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Mayan Apocalypse Must Be Real if NASA Is Talking About the End of the World

by Jennifer Lawinski on November 29, 2012 at 5:56 PM

ApocalypseEven NASA has started to chatter about the upcoming supposed Mayan Apocalypse, so maybe it's not just the crazy-pants ramblings of ancient-astrology aficionados? (Actually, yes it is. It very much is.) The year's End of the World prediction has become such a talked-about issue that NASA says it gets emails and letters from people who worry that the world as we know it really is going end on December 21, 2012. On the Mayan calendar, that date marks the end of a calendar cycle called the 13th b'ak'tun.

Now, Mayan scholars say there's no reason to believe this date predicts anything of the sort, but the conspiracy-mongers of the world say some cosmic event will end all life on Earth that day. Why would NASA comment about something like this?

It's for the children.

NASA officials are worried that the fear-mongering is actually freaking out impressionable kids and teens, and they worry some may even plan to commit suicide to avoid the apocalypse.

NASA's so on top of it they've compiled lists debunking Mayan Apocalypse myths. But where did this idea actually come from?

The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Well, that makes perfect sense. Not.

NASA says everyone should chill out. There are no rogue planets hurling toward Earth, so we can all calm down and stop freaking each other out. There also won't be freakishly devastating solar flares, and we won't be wiped out by an asteroid. We also don't have to worry about the Earth's magnetic field abruptly shifting, or about being instantaneously sucked into the black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Yes, these are all things people are actually afraid might happen. Are they all that far-fetched? Sure, being sucked into a black hole we might see coming, but they don't all sound out of the realm of possibility. What if there really is something they're not telling us?

Do you believe the world will end on December 21?

 

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  • Takara
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    Takara

    November 29, 2012 at 6:03 PM
    Lmfao seriously??? The Mayans never said there would be an apocalypse only that the cycle would end in December... You know what happens after that? A new cycle begins!
  • cmjaz
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    cmjaz

    November 29, 2012 at 6:04 PM
    I'm not worried about any of that but any foreign body floating in space CAN be hidden behind the sun. Though not likely. I'm more worried about a nuke war between Iran and Israel.
  • Karla...
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    Karla C. Mulrenan

    November 29, 2012 at 7:18 PM
    I could care less. Im happy, Im living and enjoying life. Why worry about some date? Even if the world does end we'll be dead and no one can run from death. So...... I honestly dont care if it does or doesnt.
  • power...
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    powertothekids

    November 29, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    well said karla


  • Laurlev
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    Laurlev

    November 29, 2012 at 8:20 PM
    Yep.
  • C
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    C

    November 29, 2012 at 8:24 PM
    From what I read recently they have found the part of the calendar that continues where the original left off.

    And just a heads up, it's Maya not Mayan. Maya is the culture, Mayan is the language
  • MsRkg
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    MsRkg

    November 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    No I don't believe it , but I predict that a lot of people who DO believe this Mayan prophecy are going to be quite mad when they wake up on 12/22/12 and realize that they actually have to buy Christmas presents.


  • Maryah
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    Maryah

    November 29, 2012 at 9:29 PM
    Since the Mayans didn't have leap years (which was invented by Ceaser), technically, the world should have ended 7months ago. That's when 12/2012 would have been w/o leap years ; )
  • Histo...
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    HistoryMamaX3

    November 29, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    Why did you delete my comment?!?

    I pointed out how irresponsible it was to make a joke out of a serious issue and you're offended enough to delete my comment? How childish.

    I'll say it again- If you READ the full story, NASA is trying to calm down a wide-spread panic amongst a group of teens and young people that are creating suicide pacts and scared for their lives. This is a real issue- and you're making light of something that they are working hard to downplay.

     

    What a terrible shame that you'd rather delete a comment trying to point out facts than deal with the fact that your story is shameful and downright irresponsible.


  • ivego...
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    ivegotrhythm

    November 30, 2012 at 12:00 AM

    I guess I should reschedule my sons dentist's appointment.  It's hardly the last memory I want him to have if the world is going to end.


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