By Hillary Busis
Updated December 20, 2012 at 10:04 PM EST

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Don’t let those eggheads at NASA try to fool you: The world will end on 12/21/12, just as the Mayans predicted centuries ago. (An actual excerpt from their prophetic tablet: “That’s great, it starts with an earthquake, birds and snakes, an aeroplane — Lenny Bruce is not afraid.” Such an advanced culture!)

How do I know the end is near? Because the signs of an imminent apocalypse have been coming all year — signs like these:

1. Here Comes Honey Boo Boo premieres big on TLC and just keeps growing, inspiring — no joke — the rise of “hillbilly porn.”

2. Once-fun K-Pop phenomenon “Gangnam Style” refuses to go away, spurring tiresome parodies/homages made by everyone from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to Glee. Even Jay Leno‘s doing the dance. When does it end, people?! (Oh, yeah: tomorrow.)

3. And similarly: lame election memes take all the fun out of what was already a pretty un-fun presidential race.

4. John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John’s incredible, awful music video for “I Think You Might Like It.”

5. The Newsroom posits that all women are flighty idiots who don’t understand the Internet. Incredibly, a Newsroom cast member ends up proving Aaron Sorkin right.

6. There are currently six Real Housewives shows airing on Bravo on rotation. Come January — if we make it that far — Tina Fey won’t have even one show.

7. Dan Harmon gets fired. Community‘s season 4 premiere date gets pushed to October, then February of a year that won’t exist, ensuring we will never see Greendale’s Hunger Games parody.

8. Speaking of: The CW orders a Hunger Games-inspired reality show, thereby proving that they really, really didn’t get the point of The Hunger Games.

9. Perhaps even worse: Honey Boo Boo’s televised home orders a reality show called Best Funeral Ever. The network’s initials stand for THE LEARNING CHANNEL.

10. Amy Poehler and Will Arnett are no more. Ditto Heidi Klum and Seal, and Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman, who were together for over 40 years.

11. Couple names their baby Hashtag.

12. Baby Beluga is dead.

13. Donald Trump.

That’s it; I’m good and ready for the apocalypse. Got any pop culture travesties to add to this list?

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