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Will the World End Today?

What the experts say about 12/21/12, Doomsday prophesies, the end of the Mayan calendar and why everyone's stressed over it.

Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice.

Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance—they had to end it somewhere!

What is all the fuss about? 

There are a number of theories and predictions that call for earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012. They include:

  • The ending of the Mayan calendar: The Mayans, according to a Sarasota Patch article, kept three separate calendars. The “long calendar” ends on Dec. 21. Some say this constitutes a Doomsday prediction; many do not.
  • Nostradamus: That famed French seer from the 1500s has been credited with predicting several end-of-the-world scenarios that some believe will take place in 2012. The website December212012.com points to the potential sparking of World War III on this date.
  • The collision of Earth and the supposed planet Nibiru: This supposed space catastrophe was initially predicted to strike in 2003. The planet in question was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, according to NASA. When the world didn’t end in 2003, the date was moved to December 2012 for the deadly collision with earth.

What are the experts saying?

The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made many scholars and even NASA address these claims with formal statements.

From professors at Tampa Bay’s own New College to the scientific minds at NASA, they’re all saying the same thing: Go ahead and pay that mortgage bill and wrap those holiday presents.

In regard to the ending of the Mayan calendar, New College’s Gabrielle Vail says this, according to Sarasota Patch:

There are many misconceptions about the Mayans. If you look at their calendar alone, the Mayans kept three calendars. The one that has prompted the end of the world predictions was their "long count calendar"—a 5,125 year calendar. The calendar began August 11, 3114 B.C., and ends Dec. 21, 2012.

She said the Mayans wrote about dates beyond Dec. 21, 2012, "well, well into the future, trillions of years." They also wrote about dates before the 5,125-year calendar began.

Here’s what NASA has to say about all of the collective Doomsday prophesies:

The world will not end in 2012. 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.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

natasha December 21, 2012 at 06:31 AM
Im still trippin out. Even tho i read everything saying it isnt going to happen i still sit here and wonder weither it rlly will.. Its 230am and nothing but we still have hours to go of the 21st .. Ill believe its a lie when its the 22nd
raheem esau December 21, 2012 at 06:52 AM
i heard they changed it to the 25th.
ghayaz December 21, 2012 at 07:13 AM
who has changed buddy ? is it like a meeting to postpone and prepone..:)
tinashe jani December 21, 2012 at 10:21 AM
we just put our lyvz in the hands of GOD ALMIGHTY
Siggy Johnsen December 21, 2012 at 06:24 PM
They ran out of a rock to write on XD
Jennifer RIVERO saguilan December 22, 2012 at 01:09 AM
I want to know if the world is going to end yes or no I need the truth

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