How do you think the world as we know it will end?

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    Apr 04, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    A) Melting of the ice cap's and the land mass flooded!

    B) Nuclear War!

    C)Asteroid passing or colliding with Earth!


    Me well l think an Asteroid will pass close by and not so soon in the future.
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    Apr 04, 2008 8:06 PM GMT
    Each of us will die individually and none of us will see the end of the world, only the end of our selves. Given a choice, though, I want to be ripped in half by the monster from Beowulf.
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    Apr 04, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    Like George Carlin says: The planet isn't going anywhere. But the more we irritate it, the sooner it'll shake us off like a dog gets rid if fleas.

    But eventually, the earth will be a lifeless rock once the core stops burning (like Mars). Then a supernova will vaprorize what's left.

    Not sure if that'll happen by the time I drink my last beer though. ;-)
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 04, 2008 8:12 PM GMT
    Hillary's reaction when she answers the that phone call at 3am in the morning?

    KIDDING!

    No, seriously, sadly it will probably be some sort of catastrophic event live a Nuclear Bomb that sets off some sort of chain reaction, or maybe a comet hitting earth. I just hope it lands right smack on my head so I don't feel a thing rather than 100 miles away and I die a slow burn.

    Now, on to more upbeat subjects...

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    Apr 04, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    Some say the world will end in fire,
    Some say in ice.
    From what I've tasted of desire
    I hold with those who favor fire.
    But if it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great
    And would suffice.

    -Robert Frost's opinion on the topic
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    Apr 04, 2008 8:18 PM GMT
    About a billion years BEFORE the sun novas...because the sun will expand into red star phase and the heat will CONSUME the planet.

    Although we'll all be memories at that point.
  • Squarejaw

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    Apr 04, 2008 8:22 PM GMT
    The earth rests on the back of a turtle. One of these days it's going to roll off.
  • MattyC0709

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    Apr 04, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    Maybe Vorgons (aliens) will come and blow up Earth to make space to build a hyperspace network, the demolition being commissioned by the president of Earth who is crazy! Like in the movie "A Hitcherhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Hahaha! icon_biggrin.gificon_lol.gificon_razz.gificon_wink.gif
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    Apr 04, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    Squarejaw saidThe earth rests on the back of a turtle. One of these days it's going to roll off.


    The turtle's name is "Marvin" BTW.

    K
  • NickoftheNort...

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    Apr 04, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    I thought the world as we knew it had already ended, as foretold and described by the prophet R.E.M.

    The world as we know it is continually ending, and is replaced by the new world we're getting to know. It's not as though the world as we know ever was stationary (other than in some personally idealized imagery).

    In terms of climatic endings of an near-apocalyptic nature, I'm still going with "Meh..." We've been impressed upon through the nuclear butchering of Hiroshima and Nagasaki by the USA that nuclear warfare is undesireable for our species* and the Cold War was a theatre that showed human restraint in that area.

    Of the three you mention, the comet is the one I'm going to go with. Personally, I'd want the comet that triggered the events of Thundarr the Barbarian, enabling a world of "super-science and sorcery."

    This whole "the apocalypse must happen in my lifetime" line-of-thought is exceedingly dull though. It's been done to cliché-dom by apocalyptic cults, millenarian Christians, and more. It's also an unintentional smokescreen that delays the consideration of real contemporary problems / conflicts for the purpose of imaginary (and hence, sexier) future problems.

    * = of course, there are exceptions of humans who state that nuclear weaponry should be a viable option; I'll refer to them as idiots and as persons to be shot should they ever obtain the power and express a reasonable likelihood of using nuclear armaments
  • jarhead5536

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    Apr 04, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    After we have fouled all the air and fresh water on earth, flattened the rain forests and leeched the soil, we will kill each other off with natural resource wars, probably nuclear, then we're done. After that, there will be plenty of time (several billion years) before the sun goes supernova for the earth to renew itself, and another species will come along and create a different kind of civilization...
  • jarhead5536

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:01 PM GMT
    O come on Nick. We are far too stupid, territorial and short sighted to NOT blow ourselves up over something. Mankind 1.0 is not God's best work by a long shot...
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    Apr 04, 2008 9:07 PM GMT
    probably this lot they are getting up to some scary shit in Switzerland lets create a black hole oh whoops its started the reaction does anyone know how to stop it?????????


    http://www.economist.com/science/displaystory.cfm?story_id=10952790

    Dan Brown wasnt far off in his books when he wrote about them. Of course we had the same concerns about nuclear reactors and bombs when they were first invented and we all know what good they have done mankind!
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    Apr 04, 2008 9:11 PM GMT
    Honestly I think we are all going up in a ball of flames.

