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NASA Debunks Mayan Doomsday Prophecies… AGAIN

Posted by mattusmaximus on December 10, 2012

*Sigh* I’ve said it before, but it is worth saying again…

The World is NOT Going to End on December 21st!!!

[In case you know anyone who thinks it will, please refer them to willtheworldendin2012.com :) ]

Incidentally, if common sense isn’t enough, and you happen to have some poor deluded family member or friend convinced they cannot come out of the basement until after the planet has been turned into a mutant-populated, radioactive hell, you could consider sharing this well-written article with them:

NASA says world won’t end in 2012 despite Mayan  calendar

mayan calendar

We’re less than a month away from the so-called end of the world, but NASA  says you don’t have anything to worry about.

Earlier this month, NASA posted a list of frequently asked questions about  why the world won’t end in 2012, like some believe the Mayans calendar  indicates.

The post explained that Earth has been getting along fine for the last 4  billion years and there is no threat to our planet this year. …

But how can those egghead geeks at NASA be so sure?  Well, there are these things called “logic” and “reason” which tend to give validity to arguments such as this:

… But just as your desk calendar ends on Dec. 31 and world keeps going on, the  same goes for the Mayan calendar, NASA explained. Just before you run out of  pages doesn’t mean life as we know it will cease to exist. …

Personally, I cannot wait until December 22nd.  Because then there are going to be a LOT of people with a LOT of egg on their faces, just like all the other times the world was predicted to end and it didn’t.

In fact, regarding all the doomsday predictions ever made in the past, there is one thing they all have in common: They were all dead wrong.

5 Responses to “NASA Debunks Mayan Doomsday Prophecies… AGAIN”

  1. Woody said

    When I show to friends or work-mates the extra long list of failed doomsday prophecies the effect is always the same. After the first few pages they smile a bit and say something like “I get it” The effect of the list is in it’s length, I haven’t even read the whole thing myself yet.
    As interesting as it can be seeing the dates of the prediction, who gives it, the same name or group often popping up every few years for a page or two, one should have a go anyway, at least starting to read it.
    It’s this feeling of ‘how many failure’s will it take to stop the belief?’ that probably annoys mattusmaximus into posting about another doomsday prediction and once again includes the handy links so that his readers might feel the same effect that he feels when looking over the list of SO many.

    P.S. Everyone should know, if and when a totally natural, unannounced disaster strikes the Earth, even if very little of humanity is affected, every religious nut and other doomsday merchant on the planet will publically announce that although the world was not ended, this was actually the prophesised Armageddon.
    Anyone care to bet?

  2. Deborah Forrester said

    If the Human race believe in god or even do as they say and would live according to the bible. as we all should do . The Bible says no one knows the day ,the hour , or the time, and when god does come he will be like a thief in the night , and it will be in a wink of an eye and we are all heaven bound . praise god, believe in Him , and live according to his words and not by what people say but gods words not mans words love god ,he died for us .

  3. PJ said

    Mayan Calendar

    First; it is well known that the Mayan/Aztec calendar is the most comprehensive and correct as any calendar appearing on Earth.ever made.

    It is an Astronomical Calendar, sometimes noted as a type of “Tropical Solar Calendar”, which uses the equinoxes as a base. But unlike simple Solar Calendars, they considered all the pertinent factors, regarding the Earths rotation as it travels around the Sun. You may have heard about the axial procession, which is the slow and continuous change in the orientation of an astral body. The resulting “polar shift” changes the equinox’s and necessarily the Calendar. Modern world has only, in the last couple of hundred years, begun to realize that. 20 minutes a year, which equals 102,500 minutes /17,008 hours, in the Calendars 5125 years. I believe they chose the end of each Batun (5125 years mark) to adjust the Calendar. After over 5000 years, that starts to become an appreciably large discrepancy in accuracy of the calendar.

    .Were the Mayan/Inca society still thriving, the “current” priests. or whomever was designated with that duty, would have been working on the new Calendar, so that the next 5000 + year calendar would be made ready for this Solstice.

  4. PJ said

    Mayan Calendar

    First; it is well known that the Mayan/Aztec calendar is the most comprehensive and correct as any calendar appearing on Earth.

    It is an Astronomical Calendar, sometimes noted as a type of “Tropical Solar Calendar”, which uses the equinoxes as a base. But unlike simple Solar Calendars, they considered all the pertinent factors, regarding the Earths rotation as it travels around the Sun. You may have heard about the axial procession, which is the slow and continuous change in the orientation of an astral body. The resulting “polar shift” changes the equinox’s and necessarily the Calendar. Modern world has only, in the last couple of hundred years, begun to realize that. 20 minutes a year, which equals 102,500 minutes /17,008 hours, in the Calendars 5125 years. I believe they chose the end of each Batun (5125 years mark) to adjust the Calendar. After over 5000 years, that starts to become an appreciably large discrepancy in accuracy of the calendar.

    .Were the Mayan/Inca society still thriving, the “current” priests. or whomever was designated with that duty, would have been working on the new Calendar, so that the next 5000 + year calendar would be made ready for this Solstice.

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