Do You Expect the World to End on Dec. 21, 2012?

With end of the Maya's "long count" calendar set for Dec. 21, there have been predictions about the world coming to an end. Will you be having an End of the World Party on Dec. 21 or do you still expect to be around the next day.

There are reportedly many parties planned for Dec. 20 or 21 this year, just in case. 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.

Experts on the matter, however, 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. At that time, Patch columnist Ben Cathey made his own prediction that it would not come to pass. Indeed he was right. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

So what do you think about the predictions of the world ending on Dec. 21, 2012? Will it just be another normal day for you or are you planning an End of the World celebration, just in case?

Charles Welch November 25, 2012 at 09:39 PM
I expect another day to come... I think that I'll side w/archaeologists in saying that the Maya were attracted to astronomical events. So accordingly on December 21, 2012 maybe it's just about the Winter Solstice. For anyone interested in a little background, the Maya believe in "cycles" that happen... saying we're going through a change that will affect all humanity, and the world in ways that are unexplainable. (I don't know if that means 12-21-12, and I don't know exactly what changes they meant) Really nothing to fear, but something in my opinion to be researched. They were a very fascinating culture regardless of this doomsday talk.
Tina Dillard November 26, 2012 at 06:33 AM
Ya know, we lost our f-t income a month ago and are barely getting by paying mortgage on p-t we have found..SO, I really have bigger issues to worry about, like whether or not my kids will have anythng for Christmas this year. This is probably the 5th time in MY life the world is suppse to end. I only think one entity knows when that is and don't believe he bases things on a mayan clandar. I really had forgotten about it until thsi popped up on the Patch today. If anyone needs a good mantenenace man or someone who has a Business degree and has experience in adverising, spreadshets, databases, runnng an office/business and programming, emailme if you plan to still need someone after Dec 21st. b/c we will still be looking for jobs :-) tgdillard@aol.com
Diana November 26, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I can not tell you how many times the world was supposed to end at this point. My science teacher said it would end in the late 70's because all the polar caps would melt and we would all be under water. The head of the Jehovah Witness organization has had it ending at least twice. The big Y2K where people were stocking up on water and waiting for all the computers to crash sending us back into the dark ages - nope didn't happen. I'm a Christian, God says it will come like a thief in the night. So no one knows when the world will end. Not going to give it a second thought.
Ramon Berghout November 26, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Mirosa Beer in association with R&R Exp Productions will be having an End of the World Party at the Millinium Gate Arch in Downtown Atlanta on the 21st starting at 8pm. Price of admission is $25 which gets you 25 shares of stock in this up and coming beer company that is sure to take off within the next year.
Steve Holzman November 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Misinterpretation of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is the basis for a popular belief that a cataclysm will take place on December 21, 2012. December 21, 2012 is simply the day that the calendar will go to the next b'ak'tun, at Long Count The date on which the calendar will go to the next piktun (a complete series of 20 b'ak'tuns), at Long Count, will be on October 13, 4772. Sandra Noble, executive director of the Mesoamerican research organization Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. (FAMSI), notes that "for the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle". She considers the portrayal of December 2012 as a doomsday or cosmic-shift event to be "a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in."


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