1. December 21, 2012: The “End” of the Mayan Calendar
As I write this, December 21, 2012 isn’t even over yet in most of the world, but suffice to say it probably won’t happen. If it does, though, no one will be around to correct my mistake, so it’s a bet I’m willing to take. One of the prevailing theories goes that the Mayan calendar abruptly ends on 12/21/12. The Mayans were astute scientists — if they didn’t bother to continue their calendar after that date, the theory goes, — it’s because the world won’t exist any longer.
The part that’s left out of this theory? Well, the Mayans didn’t mean for December 21, 2012 to be the end of the world, they meant it to be the end of a cycle of time. A new cycle will start on what we refer to as December 22, 2012, and what the Mayans, would call Day 0. Think of it as, well, New Year’s Day on steroids.
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