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Conspiracy Nutters?!

Ok so upon reading about Politics and Barack Obama, I came across a question about the world ending 12/21/12...what is this about?! Anyone believe this bollocks and is there any SCIENTIFIC proof on it....I think I'm busy that day. :-|


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DirtBikerMomma9

Asked by DirtBikerMomma9 at 9:51 AM on Nov. 7, 2008 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Actually, I have been hearing this for YEARS, it's based on the Mayan Calendar ending I believe -- the rumor has been around way before Obama -- there are always nutters out there with dates ;-)
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 9:56 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • The Mayan calander stops on that day.

    Also, there is some guy that plotted the I Ching against a timeline, and it stops around that same time. Plus Nostradamus and Cayce, and some other oracular types supposedly have some "radical change" predictions, depending on how you read them, for the same time frame.

    Additionally, according to NASA, the sun is due to shift polarity in 2012 (which is no big deal, it does it all the time, last time was in 2000 or 2001)...

    Also there is some conspiracy BS about the earth shifting polarity in 2012 (which happens, but not often, and its not predictable like it is for the sun, and we have never observed it occuring before, so if/when it does, we don't know exactly what will happen--though there are some ideas) in response to some rare planetary alignment or something---but considering no REPUTABLE scietinfic organization is talking about it, I wouldn't worry too much!
    thalassa

    Answer by thalassa at 10:17 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • Yeah...the Mayan calander reference has been floating around for YEARS...I remember watching a Discover channel special on it back in the late 80s...

    Personally, I think they stopped making the calender when they ran out of funding, time and personel...

    ...because the Spanish kicked their butts
    thalassa

    Answer by thalassa at 10:19 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • thanks thalassa, i didn't know all those details.
    KnoxvilleDoula

    Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 10:26 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • There have been tons of "prophecies" on the end of the world and they all came and passed. The 12/21/12 Does come from the Mayan calendars. However the year 2012 is simply when the Mayan Calendar "stops" or rather ends an entire cycle of their Long Count calendar which was a combination of the 365 day Solar calendar and the 260 day Ceremonial calendar. They used a base 20 scheme and syntax method for calculating the Long Count Calendar. So the date 12/21/2012 is really their "reset date" for the Calendar starting it over again at 0. Kind of like when you have your clock set for the 24 hour settings commonly known as "Military time". 11:59PM is in the 24 hour period 23:59 and 12 midnight is 00:00 in military time better known as "Four balls".
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:29 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • @ kristi
    and they couldn't make another long calender count b/c they all died off, correct?


    @ thalass, that was funny!
    DirtBikerMomma9

    Answer by DirtBikerMomma9 at 10:34 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • Well they wouldn't need to. The long count calendar remains the same it would just start at all 0's again. Kind of like Military time. When the clock reaches 23:59 we don't need a new system to count the time it just "rolls over" to all 0's again. The Mayan calendar is similar in that it doesn't need a new calendar it's just that the method they used for counting began at the beginning again. For example in their count 0.0.0.1.5 is equal to 25, and 0.0.0.2.0 is equal to 40. So they have 20 spaces of 0's to fill. So when it's say 9.9.9.9.9 on a base 5 system the next he counting system would revert back to the 0.0.0.0.0
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:43 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • so it's like a speedometer then?
    DirtBikerMomma9

    Answer by DirtBikerMomma9 at 10:45 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • You could say that, yeah. That's a good example of how it works.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:50 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

  • And based on their counting method 12/21/12 is the day when the Mayan "speedometer" is supposed to "reset" itself.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 10:51 AM on Nov. 7, 2008

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