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2012 & The End Of The World

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History has a long and rich tradition of apocalyptic predictionsall of which were wrongyet
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some people still think that this timeround in 2012 is the real deal.
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Why 2012? Because of ancient Mayan calendars. Obviously.
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Mayan calendars not only recorded the days and years, but also longer cycles of about
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5 Millennia. So they could easily make calendars that went
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1,000s of years into the future. But, of course, 1,000s of years in the future from 1,000s
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of years ago brings us to current times when the Mayan calendars stop in 2012.
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Modern new-agey people decided that the wise Mayans stopped making calendars because they
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knew when the world would end. And because new agers are happythough
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scientifically illiteratepeople their vision of 2012 was a great spiritual awakening
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or world reboot or other hippy-consciousness-expanding nonsense that the Mayans, who spent time puling
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strings of thorns through peoplestongue, probably didnt have in mind.
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To a normal person the thought that: calendar finishes therefore end of the world is an
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odd conclusion to draw. After all, the amount of time in the Universe
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is infinite and the amount of stone is limited. So, at some point the Mayans had to stop carving
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calendars. But never mind.
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What should have stayed a fringe belief turned into mass hysteria with the 2012 disaster
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movie that swept the academy awards and the numerous emmy-nominated apocalypse documentaries
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on ::sigh::
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The History Channel. What happened to you guys?
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Anyway. After this NASA became so inundated with questions that they had to take time
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away from their busy robot building, frontier pushing, knowledge expanding, civilization
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inspiring schedule, to write a webpage explaining that no, a human-sacrificing, stone-age society
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with neither wheels to pull carts nor glass to make telescopes, didnt know more about
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science at the dawn of history than real scientists do today.
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But the parade of crazy marched on anyway making wilder and wilder predictions for Earth
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including: • Geomagnetic Reversal (a process that unfolds
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on a geologic timescale, not a single day) • A collision with mysterious Planet X (That
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no astronomers have found) • A local star going supernova (Despite
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there being no such candidates) • An Alien Invasion (Which is ludicrous
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on the face of itor is it?) • And a galactic synchronization beam, whatever
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the hell that is. A sane person, at this point, would wonder
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how the Mayans were able to predict astro-physical anomalies thousands of years in advance and
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millions of miles away yet didnt foresee the Spanish coming across the Atlantic.
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And thats because the Mayans never predicted apocalypse. The only people to claim the Mayans
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knew about the end of the world were distinctly not Mayans.�
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