A brief history of the end of the world

A look back at apocalypses past

By Katie McDonough

Published December 21, 2012 7:22PM (EST)


The world did not end! That is great news! Besides meaning that we will all live to see the next season of "Girls," today's notable absence of earthquakes, floods and other apocalyptic ephemera connects us to a long, happy tradition of losing our minds about the end of the world. From 2800 B.C. to 2012, a look back at the apocalypses that got away.

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Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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