The real future is not a pseudo-scientific trick.
The day of December 21st, 2012, was not a disaster because Americans, Guatamala goverment, Mayan Indians, British and Chinese wanted to scare there citizens in to behaving them selves and not getting to riots, rebellious, work-shy and/or drunk at the Millennium parties.
As for the rest, it was cooked most of it up to promote there pseudo-significant pseudo-science culture. As far as I can tell, corrupt Western bankers, global warming, meteorite impact, atomic war, cosmic exposure do to a weakening magnetosphere, super-volcano and an Ebola/flu plague will eventually cause a fatal crisis
The Year 2000 problem (also known as the Y2K problem, the Millennium bug, the Y2K bug, or simply Y2K) only caused a few problems like when Australian bus-ticket-validation machines in two states failed to operate and 150 slot machines at race tracks in Delaware stopped working. It was not the end of the world.
Nostrums were a medieval trickster. Americans, Germans, French and British are known for their attempts at rewriting history, popular culture, pseudoscience and false/propaganda predictions.
Here are some of their other works of deception.
Plaint Nibiru (Soviet Azerbaijan)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecharia_Sitchin https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nibiru_cataclysm
Flat earth (UK/USA)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Myth_of_the_flat_Earth#20th_century_and_onward https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flat_Earth#Flat_Earth_Society
Hollow earth (USA/UK/German Empire)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth#20th_century
Ancient astronaut hypothesis (Swiss/UK/ Italy/USA/ Soviet Azerbaijan) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_astronaut_hypothesis
Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact theories (Various cranks from around the world trying to deny the Orientals and Polynesians ever got there and claimed the Celts had beaten the Vikings to it)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-Columbian_trans-oceanic_contact_theories
Priory of Sion (South of France)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priory_of_Sion
The Da Vinci Code (USA/Scotland)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Da_Vinci_Code
Nazi UFOs (USA/Germany)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nazi_UFOs
The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (Russian Empire/ Weimar Germany/USA)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Protocols_of_the_Elders_of_Zion
Shakespeare authorship questions (UK)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakespeare_authorship_question
Holocaust denial (UK/Russia/Poland/Germany/USA)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocaust_denial
Roswell UFO incident (USA)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roswell_UFO_incident
The Da Vinci Code, Freemasonry, the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail stuff at Rosslyn Chapel (Scotland/USA)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosslyn_Chapel
Martian canals (USA/Italy)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martian_canal
Destroying hail storms with a sonic gun (Central and southern France)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hail_cannon
Rolfing is an alternative medical treatment marketed by the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. (USA)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolfing
Orgone- An energy is a hypothetical universal life force originally proposed in the 1930s by Wilhelm Reich. (Astro-Hungary)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orgone
Cold fusion reactors (UK/USA)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_fusion
Polywater – hypothetical polymerized form of water proposed (Russian SSR)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polywater
The Electronic voice phenomenon- hearing ghosts speak via an enslaved tape recorder (world wide with many mystic types)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_voice_phenomenon
The belief that around the 15th century BCE, Venus was ejected from Jupiter as a comet or comet-like object, and passed near Earth (USA)- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worlds_in_Collision
The New Chronology is a fringe theory (France/Russian Empire/Russian SSR) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Chronology_(Fomenko)
The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail Theory (UK)-https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holy_Blood_and_the_Holy_Grail
Rumpology and Bottom Reading (USA)- is a pseudoscience akin to physiognomy, performed by examining crevices, dimples, warts, moles and folds of a person's buttocks in much the same way a chirologist would read the palm of the hand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumpology