Experts: Mayans Did Not Predict End of World

According to an article on NBCnews.com, the Maya's "long count" calendar, the end of the world was not predicted; it was the end of a cycle called a "baktun."

Temecula residents worried about cataclysmic changes occurring Dec. 21 should take a breath and relax.

Just because the "long count" calendar ended for the Maya, signifying the end of a bundle of time called a "baktun," does not mean it is the end of the world.

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."

According to the article, the Mayans predicted droughts and other events that would affect them, even predicting events thousands of years into our present-day, indicating that they expected a future to come.

"There are many ancient Maya monuments that discuss events far into the future from now," wrote Geoffrey Braswell, an anthropologist at the University of California at San Diego. "The ancient Maya clearly believed things would happen far into the future from now," the article read.

Tarmack September 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM
With Iran only months away from getting a nuke, threatening to blow away Israel and then the United States, and with Obama saying he doesn't plan to do anything to stop Iran, I was a tad-bit worried as December 21 approached :)
Vor September 30, 2012 at 06:46 AM
Tarmack....I'm not an Obama fan but please send me the quote where he said he was not planning to do anything about Iran's nuclear ambitions.
Tarmack September 30, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Vor, so glad you asked. Last Sunday, in an interview with 60 Minutes: "So if Governor Romney is suggesting that we should start another war, he should say so," Obama said. Obama is obviously criticizing Romney about the "possibility" of using military force, if needed, to stop Iran from getting a nuke. Doesn't Obama feel the same way? According to his statement, it appears not. Romney's statements were that he will not allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon. Here is an excerpt from an article in the WSJ: "...but the ayatollahs will have no trouble understanding its meaning from a Romney administration: If you want peace, prepare for war." Netanyahu this last week told the UN that Iran could be months away from final stages of completing its nuclear program and, still, Obama refuses to do anything militarily-wise to stop them. Sanctions are not working and haven't for 15 years. In an interview with Newsmax Magazine on September 30, 2012, Rick Santorum said, “The president’s been very clear and his positions don’t jibe...You can’t say I want to stop Iran and then say I won’t do anything policywise that will stop Iran, and that’s why Benjamin Netanyahu has said what he said: that we have to have policies that draw a red line and this president is refusing to do it. Read more on Newsmax.com: Santorum: Obama Won’t Stop Iran From Going Nuclear Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!
Tarmack September 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
Ooops, the date of Santorum's interview was Friday, September 28, 2012.
KB September 30, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Well if Israel get's it's way WWIII will start pretty soon.
Stanley September 30, 2012 at 11:10 PM
So entertaining reading the local Fox 'News' morons with their opinions. Keep 'em coming I need a laugh.
Adrian September 30, 2012 at 11:15 PM
On December 22nd, I am going to host a "World's still here, you idiot" party. I am going to invite all of my friends whom were convinced by the 2012 hysteria. Dunce caps will be provided at the door!
Tarmack October 01, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Stanley, you probably still think the US Embassy in Libya was just a protest that was started by an anti-muslim video. Those of us who watch Fox News got the REAL news weeks before you ObamaZombies. You realize, don't you, that Obama is targeting the uninformed and ignorant voters. He doesn't waste time with people like me because he knows I have his number and would never vote for him. But he can feed people like you a bunch of propaganda and you will fall for it. Keep your comments coming, I enjoy seeing how stupid people really can be. If you want to talk issues, let's go. Comments like you just made show your absolute ignorance.
Tarmack October 01, 2012 at 03:37 AM
Iran's tyrannical dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been threatening for years to blow Israel off the face of the earth. He calls them the "Little Satan". Then he says he will come after the "Big Satan", AKA the United States. Iran has been testing long range missiles, capable of reaching Israel: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/iran-test-fires-missiles-designed-hit-warships-17317098#.UGkK3bukFbo Iran has been giving weapons to Hamas, terrorists who have been lobbing missiles into Israel for years now. Intel shows Iran may have nuclear capabilities in the next few months. Israel is saying they will not wait for Iran to get nukes - and I don't blame them. If WWIII starts, it will be because of Iran, not Israel. Iran can't threaten to destroy Israel in one breath and then say their nuclear program is for peaceful purposes in the other. Israel must take whatever action is necessary to defend itself.
SPB October 01, 2012 at 05:28 PM
@ Tamarack The US is a bit further away from Iran than Israel. Even if Iran got nukes, then perfected the technology to strap the warheads to a rocket, then figured out how to get the rockets to get to where they wanted to go, then built up enough of a supply to warrant a standing threat against the US, they still wouldn't be able to hit America. Please don't confuse an attack on Israel with an attack on the US. As much as certain members of government would like to think otherwise, we are different countries. While a nuclear attack would certainly be a terrible event, I don't think Iran would just jump out and start launching rockets. The clerical leaders of Iran have the same desire for self preservation than we do in the west. They know an unprovoked nuclear attack would spell the end of their regime, and ultimately ideology, nationalism and territorial disputes always take a back seat to maintaining power. Its hard to do that when you've invited most of the industrialized military powers of the world to start bombing your country to Mad Max status. Also, Ahmadinejad may be a douche, but he isn't a tyrannical dictator. He takes his marching orders from the ruling clerics. Everything that comes out of his mouth is propaganda and intimidation. Propaganda for a population rapidly liberalizing with access to modern communications technology, and intimidation to account for the fact that Iran is a middle weight power at best. Small dog, loud yap, the end.
trenchf00t October 01, 2012 at 11:46 PM
No, guys, the end of the world is really coming! Sell me your gold and land; here is some green paper -- you can use it to have a good time before the rapture!
Adrian October 02, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Haha, Trench. You're funny; rapture %P
Net October 08, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Obama isn't doing anything about it because he is a closet Muslim and hopes for Sharia law in the US someday.


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