I don't think anyone really believes this but it's something we all have thought about. I'm a guy who has always been too curious for some. "Chicken for breakfast? We eat eggs and cereal for Breakfast? Why? We work 40 hours a week and have cake and sing on a co-workers birthday? Why? Put ice cream in a sandwich and fry it then cut up like Sushi Roll? Are you crazy?
Everyone saw the sky fall, but Newton asked why? Do your homework and you'll learn that every innovation that has pushed the world forward resulted from someone asking why?
So it's my belief that we know very little about ourselves and the universe. As a kid I used to hand shovel our families driveway and made money shoveling neighbors driveways, the elderly ones that had no kids to do it for them. We used to get a lot of snow and sometimes as I'd finish the street plow would come by and fill the whole driveway back up. One day I notice my neighbor and classmate Will Fox hasn't come out to start shoveling. The snow was piling up and freezing making it harder task for Will every moment he waited. All of a sudden I hear a loud noise and the Fox's gardener shows up with a plow attached to the front of his summer lawn care truck. With a few hydraulic noises and some backing up and forward and up, their driveway was clean to the bone all in a matter of minutes. What was taking me a half day took 15 minutes.
Of course the city had plows on their garbage trucks. But everyone assumed that's only something the City does- private homes, the kids shovel. Until one guy asked why? Until one landscaper who sat the winters out waiting for a small growing season to make his year's pay, looked closer at the garbage truck and saw it was a plow attached with a harness in a way that could be done on any truck. He asked why can't I put a plow on my truck and since I already have customers from the summer, just offer them an annual contract that includes plowing?
But as long as you don't know of a new and better way of doing something, you accept status quo. Another example is when I fly into the Hampton's on summer vacation and sit in bumper to bumper traffic for three hours until one day my host picks me up at the airport, and as we approach the pile up he makes an abrupt right which takes him onto a series of service and back roads that get us to the destination in 30 minutes. Most of us get on the service road by our exit and see the service road as a short on ramp to the highway. How many have looked at it and said, it runs the whole length of the highway. If you don't get on and off just to access the Freeway, it will take you there?
Imagine one day you are in a rush and depressed at thought of all the traffic from point a to b. Then comes a guy from a more advanced place and shows you if you put your right hand straight up with finger pointing to the Sun then tap three times on your ass, you'll begin to fly.
Bottom line is I have no idea whether the world will end in seven days but I'd not see it as an end, I'd ask what if I run into the man who can show me how to fly in seven days?
I'm the kind of guy who loves possibility thinking. I am drawn to conspiracy theories and alternate points of view which the web puts within easy reach. From what I see there's mounds of convincing evidence that we might be on the verge of new experiences. The storms. The floods. The solar alignments. The fingers on the nuke trigger. The UFO activity around Nuclear sites as now being openly discussed by heads of state. Then there is the bible, or many different bibles all with their own end of days scenario. The Hopi Indians. I like to stir the pot. Test the waters. So I've been putting some of this out there right here and also on social media.
I was beginning to believe it myself. So I ran a trial balloon past the smartest guy I know. And that reassures me that the world is not about to end any time soon.
But I am also a student of numerology and can show you that there are no coincidences about world events.
Take this list of events that happened on 12/21 over time. Loaded with the same activities happening now: Space, inventions of new media, terrorist attacks, Philippines storms, Japan quakes, big lotto prize, first health insurance plan, picketing and labor disputes and the real day the pilgrims arrived.
Cue Twilight Zone music. Thanks for listening an have a GREAT weekend.
December 21 Events in History
2011 The death toll from Tropical Storm Washi in the Philippines reaches 1,002, and is expected to rise
2011 Health authorities begin slaughtering 17,000 chickens after a carcass infected with H5N1 is found at a poultry market in Hong Kong
1994 Bomb goes off on #4 train on Fulton Street New York City
1992 Dutch DC-10 in fire at landing on Faro Portugal, 56 die
1991 95 share in Madrid Spain $1.3 billion lottery (#47996)
1991 U.S. actress Jane Fonda marries CNN-director Ted Turner
1991 Soviet Union formally dissolves 11 of 12 republics sign treaty forming Commonwealth of Independent States
1989 Dan Quayle sends out 30,000 Xmas cards with word beacon spelled beakon
1988 Drexel agrees guilt to security felonies, pays a $650 million fine
1988 New York bound Pan Am jumbo jet explodes over Scotland all 258 aboard die
1988 Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov return to earth (a year) with Chretien
