More recently, we end of the world aficionadas have been glued to the "End of the world as we know it by Solar Plasma Eruption" hypothesis. 2012-2013 is, or was, a peak time for our star's eleven year cycle. Some of us had keenly anticipated a plasma burst of five hundred year proportions directed at our planet by an angry sun. I personally looked forward to communicating by the mail carrier with any and all internet providers and an end to the utility bill.
Of all the things in the universe that are nearest and dearest to us the
sun is the most likely to discipline us. It has the potential to produce a
disgruntlement in the ether that will rob us of electric power grids and their
peripherals, creating momentous damage, and returning us to something like
the eighth century AD. Billions of us might survive radiation poisoning so
that we can die of starvation, and there will be no television to watch
while we wait. Otherwise it has been a good couple of days rest for me.