…. now will the Mayan calendar ending be the end of us? Naa, I bet we live through December 21, 2012 just fine.
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2012 End-of-the-World Countdown Based on Mayan Calendar Starts Today
The countdown to the apocalypse is on. We’re one year away from Dec. 21, 2012, the date that the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar allegedly marked as the end of an era that would reset the date to zero and signal the end of humanity.
But will it?
There have been many end of times predictions over the years. Christian radio host Harold Camping faced widespread ridicule when his predictions that the world would end twice this year – on May 21, and then on Oct. 21 – failed to materialize.
But in the flurry of doomsday predictions – there have been similar dire warnings about the world coming to an end from various cultures, including Native Americans, the Chinese, Egyptians and even the Irish — the supposed Mayan prophecy seems to have held the most sway with believers.
The Mayan civilization, which reached its height from 300 A.D. to 900 A.D., had a talent for astronomy. Advanced mathematics and primitive astronomy flourished, creating what many have called the most accurate calendar in the world.
The Mayans predicted a final event that included a solar shift, a Venus transit and violent earthquakes.
Their Long Count calendar begins in 3,114 B.C., marking time in roughly 394-year periods known as Baktuns. Thirteen was a significant, sacred number for the Mayas, and they wrote that the 13th Baktun ends on Dec. 21, 2012.
The doomsday theories stem from a stone tablet discovered in the 1960s at the archaeological site of Tortuguero in the Gulf of Mexico state of Tabasco that describes the return of a Mayan god at the end of a 13th period.
“The Maya are viewed by many westerners as exotic folks that were supposed to have had some special, secret knowledge,” said Mayan scholar Sven Gronemeyer. “What happens is that our expectations and fears get projected on the Maya calendar.”
Gronemeyer, of La Trobe University in Australia, compares the supposed Mayan prophecies to the “Y2K” hype, when people feared all computer systems would crash when the new millennium began on Jan. 1, 2000.
For some reason, Gronemeyer says, people have ignored evidence that dates beyond 2012 were recorded.
The blogosphere exploded with more speculation when Mexico’s archaeology institute acknowledged on Nov. 24 a second reference to Dec. 21, 2012, on a brick found at other ruins.
“Human beings seem to be attracted by apocalyptic ideas and always assume the worst,” Gronemeyer said.
Believers have taken the end-of-the world fears to the Internet with hundreds of thousands of websites and blogs. Yet others are capitalizing on the heightened interest. Films depicting the end of the world – including the 2009 movie, “2012″ – are contributing to the mounting hype as well as to misinformation, experts say.
In southern Mexico, the heart of Maya territory, a yearlong celebration is planned.
Mexico’s tourism agency expects to draw 52 million visitors by next year only to the regions of Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo, Tabasco and Campeche. All of Mexico usually lures about 22 million foreigners in a year.
It’s selling the date, the Winter Solstice in the coming year, as a time of renewal. Many archeologists argue that the 2012 reference on a 1,300-year-old stone tablet only marks the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar.
“The world will not end. It is an era,” said Yeanet Zaldo, a tourism spokeswoman for the Caribbean state of Quintana Roo, home to Cancun. “For us, it is a message of hope.”
For those who are thinking about how to spend what could be their last year on earth, here’s another message of hope: According to recent research, the mythological date of the “end of days” may be off by 50 to 100 years.
To convert the ancient Mayan calendar to the Gregorian (or modern) calendar, scholars use a numerical value (called the GMT). But Gerardo Aldana, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has said the data supporting the widely-adopted conversion factor may be invalid.
Aldana isn’t the only detractor.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration – yes, that’s NASA – has also weighed in on the issue.
The agency’s scientists posted answers to the most popular questions about the end-of-times theory associated with the prophecy.
“Remember the Y2K scare? It came and went without much of a whimper because of adequate planning and analysis of the situation. Impressive movie special effects aside, Dec. 21, 2012, won’t be the end of the world as we know,” the 2009 web page post says.
The answers addressed questions about whether there were any known threats to the Earth and the truth about the calendar.
One of answers posted was to the question of the possible approach of Nibiru (or Planet X or Eris), a supposed wayward planet that is said could pose a threat to Earth. The answer was a definitive rejection of the idea.
“Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax,” scientists wrote. “There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.”
ABC News’ Susan Donaldson James and The Associated Press contributed to this story.
… so I’m looking for something that happened on this day last year. I watched several videos, but nothing said “share me”. I read a lot of news that I missed last year, but nothing said “share me”. I checked out forums and blogs and I came up with “nothing”.
THEN, I ran across this list of New Years Resolutions and I thought, resolutions are fitting for this time of year, enjoy.
- Just for today, I will not sit in my living room all day in my nightdress. Instead, I will move my computer into the bedroom
- I will no longer waste my time reliving the past, instead I will spend it worrying about the future
- I will not bore my boss with the same excuse for taking leaves. I will think of other excuses
- I will do less laundry and use more deodorant
- I will avoid taking a bath whenever possible and conserve more water
- Assure my lawyer that I will never again show up drunk at a custody hearing
- I will give up chocolates totally. 100%. Completely. Honestly….
- I will try to figure out why I REALLY need nine e-mail addresses
- I will stop sending e-mails to my wife (husband)
- I resolve to work with neglected children — my own
- I will stop sending e-mail, ICQ’s, Instant Messaging and be on the phone at the same time with the same person
- I will spend less than one hour a day on the internet. This, of course, will be hard to estimate since I’m not a clock watcher
- I will read the manual… just as soon as I can find it
- I will think of a password other than “password”
- I will not tell the same story at every get together
- I won’t worry so much
- I will cut my hair
- I will grow my hair
- I will stop considering other people’s feelings when they so obviously don’t consider mine – if that unwashed fellow sits next to me again, I’ll tell him he stinks!
- I will be more imaginative
- I will not hang around girls – they think you love them and that sucks
- I will not ring the stewardess button on airplanes just to get her phone number
These were not mine. I didn’t set any for 2011, maybe I’ll set some for 2012, (ya, right!)
Ok, ummmmmm repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, oh new – CNN: Anderson Cooper….
ummmmmm repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, oh new – Discovery: Best in the Business….
ummmmmm repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat, oh live – Belk Bowl: Louisville vs N. Carolina State. Is that football?…..
ummmmm repeat, repeat, repeat, oh new – Fox News: The O’Rielly Factor…..
Yep, I can see that it’s going to be a Kindle read’n night tonight.
Let’s see____ Christmas was Sunday, Monday I worked, today I worked. Why does this week feel so long! I could have sworn it was Friday and that tomorrow was New Years Eve. Silly me, we have five more days til 2012.
To think I thought that the year 2000 was so far away when I was a young child. Just the word(s) two-thousand sounded so incredible and to think that I might live that long was beyond my comprehension.
Well, I showed me, I’m still here and going no where soon.
I find the need to tell you about Chris’ Santa request. He’s ten years old and full of fantasy. I enjoy good science fiction, myself. On with the story… I’m pretty good with crafts, always have been since I was real young. Use to make all of my Barbie clothes, jewelery, houses (furnished), cars, beach resorts, etc… I digress. I made Chris a suit of armor out of cardboard and duct tape, the helmet, body armor, arm and leg covers, the whole nine yards. I also made a sword and shield adorned with a mighty fiery dragon.
That was when he was six or seven. He’s grown out of the armor, but will still carry the shield around. Lately, he even tried on the chest armor to see just how small it was. Maybe, I should have caught on then, but I didn’t. Christmas comes and I go to see what Santa brought. Fifteen boxes, six rolls of duct tape and scissors. (other stuff too, but I can’t remember anything else) I’m looking at it thinking maybe he’s going to build a fort. He had recently rearranged his room so he would be enclosed in a cave. When I asked him why Santa brought him these things, he excitedly said, “So you can make me a new set of armor. I have battles to fight.”
Later I found out that he had gone to each parent requesting different items, Dad=boxes, Mom=scissors, Step-Dad=duct tape. He wasn’t chancing that Santa might overlook something. No, he’d gone to each parent and placed a specific order to make sure he got what he “needed”. Battles to fight, don’t you know.
One more year and then he’ll be in Jr. High, I bet they eat him alive. OR maybe he won’t be of this world, just in it. I love him.