1987 Soyuz TM-4 launches 3 cosmonauts to space station Mir
1987 Vladimir Titov and Musa Manarov launched
1985 ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
1984 U.S.S.R. launches Vega 2 for fly-by of Halley's Come
1983 NBA Indiana Pacers end a 28 game road losing streak
1983 NCAA rules rescinded last 2-minute men's basketball free throw rule
1979 U.S.S.R. performs nuclear test at Semipalitinsk, Eastern Kazakhstan U.S.S.R.
1979 Zimbabwe adopts constitution
1978 "Broadway Musical" opens/closes at Lunt Fontanne Theater New York City
1978 Police in Des Plaines Ill, arrest John Wayne Gacy, Jr. for murder
1976 U.N. General Assembly passes a resolution declaring 1979 - Year of Child
1976 U.S. performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
1975 "Hello, Dolly" closes at Minskoff Theater New York City after 51 performances
1975 "Very Good Eddie" opens at Booth Theater New York City for 307 performances
1975 1st New York Jet to gain 1,000 yards rushing (John Riggins)
1975 1973 Israel, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, U.S. and U.S.S.R. meet in Geneva
1972 Soviet Union signs a separate peace with East Germany
1971 U.N. Security Council chooses Kurt Waldheim as 4th secretary General
191969 Diana Ross final TV appearance as a Supreme on theEd Sullivan Show
1969 Vince Lombardi (Redskins) coaches his last football game, losing
1968 Apollo 8 (Borman, Lovell and Anders) 1st manned Moon voyage
1966 U.S.S.R. launches Luna 13; soft-landed in Oceanus Procellarum
1962 Angolin leaves Comecon
1962 U.S. and Cuba accord, releases bay of pigs captive
1961 John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister MacMillan meet in Bermuda
1959 10th largest snowfall in New York City history (13.7")
1958 Charles De Gaulle wins 7 year term as 1st President of 5th Rep of France
1957 Indonesia proclaims end to state of war
1954 Dr. Sam Sheppard's wife Marilyn is murdered (he is accused of crime)
1949 Dutch 1st Chamber accept soeveregnty of Indonesia
1948 State of Eire, formerly Irish Free State, declares its independence
1946 Earthquake in South Japan, kills 1,086
1942 U.S. Supreme Court declares Nevada separation legal
1941 German submarine U-567 sinks
1939 Hitler named Adolf Eichmann leader of "Referat IV B"
1937 1st feature-length color and sound cartoon premieres (Snow White)
1933 Dried human blood serum 1st prepared, University of Pennsylvania
1933 Fox signs Shirley Temple, 5, to a studio contract
1933 Newfoundland reverts to being a crown colony
1929 1st group hospital insurance plan offered (Dallas Tx)
1923 Nepal changes from British protectorate to independent nation
1921 Supreme Court rules labor injunctions and picketing unconstitutional
1919 J Edgar Hoover deports anarchists/feminist Emma Goldman to Russia
1918 Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore and Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Ray Caldwell and Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters and $15,000
1915 10.17" (25.83 cm) of rainfall, Glenora, Oregon (state record)
1913 1st crossword puzzle (with 32 clues) printed in New York World
1912 Denmark, Norway and Sweden declare neutrality in Comende war
1910 Explosion in coal mine in Hulton England, 344 mine workers dies
1909 1st junior high school established (Berkeley California)
1909 University of Coopenhagen rejects Cook's claim that he was 1st to North Pole
1907 Dutch government of De Master falls due to war budget
1898 Scientists Pierre and Marie Curie discovers radium
1864 General Sherman conquers Savannah
1849 1st U.S. skating club formed in Philadelphia
1835 HMS Beagle sails into Bay of Islands (New Zealand)
1829 1st stone arch railroad bridge in U.S. dedicated, Baltimore
1788 Hue Tay Son becomes emperor Quang Trung of Vietnam
1784 John Jay becomes 1st U.S. Secretary of State
1650 Johan de Witt installed as Dutch pension advisor of Dordrecht
1620 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock
1582 Flanders adopts Gregorian calendar, tomorrow is Jan 1 1583
1561 Archbishop Granvelle installed
1163 Hurricane hits villages in Holland/Friesland, causing floods