosure activist Peter Gersten. He plans to pitch himself off the top of Bell Rock in Sedona, Arizona, on December 21, 2012 at 11:11 UT (4:11 AM in Arizona), in the hope an interdimensional portal will open up and catch him before he hits the ground. Gersten fondly calls this plan his “leap of faith”. Other people call it “OMG WHY”. Gersten explains it all in this 2007 interview with ufologist/filmmaker Paul Kimball, who stays a little too calm throughout. (Kimball, on his blog, opines that the leap of faith is “perfectly logical…within the context of Gerston’s stated beliefs”, and that if Gerston jumps, he will “applaud him for having the courage of his convictions.” Whatta pal.)

I doubt that anyone will be able to talk Mr. Gersten out of this, but I’m calling upon anyone who knows him or can get in touch with him to at least try. Failing that, perhaps we can prevail upon the women of Arizona to start knitting the world’s largest net.

8 thoughts on “Wednesday Weirdness Roundup: Maybe some people should stick with kitten calendars

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  1. Georg, your "eyewitness" link took me to an ad page featuring chakra cleansing, and the WWII link took me to Henry Makow's site, with the topmost link being a story about UK soccer announcers getting fired for being sexist. If you're trying to tell the world something important, you'll need to be MUCH CLEARER. P.S. Makow is not, and never was, a university professor.

  2. I wonder how many space-cases out there would actually reconsider their beliefs if Gersten jumped and died an ignominious and spatterific death on the Sedonan soil.I just hope he doesn't attract anyone who wants to follow his example in the meantime.

  3. Free weirdness, indeed (I get a lot of that!). So far, no one's lining up to join the Peter Gersten Lineless Base Jumping Club. I hope it stays that way – otherwise city workers are going to have an awful, awful job on Dec. 22.

  4. "Stupidity cannot be cured with money, or through education, or by legislation. Stupidity is not a sin, the victim can't help being stupid. But stupidity is the only universal capital crime; the sentence is death, there is no appeal, and execution is carried out automatically and without pity." —Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

  5. (Sorry this is well out of date!)The time specified (11:11 UT/GMT) is about the winter solstice time in the Northern Hemisphere (actually closer to 11:12 UT). However, it turns out that Dec 21 being the solstice is only a coincidence. … In the ancient Mayan's Long Count calendar Dec 21, 2012 is the end of baktun 13. (Dec 22 is the start of baktun 14.) All the other baktun changes since 3114 BC have *not been on the solstice.Also, about 2 thousand years ago the solstice was on Dec 25 (due to the slight wobble of the Earth's north-south axis called precession). Since the ancient Maya probably didn't know about precession they would have no way of knowing that Dec 21 of this year would be the solstice.

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