Well. I know it's been a while, but remember the world ending on December 21, 2012? If not you probably remember the hype around the "Mayan Apocalypse" in 2012, a hype that started building way before the presumed date. One of the proponents of this hype was Roland Emmerich's "just one more" disaster movie, creatively titled 2012.

What fascinates me about doomsday scenarios is how people deal with them. As the date was getting closer, people around the world started panic buying things like candles (China) or kerosene (Russia), and the market for bomb shelters suddenly exploded in the United States.

All these preparations for a nonexistent disaster provide a lot of hilarity especially in hindsight. My favorite reaction to the doomsday scenario however came from a person refuting it. Of course this was on the internet, in a "review" of the 2012 movie. Unfortunately I couldn't find said review anymore, it's probably been deleted, but I remember it well. It's necessary to mention it was written before December 2012.

The "reasoning" in the review was the following: The scenario the film lays out, with the apocalypse hitting by the end of 2012 is improbable because the reviewer had checked Wikipedia, and Wikipedia said there are movies planned for release in 2013! Why would movie producers invest in projects they will never be able to release? Ergo, the film's premise is not just wrong, but insincere, which makes it a bad movie.

This is the kind of thinking that's so perplexingly out of touch with reality it becomes inspiring.