Survivalist Tip: As I’ve discussed previously, whether you plan to stay at home during the apocalypse, or head out somewhere, you have to stockpile plenty of food stuffs. Corn is one of those foods you should have. Corn is indigenous to the Western Hemisphere, and every good Indian – Maya, Navajo, Cherokee, West Dallas – maintains a steady diet filled with corn. If they don’t, they’ve either been drinking too much malt liquor, or they’ve converted to Roman Catholicism. People cultivated corn from its wild ancestor, teosinte, thousands of years ago. But, the Maya held corn in the same regard as chocolate, although there’s no evidence they used it for enemas or epidurals. The Mayan corn deity, Yum K’aax, was depicted as a young man with long, silky tresses – symbolizing the long filaments or ‘hair’ on the cobs – and a beautiful face with classic Maya profile; he wore a headdress made of a corn stalk surrounded by leaves. In the Mayan hieroglyphic writings, the head of Yum K’aax was depicted by the number “8.” The sign which indicates his name, Kan, is also the eighth day, or corn day. Corn has some protein, but it’s rich in carbohydrates, which is a great source of energy. This will be important, as you try to survive in the immediate aftermath of the upheaval. If you are on a carbohydrate-restrictive diet, stop it now, or you will die at the onset of the next Baktun! The Mayan gods will not look kindly upon someone who disrespects corn by not wanting to eat it. But, corn is also rich in calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth – again, something you’ll need to make it through the chaos. So, as December 21 approaches, just make certain you have plenty of corn on hand. Besides, it goes great with chocolate and tequila!