It has been the subject of countless books, films, and TV specials for years and, now, for better or for worse, 2012 has arrived. The new year brings with it fervent speculation as to what will happen when the Mayan Calendar ends on December 21st as well as the usual annual hopes that this will finally be the year that UFO truth is disclosed, Bigfoot is proven to be real, or the Cubs win the World Series. CNN offers photos and videos of the global celebration unfolding as 2012 leaves the realm of science fiction and moves into reality.
This structure may appear to be something from a sci fi film, but it's actually a church in Bavaria that was constructed entirely from snow and ice.
A gallery from Telegraph UK features images of what people believe are Jesus and other religious figures in everyday objects.
The yo-yo, a classic toy enjoyed by generations, is seeing a renaissance of interest in the form of competitive yo-yoing.
Check out some of the items that have caught George Knapp's attention, including articles about a Russian satellite crash, and a Grand Canyon mystery.
Check out some of the items that have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including his I-Team report on underwater mortgages in Las Vegas.
Images of two lunar anomalies discussed on the 12/25/11 show.
The Telegraph has created an interactive graphic explaining what it would really take for Santa Claus to deliver his 850,000 tons of toys to approximately 2.5 billion children in less than 32 hours.
A spectacular image of Comet Lovejoy, which recently survived a close encounter with the Sun, was captured by International Space Station Commander Dan Burbank as the object appeared over Earth's eastern horizon.
This strange spherical object mysteriously fell from the sky and landed in the African country of Namibia
Mayan communities in southern Mexico have begun a year-long countdown to Dec. 21, 2012, the end date for one of their ancient calendar cycles.
A new study out of Italy has added another layer to the debate over the Shroud of Turin's authenticity. According to the research, which set out to determine how the infamous image on the enigmatic relic could have been created, the only method that was successful in duplicating the exact "shade, texture, and depth" was via ultraviolet lasers. Since such technology has only been available in modern times, the findings give new strength to the belief that the image was a divine creation. More on the story at The Telegraph.
Geologists have located the source of some of the rocks used to create Stonehenge, some 5,000 years ago.
Check out some of the items that have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including this breathtaking photo from NASA as well as articles on another petition for UFO disclosure and controversy in the Bigfoot research community
An Australian bearded dragon has become an online celebrity after its owner captured the creature on video playing the smartphone game Ant Smasher
Mobile phone footage of passengers aboard a subway train in Germany suddenly gripped by unexplainable fits of laughter has become an Internet sensation, racking up over a million views on YouTube.
Once venerated by the natives of Madagascar, the island's lemurs are becoming endangered as cultural changes have resulted in the creature now being seen as a viable food source. Previously, it had been considered taboo on the island to hunt or kill the animal, but a recent study uncovered a staggering number of lemurs being eaten in villages on the island. Experts blame outsiders coming to work at the island's mines and their rising demand for meat as the key factor in the lemur's changing fortunes. More on the story at BBC News.
Joshua P. Warren shares two photos. In the first, he and Dave Schrader (right) prepare to investigate the haunted La Purisima Mission.
An intriguing new video from Russia captures what appears to be a UFO hovering over a large pro-democracy protest in Moscow.
In a 1989 photo, Colin Andrews is seen at a crop circle in Hampshire U.K., taking site details.
Michael Horn shares the famous 'Sunlight Photo,' by Billy Meier, which he says was "determined to be a large, unknown object in front of a large tree."
The town of Skowhegan, Maine has become the latest victim of the 'yarn bombing' craze
Using a technique called 'light painting,' photographer Marc Bower-Briggs recently transformed Stonehenge into a luminous wonderland
NASA footage of a CME hitting Mercury appears to show the blast of plasma hitting an additional planet-sized object nearby.
A new Earth-like planet, the first to be observed residing in the habitable zone from its star, has been found by the Kepler telescope. Seen here in an artist conception, the world dubbed Kepler-22b is 600 light-years away, and orbits its sun every 290 days.
The first Sunday of every month, Coast to Coast features emerging artists for some of the Bumper Music selections.
Scientists from Russia and Japan believe it may be possible to recreate a woolly mammoth within five years.
Ian Punnett announced that he would be stepping away from his weekly hosting duties starting in January 2012 to seek treatment for tinnitus and hearing loss. Ian will continue his Coast presence on the second Sunday of every month. John B. Wells (email) will take over hosting duties on Saturday nights.
Former park ranger Mark Moffett found the heaviest ever recorded giant weta after two days of searching on a remote New Zealand island.
Having grown tired of bureaucratic red tape surrounding his land proposal, a snake charmer in India decided to let his 'co-workers' do the talking for him when he released dozens of the poisonous serpents in his local tax office.