No, really, I am talking about the end of the world as prophesied by the Mayans. Those dastardly Mayans apparently foresaw the stupidity of a German lab assistant, which has ultimately doomed society to alien invasion, a large asteroid hurtling toward Earth or maybe even a huge volcanic explosion the likes of which have not been seen since the time of the dinosaurs.
Brace yourselves for December 21, 2012--its going to be a bumpy ride, people.
As reported by German news website The Local, a Mayan skull that was carved out of volcanic rock was accidentally dropped during a photo shoot. An eyewitness blamed the incident on the lab assistant, who might have placed the skull on a wobbly surface, causing it to fall. A piece of the skull's chin chipped off as a result.
So what's the big deal, you say? Well, the skull was designed apparently to protect mankind during the end of the world on December 21, 2012. Don't worry, though, because there are supposed to be another 12 protective skulls out there. Hopefully no butter finger lab assistants get a hold of any of those skulls.
The really interesting part of the story is how a guy in Germany ended up with the Mayan skull. Somehow it was transported from Latin America to a monastery in southern Tibet, where it was stolen by Nazi German soldiers (sound like an Indiana Jones movie plot to you?). After the end of World War II, the skull was found in the collection of Heinrick Himmler, the same Nazi official who was famous for collecting pagan magical objects.
Before you cash in your 401k and buy a private island in the Caribbean, you should know that the skull's owner claims "a lot" of the other 12 skulls have "superficial" damage. See, don't you feel better about the end of the world already? I know I do, but mostly because I'm confident I can get a job mixing up alien drinks on a space cruiser.