World Survives Doomsday

dateline: 25 December 2012

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • anticipate: to wait for with interest or excitement
  • apocalypse: the end of the world
  • without incident: without the occurrence of something unwanted
  • stockpile: to gather extra supplies for the future
  • bunker: a safe place to wait or store items; usually underground
  • enlightened: having greater knowledge and awareness

World Survives Doomsday

The much-anticipated “end of the world” without incident on Friday, December 21st. The apocalypse myth was based on the end of the Mayan long count . Thousands of “preppers” around the world stockpiled food and built survivor bunkers “Doomsday”. In several countries, including the US, China, and Russia, government officials put out special to inform citizens that the world would not end on Friday. While some people truly believed Friday would be the end of the world, many modern Mayans associate the end of 2012 with the of a new enlightened age.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which calendar was used to predict the end of the world as December 21, 2012?
  2. What is a “prepper”?
  3. What do many modern Mayans believe about the year 2012?

Discussion Question: According to one major poll, one in ten Europeans had anxiety about the December 21st prophesy. Why do you think some people blame this irrational fear on the Internet?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.