Friday, December 14, 2012

'Mayan Apocalypse' One Week Away

Artist's conception of the rogue planet Nibiru, or Planet X.
Humanity has just one week left to get its affairs in order, if you believe the doomsayers.

The world will come to an end next Friday (Dec. 21), according to one interpretation of the Mayan calendar that has found a number of believers online. Many different apocalyptic scenarios are envisioned, from a cataclysmic asteroid strike to a monster solar storm.

The source of the anxiety is the Mayan Long Count calendar, whose 13th bak'tun (or 144,000-day cycle) wraps up on Dec. 21. To the ancient Maya, this milestone would have marked the end of a cycle of creation — a fact doomsayers have seized on to bolster their dire predictions. 

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