It’s the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine

Tried to find some good explanation as to why the world was supposed to end today but it’s all gobblygook (probably a word for another day).

 

Here’s one explanation but if you’re not interested just go to the bottom

Today is the final day in the 13th 144,000-day cycle of the ancient Mayan Long Count Calendar — otherwise known as the Mayan apocalypse.

Nevermind that the ancient Maya never predicted an apocalypse, and that their calendar is, in fact, capable of continuing on for millions of years. The idea of a world-ending event in 2012 bubbled up on conspiracy-minded corners of the Internet and caught on in pop culture with movies like the 2009 release “2012.” The end result? Chinese farmers making “doomsday escape pods,” NASA being flooded with worried phone calls, and supposedly mystical mountains in Europe getting overrun with apocalypse tourists.

Doomsday scares have been happening for hundreds of years, but most are sparked by charismatic leaders issuing divine proclamations. Not so for the Mayan apocalypse scare.

‘It’s quite unlike any other doomsday prediction.’

– Lorenzo DiTommaso, a professor of religion at Concordia University

“It’s quite unlike any other doomsday prediction,” said Lorenzo DiTommaso, a professor of religion at Concordia University in Montreal.

Roots of an apocalypse myth

The Mayan apocalypse arises from one of three calendars the ancient Maya used and carved on temples and monuments. This particular calendar, the Long Count Calendar, recorded the days since the Maya’s mythical creation date in five chunks of time. First, the k’in, which counted day-by-day up to 20 before rolling over like a car odometer into units called uinals. One uinal is 20 days. Uinals then counted upward to the next unit, called a tun, with each tun consisting of 18 uinals, or a total of 360 days.

From there, the cycles continue. Twenty tuns become one ka’tun (7,200 days total) and 20 ka’tuns become one b’ak’tun (144,000 days total, or close to 400 years).

By matching Mayan calendar dates to our own calendar, researchers have concluded that Dec. 21, 2012, is the likely date for the last day of the 13th b’ak’tun. (Dec. 23 or Dec. 24 are other possibilities, thanks to different units on the calendar turning over at different times of day.)

Written in modern translation, that makes Dec. 21, in Mayan date, 13.0.0.0.0. Tomorrow, Dec. 22 will be 13.0.0.0.1

That all sounds rather far-fetched so here’s 2 things to remember. 
1.  If you ever predict the end of the world, be vague and don’t give a date.  Things like “The end is near” should keep you out of trouble.
2.  Unless they are receiving royalties, do you think REM wants to be remembered for that song?
 

 

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