REVEALED: The Secret Origin of Santa Claus...and 'flying' reindeer

REVEALED: The Secret Origin of Santa Claus...and One of the most interesting things that one learns when studying the history of Christmas is how little the holiday, as practiced by the majority of Canadians, has to do with Christianity. The physical embodiment of the season, a plus-sized elf with a penchant for flying reindeer and home-baking, has roots that are, if anything, more pagan and corporate than Christian.

2012: Apocalypse Fatigue

2012: Apocalypse FatigueToday is the beginning of the final countdown. We've got just 366 days -- thank you leap year -- until a comet strikes the planet, a massive solar flare microwaves the globe, and sentient machine life evolves into the avatar of the Old Gods and does away with the pestilence that is mankind. Alternatively you may believe we've actually due for a new Golden Age when the Mayan calendar cycles back around.

Tribes fear for future as the world’s biggest reindeer herd suffers big fall

Tribes fear for future as the world’s biggest reindeer herd suffers big fallSURVEYS of the world’s largest reindeer herd have revealed an alarming decline that has left a question mark over the future survival of a Christmas icon.
The George River caribou herd, which roams the tundras of Quebec and Labrador, in Canada, has suffered a drop so severe that only 50,000 are estimated to remain, from a total of at least 385,000 a decade ago.

Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in Georgia's mountains

Massive 1,100+ year old Maya site discovered in GeorgiaAround the year 800 AD the flourishing Maya civilization of Central America suddenly began a rapid collapse. A series of catastrophic volcanic eruptions were followed by two long periods of extreme drought conditions and unending wars between city states.

Mayans launch apocalypse countdown

Mayans launch apocalypse countdownOnly 52 weeks and a day are left before Dec. 21, 2012, when some believe the Maya predicted the end of the world.
Unlike enthusiasts of other doomsday theories who suggest putting together survival kits, southeastern Mexico, the heart of Maya territory, plans a yearlong
celebration.
Mexico's tourism agency expects to draw 52 million visitors by next year only to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche. All of Mexico usually lures about 22 million foreigners in a year.