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12% Of Americans Believe The World Will End On Dec. 21

Professor says: “The best thing about this 2012 nonsense is it creates interest in the Mayan people.”

The world will not end on Dec. 21, says Mark Van Stone, a professor at Southwestern College.

(Actually, the date of all finality is Dec. 23 or 24, depending on competing interpretations of the correlation between modern and ancient Mayan calendars.)

“The best thing about this 2012 nonsense is it creates interest in the Mayan people,” Van Stone told City News Service. “People can go down there and see what the Maya are really like.”

[Click here to read about Lake Elsinore Storm Baseball hosting a “Mayan grand elder,” also known as Wandering Wolf, at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, at the stadium’s Diamond Club restaurant.]

A misinterpretation of ancient Mayan text by German scientists years ago led to the idea of a calendar that expires this month, signaling some kind of apocalypse, Van Stone said. He said the 5,125-year Mayan calendar cycle, also called a Bak’tun cycle, “goes around and around” but doesn’t appear to end.

But with movies and TV shows on the Mayan calendar permeating popular culture, 12 percent of Americans believe the world will end Dec. 21, according to a poll by Ipsos Global Public Affairs [see attached PDF].

Are you in the 12 percent? Tell us why below.

Interloper December 12, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I really hope not, that's my birthday. But if it absolutely true, I am going to go wild buying stuff on credit. Need to find out for sure.
Lithiumqt December 12, 2012 at 03:18 PM
I wish the Apocolypse would happen!! Let 's have nature run it's course and naturally thin the population and bring this world back to where it should be!
snoopy December 12, 2012 at 08:04 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrBKm-MArGY All you atheist baby killing haters get ready it may be sooner than the 21 or it may be later plenty of warning everywhere. Have fun in HELL
snoopy December 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Yes that is whats important in this world material things yes lets all go shopping lol. It's really not funny, but typical very sad.
snoopy December 12, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Yes Lthimut, those human lives mean nothing, and the world is much more important, another typical brainwashed zombie.
Alek J Hidell December 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM
For 12% of Americans? the world has ALREADY ended....

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