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Is the End of the World Really Coming on Dec. 21?

The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21 -- just less than two weeks from now. Do you buy it?

The article originated on Lakeville, MN, Patch

Do you expect the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012?

Apocalypse in the house...

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 one time period that 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.

So what do you think? We doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!

joe smo December 10, 2012 at 05:44 AM
william branham followers plan a mass suicide on december 21,2012 someone should call the fbi
rannrany December 10, 2012 at 06:06 AM
I want to know "The end of the world" have or not?but for my feeling relly worry about it .i want to know the answer from Nasa .so can you answer it to me .email to me .my email : nisalrany@gmail.com i wait for your answer.
ranrany December 10, 2012 at 06:14 AM
I want to know "The end of the world" have or not?but for my feeling relly worry about it .i want to know the answer from Nasa .so can you answer it to me .email to me .my email : nisalrany@gmail.com i wait for your answer.
nawaraj sapkota December 10, 2012 at 07:31 AM
may be it happen but nobady cirmfom
Prabhu Prabhakaran December 10, 2012 at 09:59 AM
There is a saying by Superstar Rajinikanth (South Indian Hero) "If we know the date of death... The living days will become hell..." So Don't Worry... Be Happy...
rajesh December 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Not possible
zakeer ismael December 10, 2012 at 02:00 PM
I don't believe it because last year there was some people saying the world coming to an end.ey I don't know
nikki December 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
in the bible god said no man knows the day or hour but only the season so could it happed yes but 12 21 12 no cause no man knows. but if you are saved you have no worries for thats the day you go home with jesus!
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