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Norse myth predicts world to end this week

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Y2K has passed. The Mayan apocalypse has passed. But we're not out of the woods, yet, it would seem. Norse mythology predicts that the world will end this Saturday, when the Earth will split open and unleash the "inhabitants of Hel," one newspaper reported.

It's called Ragnarok, and the Vikings apocalypse, The Daily Mail reported. And the belief is that a series of natural disasters would herald in the final days, which then culminate with a massive battle that kills several of the Vikings' major gods — leading to submersion of the planet in water.

The legend features dramatic images, including a wolf named Skoll that eats the sun, another wolf named Hati that eats the moon, and the Midgard Serpent, named Jormungand, rising from the ocean.

The Mayan apocalypse was supposed to take place on Dec. 21, 2012. And the Y2K fiasco was supposed to occur on Jan. 1, 2000. Neither date brought significant earthly change.

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