    My theories:

    (1) Either the Earth is going to crash into the Sun

    (2) Global Warming will get out of control

    (3) That other thing (lol)

    If now of the above happens then we are going to slaughter each other until no one is left.
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    Apr 04, 2008 9:18 PM GMT
    This is a grim forum topic for a spring Friday afternoon.

    I don't mankind's "world" will end for a good long time, the human race will likely peak at around 9.5 to 10 billion people sometime between 2050 and 2100 and then start going down from there. Who knows after that what will happen.

    An asteroid is unlikely, that sort of event happens every several million years.

    A nuclear war is far more likely, but between smaller states like Israel and Iran, or India and Pakistan. It will be contained and unlikely spread.

    Environmental damage will continue to happen for the next 50 to 100 years, causing major disruptions and likely millions of deaths, but will not appreciably decrease the number of human beings, but it will damage quality of life for a lot of people.

    A new strain of the flu virus will likely break out into a pandemic wiping out millions sometime in the next 100 years.

    A new powerful virus that makes AIDS look like a piece of cake will likely appear out of nowhere causing widespread fear and paranoia.

    Besides the above, life will continue to get better for billions of people who are now severly impoverished, but people living in North America and Europe will see a relative decline in their standard of living.

    And oh yeah, the US military will become seriously paranoid about the Chinese starting around 2020 and demand yet more expensive military toys.



  • NickoftheNort...

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:23 PM GMT
    jarhead5536 saidO come on Nick. We are far too stupid, territorial and short sighted to NOT blow ourselves up over something. Mankind 1.0 is not God's best work by a long shot...


    Granted, I do not consider the human species the work of any divinity.

    We've done a half-way decent job of not blowing ourselves up as of yet. The nuclear holocaust has not materialized for any nation or state, with the exception of Japan at the heyday of the bomb.

    We have conducted some utter shit, such as Agent Orange over Viet Nam, supporting Saddam's use of chemical weaponry against Iraqis and Iranians, and giving material support to dictators while simultaneously heralding "freedom" and the recognition of human rights. However, this shit does not nullify the good.

    [lack of adequate transition noted]

    We also have under-appreciated science-fiction / social-fiction writers who help make us aware of the possibilities we face in our developing world, both dangerous and positively affirmative.

    [at this point, I notice that I am rambling]

    Do not be too hasty in dismissing the intellect, the generosity, and the wisdom of your fellow humans.

    [end of current ramble]
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:25 PM GMT
    Well, on that note...seen any good comedies lately???? :-)
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    Apr 04, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    I think Xenu will return and destroy the Earth. Then we will see that Tom Cruise was right all along!!!

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:31 PM GMT
    Rhodielifter saidI think Xenu will return and destroy the Earth. Then we will see that Tom Cruise was right all along!!!



    Was he a character from Mork and Mindy?
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    Apr 04, 2008 9:33 PM GMT
    I'm sure the end will be triggered by something trivial: some world leader will answer a cell phone at exactly the wrong time, a key diplomat will miss a connecting flight, a keystone species---some kind of ant maybe---will go extinct. (This could be a Roz Chast cartoon).

    Aren't disasters are more typically the result of an accumulation of small errors rather than the outcome of one whopper?
  • SoDakGuy

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:35 PM GMT
    Aliens nuking us playing Eddie Rabbit's "I Love a Rainy Night."

    You can't resist that song! icon_razz.gif You're powerless to that catchy tune.

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    Apr 04, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    Not with a bang, but with a whimper.

    I forgot who said that. It might have been Daffy Duck.
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    Apr 04, 2008 9:40 PM GMT
    bfg1 said[quote][cite]Rhodielifter said[/cite]I think Xenu will return and destroy the Earth. Then we will see that Tom Cruise was right all along!!!



    Was he a character from Mork and Mindy?[/quote]

    Haha...close. He is the alien that the nut job scientologists believe disposed of the excess population of his galactic empire but dropping them in earth's volcanos and then using hydrogen bombs caused them to explode. Oh yeah that was 75 million years ago....and oh yeah...he flew on a galactic DC-8 to get here!!


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    Apr 04, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    i think it will end through a big massive war, but thats my idea


    BUT, i would like to end by a gigantic hot man masturbating and cumming all over the world that we drown in his cum..sweet sweet misery
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    Apr 04, 2008 9:42 PM GMT
    Human Instrumentality, of course.
    Duh.

    All of our AT fields are destroyed, we lose our individuality and we all become a single entity.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Instrumentality_Project