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End of the World Poll: Is the Apocalypse Coming Dec. 21?

The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21, just a few days from now. Do you buy it? Take our poll!

Apparently, there's an apocalypse coming.

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.

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. But many people, including Northfield clergy, believe that a judgment day is coming, but no one can predict when. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

And while there are still a number of skeptics, plenty of parties are 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? Are we doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!

PhotoMaineAC December 15, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Why can't Americans see they are slaves, under the guise of religious democracy?
johnsmith83944 December 15, 2012 at 03:15 PM
The Mayans correctly "predicted" the arrival of Cortes to Yucatan and Mexico in 1519, and that was a kind of end of the indigenous civilizations in the area, beginning with the Aztec Empire. The prophecy that the civilization will end was a main factor for the amazing conquest campaign of Hernan Cortes in what is now Mexico. The Mayan civilization ended centuries earlier, though the Mayan race survived.
Jon Danzig December 15, 2012 at 09:33 PM
The predicted world’s end on 21 December is nonsense – but the ‘Millennium Bug’ was not. There’s a difference, and it’s important to the human race that we understand what it is. See my latest blog: http://jondanzig.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/mayan-catastrophe-versus-millennium-bug.html Short link: goo.gl/nok1y
Just here December 15, 2012 at 11:34 PM
IGNORANCE IS BLISS....
Sharon Miller December 16, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Anyone who needs an excuse for a party,will have one. This of course will bring out the zombies,hung over,but still out. LOL And they probably will feel like its the end of the world. And life will go on!! :)

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