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Will the World End on Friday?

In one of many doomsday myths, it's is widely believed the ancient Mayans predicted that the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21. Beware of zombies.

December 21 is the winter solstice; it's also when the ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world, or does it?

In any case, it's beginning to feel a little like Y2K all over again.

Seriously though, even NASA is getting in on the action. The agency created a page on its website devoted to debunking the Mayan apocalypse idea—not least because the Mayans never predicted any such thing. The date is simply the end of the 5,125-year Mayan calendar, when it simply starts over.

“Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012,” NASA wrote.

But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case the Earth explodes, or zombies run amok. With the "long count" calendar of the Ancient Mayans coming to an end that day, some people are a little pessimistic about any calendar continuing past that date.

However, experts on the matter, like the NASA thing above, say we've got nothing to worry about. According to an article on nbcnews.com, "Experts estimate the system starts counting at 3114 B.C., and will have run through 13 baktuns, or 5,125 years, around Dec. 21. Experts say 13 was a significant number for the Maya, and the end of that cycle would be a milestone — but not an end."

Some people believe the Maya may have predicted "impending astronomical disasters that would coincide with 2012, ranging from explosive storms on the surface of the sun that could knock out power grids to a galactic alignment that could trigger a reversal in Earth's magnetic field."

But according to the article, that is not the case. In fact Mayan predictions go way past our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come even after their long count calendar came to an end.

There have been several predictions of the end of the world, including the May 21, 2011 biblical prediction by then 89-year-old old "minister" Howard Camping. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

Anyone having an end of the world party? How about a going out of business sale?

ryan bellah December 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
im so tired of hearing about this shit the myans predicted this.....nostradomus predicted that... guess what my calender ends every year n i gotta take my ass to the store n buy a new fuckin calender
DJ December 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I believe your money would be better spent on a spelling book.
steven wayne smith December 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Jesus will initiate the end of the world on a day appointed by God (Acts 17:31). Therefore, it will not be initiated by a natural catastrophe. The only way that the world will end on friday is if that is the appointed day God has chosen to send Christ(2 Thessalonians 1:7,8).
Briana Ireland December 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Mkay, quick question for the religious people. If god created man, what created god? Hmmm honestly scientists have already said that the human race was made up from cells, and atoms, and all that good stuff.. plus if god created man how come they come from a female? And for the Dec21,2012 trip.. yeah i dont see anything bad happening but may a whole lot of people going mad and crazy cause they think "the world is gonna end". So really most likely alot pf people will die tomorrow thinking that its the end of the world so "f**k it".
European American. December 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Don't religious people say that god created man in his own image? So god is apparently a mentally ill 20 something psycho who slaughters children. Not exactly the kind of figure I want to follow.

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