Not impressed with all the astronomy, numerology and prophecy? How about some technology? Recent additions to the snowballing September 2015 story are resurrecting paranoia about the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the underground test facility near Geneva, Switzerland, operated by the European nuclear agency CERN.
The LHC is the facility that, a few years back, sparked worries around an inadvertent planet-swallowing black hole. The LHC is ramping up operations this year after a two-year break for upgrades and maintenance, and conspiracy theorists are dutifully wedging in the new development. This adds a sort of modern science wrinkle -- similar to the Y2K scare -- in which our own technology contributes to our downfall.
Showing admirable initiative, the theorists have even looped the LHC back into with perennial doomsday concerns of prophecy and numerology: "The CERN logo is 666, the sign of the beast in a circle," writes one blogger. "The collider looks like the all seeing eye or stargate we see so much of."
The impending September disaster truly is a full-service doomsday conspiracy theory. It's sort of impressive, really, the effort that's gone into this story. But with doomsday predictions -- as with so many things -- there truly is nothing new under the sun. Unless the sun goes supernova in September.