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2012 Apocalypse

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Twenty local bands and international headliners performed at the Cosmic Convergence Festival on Friday, December 21 to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar.

The event was hosted by Giorgio Tsoukalos who made a grand entrance from a psychedelic Mayan pyramid.

At the stroke of midnight Ghostland Observatory performed with a $10 million laser light show.

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Don’t expect explosions, space aliens or really anything apocalyptic when the clock strikes midnight.  It’s the end of the Mayan long calendar…13 baktuns in the books…but Tulane University’s Marcello Canuto says it’s nothing more than the end of one cycle and the beginning of a new one.  He says, “They would have stopped and paused, much like we did with 2,000 we said oh wow.  And much like we will in 3,000 and 4,000 and even more so if we reach the year 9,999 and get to the year 10,000.  That’s going to be a big event.”

Many folks are celebrating that big event, including adjunct instructor David Chatelin.  “It’s certainly a good excuse to party and I think anybody would agree with that and I’ll be having a little 21/12 party of my own.  Sure!”  The biggest bash in New Orleans combines aliens, movies, actors and music!  The Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus is throwing a Cosmic Convergence Festival hosted by Ancient Aliens’ Giorgio Tsoukalos.  It’s a party intended to be so epic and so grand in scale, it’ll convince the gods to spare us!

Organizer Ryan Ballard says, “I’ve called in every favor from every Mardi Gras krewe across the city and we’ve basically brought in every single Mayan or space-themed prop that exists in the city of New Orleans.”  Combine that with 20 New Orleans bands and international headliners like Ghostland Observatory.  According to Ballard, “They have the best laser light show on planet earth, hands down.  They have a $10 million plus laser light show that they’re bringing in, installing in the Sugar Mill and their lasers are so powerful and so awesome, you can see them from space!”

If you’re not the partying type, maybe one last supper would be right up your alley.  Salu on Magazine Street is serving up some Mayan cuisine that’s sure to fit the bill.  Chef Richard Papier says, “Basically, we’re trying to do an homage to early Mayan cooking mixed in with a little influence of Mexican style that goes on right now.”  It’s a gourmet take on ancient eats…and a delicious way to celebrate!


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mayaSome say the end of the Mayan calendar means “the end” for us.

But a local man who’s life’s work is to study ancient civilizations says “not so fast”.

Tulane director of the Middle American Research Institute, Marcello Canuto says December 21, 2012 is a day of great Mayan significance, but it is quite different from some fire and brimstone beliefs out there.

“It’s actually an anniversary reminding or recalling creation, not destruction,” said Canuto.

The professor spoke to WGNO News from Guatemala Thursday,  the nation where earlier this year he made headlines for finding a 1,300-year-old Mayan text that actually does refer to December 21, 2012, one of only two known findings that make mention of the infamous date.

However, Canuto says the reference on the artifact has to do with a failing king boasting to his about his past and future power.

The future of life on planet earth as we know it, says Canuto, is safe despite what the doom and gloomers say.

“Yes, you still have to do your Christmas shopping.”

Some people believe the world will end on December 21, but we spoke with Marcello Canuto, Director of the Middle American Research Institute, David Chatelain of Tulane University, Vodou Priestess Sallie Ann Glassman and jazz musician Pat Casey who have another perspective (News with a Twist 12/20/12)

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End of the World? A Psychic’s Prediction…

New Orleans Psychic Cari Roy shares her thoughts on the end of the Mayan Calendar.

Giorgio Tsoukalos from “Ancient Aliens” on the History Channel visited the News with a Twist bar and says it will not be the end of the year this Friday.

Tsoukalos is in New Orleans for this weekend’s Cosmic Convergence Festival. Click here for more information.

captureSurveys show one in five Americans are genuinely concerned that the Mayan apocalypse will happen this Friday.

The biggest regret from those surveyed? Not having enough sex! One out of four men say they would regret not having enough sex. Of course, only one in ten women say they regret not having enough sex.

Our Food for Thought question: Do you have any end of the world regrets?

captureAccording to the Mayan Apocalypse theory it’s the end of the world as we know it … but a lot of you don’t feel fine.

Turns out one in five Americans are genuinely concerned about the world coming to an end this Friday.

And what’s our biggest regret? Not having enough sex!

One in four men say they would regret not having enough sex, but only one in ten women say they regret not having enough sex.

Our Food for Thought question: Do you have any end of the world regrets?

captureThe Mayan Apocalypse has a lot of people making some hasty last minute decisions, but the burger chain Carl’s Jr. wants you to think about how much you can cram in to your last meal!

Oh, and if the world doesn’t end, this burger may be your demise:

It’s a 12 x12 x 12 burger just in time for doomsday. The burger features 12 patties, 12 slices of cheese, and 12 slices of bacon.

This is a picture from the Carl’s Jr. test kitchen.

Our Food for Thought question: What would you choose as the perfect last meal?