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Solstice time, and all is well

JibJab reviews the bizarre events of 2012, which look a lot like omens of the apocalypse.

During the buildup to 12/21/12, some people added an extra solstice twist to the Maya doomsday myth, contending that the precise time of the end of the world would be 11:11 UTC, or 6:11 a.m. ET. That's because the turnover date of the Maya Long Count calendar also happens to be the date of the December solstice, when winter starts in the Northern Hemisphere and summer begins in the Southern Hemisphere. Well, the solstice has occurred, and we're all still here.

What good is an apocalypse without a Twitter account? Mayan Apocalypse (@kabooooooooom)  has just chimed in with its first tweet: "Sorry everyone, running a bit late."

While we're waiting for further updates from Chichen Itza and elsewhere, check out JibJab's hilarious year-in-review video, with an end-of-the-world theme. And keep tabs on http://cosmiclog.msnbc.com/2012 for further updates as the day wears on.

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