Originally Posted by stui magpie
8:22 am here on 21 December in Australia. No signs of anything unusual, no more zombies on the road than normal.
Yeah, but as stated above, it won't happen until midnight in the Mayan time zone, so there are still over 8 hours left, and about 5 additional hours if it happens on the solstice.
I recall there was similar speculation when Harold Camping's doomsday dates came around last year; it makes a lot more sense if whatever is going to happen occurred all at once (especially something like a planet smacking into Earth).