If you’re reading this, December 21, 2012 was not in fact the end of the world. Bummer. As Mayan-related book sales plummet and various religious leaders cough nervously and shuffle their feet, the rest of us are once again caught up in that exciting world of just plain not knowing anything about how we’re going to go.
However, the theory has gained enough popularity to enough to warrant inclusion on this list, so here goes: In 1847 a party of settlers, the “Donner party,” became trapped by a sudden blizzard in the Sierra Nevadas, eventually perishing due to cold and starvation.
Salt Lake City professor Lloyd Cunningham and a team of students had recently been excavating the site when they came across a time capsule, inside which was a prediction that in 2016, a biological weapon would spread out of control and destroy all human life.