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Will the World End on Friday?

In one of many doomsday myths, it's is widely believed the ancient Mayans predicted that the apocalypse will occur on Dec. 21. Beware of zombies.

December 21 is the winter solstice; it's also when the ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world, or does it?

In any case, it's beginning to feel a little like Y2K all over again.

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 the 5,125-year Mayan calendar, when it 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. On May 22, 2011, the sun rose just as surely as it had the day before.

Anyone having an end of the world party? How about a going out of business sale?

European American. December 17, 2012 at 04:27 PM
You would have to be an absolute moron and completely uneducated to think the world is going to end Friday. The Mayans didn't "predict" the end of the world, it's just the end of that particular calendar cycle. A couple times a year some yahoo predictis the end of the world. Be logical people.
tom December 17, 2012 at 05:11 PM
just say is the world gonna end on Friday December 21st
Bob December 17, 2012 at 05:33 PM
If the world ends on Friday, What starts on Saturday?
Walter lamb December 17, 2012 at 05:38 PM
If the world does end on Friday I'm gonna be mad
Bob December 17, 2012 at 06:06 PM
What's your favorite 12-21-12 joke? Japanese restaurants could offer pufferfish specials. What will the newspaper obituaries look like on Sunday for people who died on Friday?
Zach December 17, 2012 at 07:41 PM
People are seriously so dumb they think the world will end Friday ... So sad we live among people like that.
Jennifer Neely December 17, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I love your comment!
Jennifer Neely December 17, 2012 at 07:51 PM
The world is not going to end on Friday. I dont get why people believe this crap.
jada Crowley December 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Only God knows when the world will end not even the angles in heaven know!!!!
European American. December 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM
The world is going to end when the sun dies off. Nothing to do with god or angels
Jennifer Neely December 17, 2012 at 11:58 PM
How do people know when the world will end. This is a bunch of crap that is not true.
Vanessa Knowles December 18, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Like Jada Crowley said, only God knows when the world is going to end. You see the false prediction for May 21st, right? I say those demons out there sit down somewhere, trying to scare up angels of God. Please. Go to your freaking master. Lucifer. He's gonna need help when Jesus returns.
European American. December 18, 2012 at 12:39 AM
Wow. Do u religious people understand that u are the downfall of religion? U sound like a brainwashed robot programmed to say only what ur told to say from a list of acceptable things deemed by the church. The same people who say god loves and forgives everyone yet they hates gay people, commit gay pedophilia and turned a blind eye during the holocaust. And your so called loving god also allows innocent children to be slaughtered.
Quentin Fowler December 18, 2012 at 02:20 AM
I think people are just stupid to think the world will end I mean really come on it is fake go read what NASA said about it come on people! by: TheQuentinizer777 @ Youtube
sloane December 18, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Well said Jared in hatboro.
Gerald your boy December 18, 2012 at 05:35 AM
Shut up about the world is gonna end. Jared in hatsboro, GOD will get his revenge on you.
jamie a michael December 18, 2012 at 07:50 AM
Haha , that old gut a thousand years ago called noltradame or how ever its spelt , pridicted 9.11 and bali bombings even world war 1,2, and when the world would end witch is 21/12/2012 , just think that 2 people from two differnt times have said it mmmm maybe somthing might happen
Kimberly December 18, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I am planning to be here. Jamie A Michael and Jared, maybe you're planning something... I would hope the monitor on this site will be watching you. If it does end and John Becker lives through it, does he still have to go to prison on the 26th?
Kimberly December 18, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Oopp sorry Jared meant to write Tom.
jamie a michael December 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Im not saying it will im just keeping an open mind , about the posilbilty
DJ December 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Well God spoke to me and told me that the world was ending, and I am an angel. So I guess that proves you wrong. Also, he said to enjoy a troegs mad elf because it is delicious.
DJ December 18, 2012 at 12:57 PM
You know when God and I were talking over a troegs mad elf we started talking about Lucifer, turns out he actually likes him just thinks he gets a bad rap because he is surrounded by hellfire all the time. Turns out he is a really congenial dude that loves kittens.
Andy Mikel December 18, 2012 at 01:37 PM
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ryan bellah December 18, 2012 at 03:06 PM
im so tired of hearing about this shit the myans predicted this.....nostradomus predicted that... guess what my calender ends every year n i gotta take my ass to the store n buy a new fuckin calender
DJ December 18, 2012 at 04:41 PM
I believe your money would be better spent on a spelling book.
steven wayne smith December 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Jesus will initiate the end of the world on a day appointed by God (Acts 17:31). Therefore, it will not be initiated by a natural catastrophe. The only way that the world will end on friday is if that is the appointed day God has chosen to send Christ(2 Thessalonians 1:7,8).
Briana Ireland December 20, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Mkay, quick question for the religious people. If god created man, what created god? Hmmm honestly scientists have already said that the human race was made up from cells, and atoms, and all that good stuff.. plus if god created man how come they come from a female? And for the Dec21,2012 trip.. yeah i dont see anything bad happening but may a whole lot of people going mad and crazy cause they think "the world is gonna end". So really most likely alot pf people will die tomorrow thinking that its the end of the world so "f**k it".
European American. December 20, 2012 at 01:21 PM
Don't religious people say that god created man in his own image? So god is apparently a mentally ill 20 something psycho who slaughters children. Not exactly the kind of figure I want to follow.

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