Are You Ready for DOOMSDAY 2012?

The world will end December 21, 2012. Or will it? Not since the turn of the millennium in 1999, have so many “end of the world” predictions been made.

Although most scholars dismiss the idea of cataclysmic events occurring in 2012, others point to mathematical formulas and astronomical indicators as proof the end is near. The most commonly used evidence is the end of the 5,125-year-long Mayan calendar that occurs on the winter solstice December 21.

Children growing up in the 1950s and 1960s had nightmares about atomic bombs, while more recent fears revolve around killer viruses, zombies, and alien attacks.

Many doomsday prophecies revolve around an astronomical event such as a giant sunspot that will cause the north and south poles to reverse. Other predictions focus on a collision with a passing comet, meteor, or an out-of-control planet causing global devastation. These types of global catastrophes events have become popular plots of blockbuster movies like 2012, Armageddon, and Deep Impact.

This year, the 18th annual Bicknell International Film Festival (BIFF) is having some fun with the doomsday theme featuring three “B,” bad, or simply bizarre films: Panic in Year Zero, Crack in the World, and When Worlds Collide. Come join the fun that includes the “world’s fastest” parade, lunch and a Doomer’s Challenge at Bicknell Park, and two fabulous dinner parties with live music. Learn more at or find our Facebook page.