Mayan Calendar Doesn't Actually End in 2012
Sorry, apocalypse watchers
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 20, 2010 11:11 AM CDT
Updated Oct 24, 2010 2:35 PM CDT
A Mayan calendar column is seen in Quirigua, Yucatan peninsula, Mexico, Aug. 13, 1929.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Good news everyone: the world will (probably) not end in 2012! The millions of people no doubt living in abject fear of the end of the Mayan calendar can breathe a sigh of relief, because the conversion of dates from the Mayan calendar to our calendar could be off by 50 to 100 years, a new textbook argues. They're not sure when the calendar actually ends, only that the current estimate is probably wrong.

The much-hyped Dec. 21, 2012 apocalypse is based on the end of the Mayan calendar. But the textbook, Calendars and Years II: The Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World, argues against key evidence supporting the currently accepted conversion of that calendar to Gregorian. (LiveScience has the technical details.) Without that evidence, the book argues, the whole theory tumbles “like a stack of cards.” So, who’s going to break this to Roland Emmerich?

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passinthru
Oct 25, 2010 12:01 AM CDT
who cares? they were wrong regardless.
WallyEFunk
Oct 24, 2010 4:58 PM CDT
So Obama will be on a second term and the world won't end. Concervitives with there..... death panels , communist, world will end... LOL
Disillusioned
Oct 24, 2010 3:38 PM CDT
I honestly don't care and if they think I am going to cancel my first annual "The world is ending and the Lizard Men are taking over as Planet X tears us Apart Party" they have another thing coming. Elvis is invited and JFK is on his way over so the nay Sayers can screw themselves and if they don't like it I dare them to knock the tin foil cap off my head :)