03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fox News Chyron Highlights 2012 Apocalypse Fears

Via Mike Madden, it seems that Fox News is keeping abreast of the issues that matter most to America -- and not at all indulging in bizarre, paranoid fantasies. As we've learned, the "some" who are always "some saying" tend to "say" all kinds of weird things. In this case, apparently "many people" believe the world is going to end in 2012. Most of that "many," of course, are the ancient Mayans, who had the good sense to die out as a culture before any of the real apocalyptic pain was visited upon the earth. (That's a "joke," humorless anthropologists!) But that's enough of a news peg to hang a story on, apparently:

Obviously, this story is "developing!"

Actually, in fairness to Fox here, I happen to be a big fan of the apocalypse as a literary device, even when it is ineptly deployed. Let's face it, placing the entire planet on collision with a comet/meteor/supernova/climate calamity/alien invasion/viral pandemic/spawn of Satan/ancient prophesy/whatever that weird black sphere in the Fifth Element was all about is an ambitious gambit. Once you've raised the stakes that high, your epic struggles to win the affection of Zooey Deschanel sort of pale in comparison. The Mayan calendar/2012 prophesy is going to be in vogue, now, thanks to the forthcoming, economically-named movie 2012. Based on this clip, it seems that the plot of the movie is about the zero-sum strategy of self-destruction that the planet earth embarks on in order to gain vengeance upon John Cusack.

WATCH... if you dare!

Anyway, like Robert Frost said, "Some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice," and apparently many people believe it will end in this way. But look, whether it's fire or ice or bang or whimper, if the world does end in 2012, I think that Fox News is going to feel pretty stupid that it wasted so much time opposing health care reform.

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