Thursday, December 20, 2012

New Zealand still stands as the 13th b'ak'tun ends

Anyone who recalls the end of the world prophecy by Harold Camping in which the world would be destroyed time zone by time zone on May 21, 2011 (and later, on Oct. 21, 2011 after a recalculation) will also recall the news that came out of the first time zone unaffected, New Zealand: They told the world "We're still here."

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As Dec. 21, 2012 dawned on New Zealand, the result was the same for a different apocalypse, the Mayan Apocalypse, as the Mayan calendar "ended." "We're still here."

There were no earthquakes, tidal waves, hurricanes, or rogue planets intersecting the path of Earth as the day dawned in the earliest time zone. While the United States still has a long way to go before Dec. 21, there is no sign of the Planet Nibiru and the Nibiru cataclysm, either.

Those still concerned about the end of the world should not that there's no conclusive information indicating whether or not the world will end when Dec. 21 strikes the first time zone, or that instead all the time zones have past or met Dec. 21 before that happens.

This differs from Camping's version, in which each time zone was supposed to be destroyed, one after another, until all were gone.

Fears of the end of the world on Dec. 21 stem from the fact that on Dec. 21, the Mayan calendar will "end." Given that, the worrywarts among humanity have been concerned -- some even convinced -- for some time that the world with end on that date.

Where does the believe over the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012 come from? According to Wikipedia, it's due to a misinterpretation of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar.
A misinterpretation of the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar is the basis for a popular belief that a cataclysm will take place on Dec. 21, 2012. Dec. 21, 2012 is simply the day that the calendar will go to the next b'ak'tun, at Long Count The date on which the calendar will go to the next piktun (a complete series of 20 b'ak'tuns), at Long Count, will be on Oct. 13, 4772.
If nothing else, the end of the world rumor produced the movie disaster "2012," which took in $769,679,473 globally. At the very least, the film fattened the coffers of Columbia Pictures.

NASA was pretty sure the world would not end on  Dec. 21.  The agency produced a press release about "Why the world didn't end" and posted it long before the date.

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