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Apocalypse Now? Officials Say the World Won't End Dec. 21

What's the deal with all this end of the world talk?

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the end of the world, most of it around the date Dec. 21, 2012. 

However, experts are saying it's best to go on with your Christmas shopping, because an impending apocalypse appears unlikely to happen.

There is no evidence that Earth will be destroyed by a solar flare that day and scientists have not detected any planets likely to break Earth's orbit and bump against us. Those in the know are also saying that the end of the Mayan calendar does not portend any disaster.

“The best thing about this 2012 nonsense is it creates interest in the Mayan people,” stated Van Stone, an end-of-world debunker and professor at Southwestern College, in an interview with City News Service. “People can go down there and see what the Maya are really like.”

Where did this debate come from?

According to a story on Yorkville Patch, there are several 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; it might go without saying, but, most 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.

The experts weigh in:

The growing concerns among some people over the end of the world predictions has prompted officials and experts to weigh in on the subject.

Even NASA put out a statement about all of the collective doomsday prophecies:

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.

Tampa Bay’s New College Professor Gabrielle Vail said of the belief in impending apocalypse, 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.

What do you think? Is the world ending in a few days or are you making sure to get those presents wrapped on time? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Clifton Clark December 19, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I refer to my bible when ridiculous claims like this are made and without a doubt in my mind this story is Bogus! A woman named Nancy Lieder came up with this garbage in the 90's claiming she channeled alien life from planet X a.k.a. Planet Nibru. When her failed prediction didn't happen in 2003 she looked for another significant date and what a better date than the end of the Mayan calendar to attach this theory to. Even hundreds of Mayan elders are claiming that this story holds no water and they never claimed the end of the world would happen this Friday. These who make up these fairy tales are only scaring children and adults alike and some are talking about committing suicide. Shame on these fear mongers for spreading this 2nd grade garbage! See you all on the 22nd :)
TJ December 20, 2012 at 03:25 AM
That is so true. First I was scared that the world really would end on the 21st but after hearing the news that the elder Mayans and NASA saying the world wont end I felt much better. Merry Christmas everyone! And Happy New Year! (And be prepared for more hoaxes about the world ending again in the new future.)
Courtney December 20, 2012 at 04:29 AM
I have some anxiety problems, so you can imagine how I felt when the movie 2012 came out. Heck! I cried, I felt sick and wanted to throw up and I did once, I had panic attacks one after another. Yes, I am confessing these embarrassing facts about myself, but these panic attacks and anxiety problems occurred ever since that movie came out and people started making predictions. Now that I see that the "3 days of darkness" was a hoax, the NASA predicts the world won't end, and even Mayans of the same culture as those from many years ago believe the world won't end my anxiety problems are going away. I still have bad anxiety, but thanks to these statements I feel so much better and I want to say thank you.
x December 20, 2012 at 04:43 AM
The world may well not end on Friday, but how about four more years of Obama? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
Cameron Batchelor December 20, 2012 at 04:51 AM
The world can't end cuz when the last "end of the world" date (August 11, 3114 BCE) occurred the world didn't end. These dates such the one previous and this upcoming Friday are called Mayan epochs. But these dates aren't the only epochs, apparently this Friday is the 5th epoch or the starting of the 5th sun. And we have records of the world before the last epoch so thus the world didn't "restart" then either. But the Mayans believe that something wil happen on these epochs. The long count is based on 13 b'ak'tuns (144,000 days Each) so at the end of the 13 period there is something suppose to happen but definately not the world ending. The Mayans never said that, that idea is just us stupid rednecks. So that means that we will get to experience something on the 21st but what is the question? I guess that's something to figure out on Friday! :)
x December 20, 2012 at 05:08 AM
Cameron, There may be no limit to taxes or spending. Those who work hard, and are successful, have been vilified. Entitlements are the norm. Elizabeth Warren was elected to represent the Commonwealth. Where is that on the Mayan calendar? Reverend E. Raleigh Pimperton III
BlessedV December 20, 2012 at 01:38 PM
All worlds must end in due time... hopefully mine will end after a well -lived, long 90-100 plus years. Party at my house on the 22nd of December, 2012.
Ammad gardazi December 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
It can never be true,and end of the world is only in the hand of allah and his books and profit explanations,so if you are a perfect muslim,never believe on such fake tales,and if with the will of allah this is going to be happen than we should be happy because we are going to meet with allah and his beloved prophet muhammad(pbuh).its a time to be happy,apart from this this is just a foke tale,no one knows about the future but allah.be happy and be brave
jonathan December 20, 2012 at 08:57 PM
it wont end
jonathan December 20, 2012 at 09:00 PM
it wont end because the bible says we dont kno when it will be and dec.21 is a day we kno and its not going to end xD . over 25 million people say its going to end and those 25 million people are going to regret it see you all on the 22nd :D
Susan December 20, 2012 at 11:34 PM
Ha ha. So true Reverend preach on brother.
natalie schroeder December 21, 2012 at 01:44 AM
Not only do i love you people for commenting on this website with positive thoughts, but you are all so right about this "end of the world" crap. Not only are people gullible (like me) and take in these ridiculous stories and spread them all over, but people are stupid for telling their children these things. Why put your children in such fear? My mother did that to me, and i tell you what, i have/had plenty of sleepless nights for three years and it has put me in a big depression. Your kids shouldn't be in fear and have to worry about this when you don't even know if it's actually gonna happen. yes it could happen and people may need to be prepared but it's unlikely to happen. Just enjoy your Christmas and new years. God knows when it's your time. Everyone has their own time. Stay positive everyone and enjoy these next 50+ years of your young lives. Happy Holidays!
Rashaan Phiddy December 21, 2012 at 04:29 AM
i feel you on this bro! i dont believe in this end of the world crap.

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