As we count down to the 21st, a lot of people are getting panicky. Some of us are worried that there aren’t enough remaining days to complete the miniature model of Chichen Itza’s El Castillo made from royal icing and angel food cake (with sacrificial tableau composed of gummy bears at the top) which would be the ideal centerpiece of an Apocalypse Eve party. Unfortunately the panic in other places is more existential than culinary.
Across Russia, for example, there seems to have been a rash of episodes from simple hoarding of candles and other perfectly rational and useful supplies, to episodes of mass psychosis.
Here in the US, we’ve had streaks of fire in the skies over Texas, though this was “reported” by a site that also tracks the exploration of crystal pyramids under the Bermuda Triangle and how we’re all going to be forced to carry the number of the beast in the form of implantable microchips as required by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), so let’s salt that one liberally, shall we?