Warning: Mayan Calendar Is No Defense for End-of-World Stupidity
If you believe the Mayan calendar, then December 21, 2012, may just be the end of the world.
Of course, not everyone agrees that existence will end or that a new "cosmic dawn" will rise. Even the Mayans don't think the end of days is coming this year, according to CNN. But there are a fair number of people who are bracing for the end, or at least thinking about the things they'd want to do before existence as we know it is snuffed out.
Sure it's a great excuse to take some chances and have a good time. But there are some things you probably don't want to do just in case the world is still there on December 22. For example:
- Don't quit your job. It might seem like a good time to tell your boss to shove it, but there's a good chance you'll still need that job if and when the end of the world doesn't happen. There are lots of legal protections for employees, but there's no requirement for your boss to take you back after you've resigned.
- Traffic laws still apply. Wouldn't it be great if you could park anywhere you wanted? Or really floor it while driving down the highway? Well you can't, and if you try it December 21 you'll still get a ticket.
- Ask for a date -- but don't cross the line. It's not a bad idea to seize the moment and ask out that person you have a crush on. But don't cross the line into sexual harassment or you'll end up in handcuffs, and not the sexy kind.
- Keep your pants on. Thinking about streaking to ring in the end of the world? Think again if you're on public property. "Celebrating the end of the world" is surprisingly not a defense to indecent exposure.
- Pay your bills. When you sign your name on a credit card receipt, you're actually agreeing to pay that amount to your credit card company. Even if it is the end of the world, they'll still find a way to come after you for any unpaid money. So don't charge too much.
- Watch what you say. OK, if you only had one more day to live, then it might be refreshing to give everyone a piece of your mind. But assuming you have more time than that, remember that nasty or abusive language can be the subject of a lawsuit even without physical harm.
- Don't miss the chance to celebrate. Even if the world doesn't end, it's a good excuse to blow off some steam and have fun. Throw a Mayan calendar party, host a movie marathon with friends, or do something a little wild. Just make sure you keep it legal, or at least have your attorney on speed dial.