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Ok just want to know what people take on the dec 21, 2012 thing is. This is what I found to be the most comprehensive:

The Mayan calendars are methods of measuring time that were developed by the ancient Mayans. They are rather impressive and have evoked the curiosity of many astronomy and/or archaeology experts. They have been studied extensively and they appear to be interpreted well. However, there is one calendar, developed by the ancient Mayans that has caused a great deal of controversy and frustration. The interpretation of the Mayan Long Calendar has left a surprisingly widespread and significant number of people on the cusp of panic.

The so-called “Maya (or Mayan) Calendar” is actually only one of four calendars developed by the ancient Mayans. The calendar that is widely known as the “Maya Calendar” is actually the Mayan Long Count Calendar. All of the Mayan calendars served a purpose. The purpose of the Long Count Calendar was to measure time well into the future or past. Quite simply, it was used to measure hundreds or thousands of years, as opposed to the days, weeks and months in our modern calendars. The Mayan Long Count Calendar is round and covered in ancient Mesoamerican hieroglyphs. Each of these hieroglyphs represents a specific time frame. These are arranged to count the passage of time in multiples of 13 and 20.

Experts have deduced that the Mayan Long Count Calendar began on August 11 or 13, 3114 BC. Based on the hieroglyphs on the calendar, it has been calculated that the calendar ends on either December 21 or 23, 2012. Therefore, the amount of time that the Mayan Long Count Calendar measures is roughly 5,125 years. It is the belief of many that “doomsday” is going to occur on the last day of the Mayan Long Count Calendar. In other words, they believe the world will end on December 21 or 23, 2012. Well, most of them believe it is going to be December 21. What exactly is going to happen is not certain.

From the Believers:

Everywhere you look on the internet and on television; there are references to the end of the world happening in 2012. Some of the stuff you see is obviously nonsense and some of it sounds scholarly enough. Here is some of what believers of the doomsday prophecy are saying.

December 21 is the winter solstice. Furthermore, the Sun will be lining up with the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy on that very same day. Therefore, the end of the Mayan Calendar, the lining up of the sun and the plane of the galaxy and the winter solstice are all occurring at the same time. This is indicative of the fact that something catastrophic is going to occur on that day.

The Yupik Shamans of Siberia are reportedly claiming that the very mysterious changing of the blue whale song is actually a “Song of Death.” The blue whales are singing sadly because they know the end of the world is coming. At one of their meetings, these shamans predicted that the “Great Ending” would be coming in ten years. This meeting was supposedly held in 2002.

There is some speculation that the powerful governments of the Earth know that the end is nigh. The “Doomsday Seed Vault” and the fact that U.S. President Barack Obama wants the troops to come home before 2012 (like all presidential wishes, this is subject to change) is seen as evidence that they are preparing for the end of the world.

Note: There are countless other claims regarding the Mayan Calendar from ancient prophesies matching up with that of the calendar to a planet bursting into our galaxy and smashing into Earth out there on the internet.

From the Skeptics:

Also everywhere you look on the internet and on television, there are experts telling people to calm down. The information debunking the 2012 predictions ranges from serious attempts to explain the calendar in laymen’s terms to exasperated rants telling people to get real. Here are some more serious arguments from the skeptic side.

Yes, December 21, 2012 falls on the winter solstice. There is no evidence to suggest that the winter solstice lining up with any other astrological alignment would cause any kind of disturbance on Earth. Yes, it is possible that the Sun and the plane of the Milky Way Galaxy will be lined up on that day. However, predicting an exact alignment between the Sun and the plane of the galaxy is not exactly easy, or precise. Furthermore, it is possible that the Sun is in rough alignment with the plane of the galaxy for hundreds of years. That is not in the Mayan Long Count Calendar.

Yes, the song of the blue whales is changing and it is a great mystery. However, there is no way to interpret the blue whale’s song at this time. At least, there is no evidence of such a thing. This theory also sounds suspiciously like the dolphins who knew the end of the world was coming in “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams. As for the shaman’s predictions, it has to be a matter of speculation, because there is no way to disprove predictions until they do not come true.

The Mayan Long Count Calendar, like all of the Mayan calendars and our calendars, operates on a cycle. When the cycle ends, a new one begins. It is kind of like when you get to the end of your yearly calendar; you throw it away and open a new one. Do you get nervous that the world is going to end at the end of every year? The problem is, the Mayans stopped using that calendar system a long time ago, so no one will be making one for the new cycle. In this way, it is the end, the end of the Mayan Calendar.

 

 

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I'm honestly not terribly concerned. Until then, bills don't stop being paid, friends don't stop hanging out, and couples don't stop having sex. So I'm going to keep doing all that and more until I die or the world falls apart, or.... I don't know, evil space monkeys come down to enslave us and steal our wifi.
I second you, I got enough to go through at the moment rather than think about that! :D I doubt anything, unless someone is planning something-but most probably i'll be working that day. :)
I think Ill have Del Taco on that day I like their french fries...That way if the world ends Ill have one good last meal and if it doesnt .....well you cant beat good french fries
as far as i am concerned, the only reason the Mayan calender ended in 2012 is because they ran out of room on the damned rock. I do not believe - in the least - that the world will end in December 2012. But that is just my opinion. On the night before Yule 2012, you will find me sitting on my living room couch, getting drunk and making fun of all the idiots wailing and crying in fear for their lives. And on the day of Yule 2012, I will be sleeping soundly in my bed, safe and secure in the knowledge that our Great Mother Earth has survived yet another "end of the world" scare.
Funny.......one of my seventh graders made a comment about it and claimed that he thought that they just hadn't found the stone with the next cycle..... LOL
Herne,,I think I need a new computer thanks to you..I spewed coffee all over the place in laughter..

the only reason the Mayan calender ended in 2012 is because they ran out of room on the damned rock.

I tend to agree..
The only thing I'm nervous about with 2012 is that I'll actually be graduating (finally!) and I'll (hopefully) get to teach in Japan. 2012 is going to be a BIG year for me if everything goes according to my plan.

I think the world will end with nuclear war, personally. And that date isn't pre-ordained. I think the calendar ended in 2012 because they had to stop making it at some point. >_> The whole "the calendar stops there so we're fucked!" mentality makes me think that Dec 31st 2010 is going to be the end of the world too. *head desk*
I hope it does end, i'm sick of people talking about, just get it over with already and give me some good drugs.
It's like the Y2K bug. Once 2012 comes and gone the hysteria will end but people will quickly find something else to be paranoid about. Like the super volcano under Yellowstone which is over due for an eruption. >_>
It's really not a big mystery; the calendar runs out because the calendar-makers were killed by the Spanish invaders. Time, and the world, move on whether we flip the page on the calendar or not. My only plan is to have a good, long chuckle at the expense of the folks who by into this nonsense.
People have been predicting the end of the world as long as I can remember ....
I think its just human nature...As someone who grew up during the cold war and still remembers Abomb drills poorly disguised as storm drills those appocalypse stories stay with you ...even after the logical part of you concludes they are probably a little silly

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