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Will the World End on Dec. 21?

The Mayans may or may not have predicted the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21. Do you buy it?

Time for another Patch poll, and it's simple this time: Do you expect the world to end on Dec. 21, 2012?

Apocalypse in the house ...

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.

But maybe they're just fun-haters: there are a number of parties 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.

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. At that time,  Indeed he was right. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

So what do you think? Are we doomed? Or not so much? Let us know!

katherine December 18, 2012 at 02:48 PM
I think its just going to be a big disaster mush of us will die but the world will continue
sam December 18, 2012 at 06:35 PM
i think , de world will continue to do de same of what it does so far .........
Forhad December 19, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Seriously
Forhad December 19, 2012 at 12:01 AM
What A myth
Nicole Vultao December 19, 2012 at 01:42 AM
The world wont end so people stop being stupid and believing in these myths
nICOLE December 19, 2012 at 02:35 PM
i hope we will be fine!!!!!!!!

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