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The Mayan Calendar 2012
Hello time travelers and anyother people living in the future: If you're watching this,it means that the Maya, as they often are, were right. And Hollywood, as italmost always is when it comes to science, was wrong. INTRO I'm talking, of course,about the Mayan calendar, and the winter solstice of 2012.
As you've noticed, Hollywoodshysters, along with some cable TV people and a goodnumber of pseudoscientist authors are trying to convincethe world that maybe it's all going to endon December 21, 2012. The earth is going to split in twoor the poles are going to shift or house cats are goingto rise up against us and make us poop in boxes of sand. And they're all feeling that waybecause of a particular significance
that a particular ancientcivilization put on that very date. And if you're watching thistutorial after December 21, 2012. Well, you may have tofeel a little bit embarrassed about getting allweewee'd up about it. Now I'm not saying thatDecember 21st, 2012 isn't an important date in theMayan calendar, it certainly is. Don't panic! I can personallyguarantee that the world is not going to end on December 21st, 2012.
And here is just oneof the reasons why. It's not even that I don't believethat the world is going to end, it's that the Maya didn't. The Maya had lots of differentways of measuring time. And one of them wasespecially for measuring very long periods of time. Because unlike you and me who can't remember lifebefore Tomb Raider Underworld
the Maya had a reallylong view of time. And they measured it using what'scalled the Long Count Calendar. So check this out. The Maya called a day a k'in. Twenty of these k'ins, twentydays, were called a winal. Eighteen winals, or 360 days,made a tun, or about a year. Twenty tuns were known asa k'atun, or about 20 years. And twenty k'atuns make a b'ak'tun,
which amounted to about 144,000days, or about '4.26 years. The Maya used this system tocount the number of days since what they calledquot;the last creation.quot; Yeah, I said the last creation. Because the Maya believed that we are currently livingin the fourth creation. The first three, the godsscrewed up or whatever and they wanted to start over.
2012 The End Of The World
History has a long and rich tradition of apocalypticpredictions â€“ all of which were wrong â€“ yet some people still think that this time 'roundin 2012 is the real deal. Why 2012éBecause of ancient Mayan calendars. Obviously. Mayan calendars not only recorded the daysand years, but also longer cycles of about 5 Millennia.So they could easily make calendars that went 1,000s of years into the future. But, of course,1,000s of years in the future from 1,000s of years ago brings us to current times whenthe Mayan calendars stop in 2012. Modern newagey people decided that the wiseMayans stopped making calendars because they
knew when the world would end.And because new agers are happy â€“ though scientifically illiterate â€“ people theirvision of 2012 was a great spiritual awakening or world reboot or other hippyconsciousnessexpandingnonsense that the Mayans, who spent time puling strings of thorns through peoples' tongue,probably didn't have in mind. To a normal person the thought that: calendarfinishes therefore end of the world is an odd conclusion to draw.After all, the amount of time in the Universe is infinite and the amount of stone is limited.So, at some point the Mayans had to stop carving calendars.But never mind.
What should have stayed a fringe belief turnedinto mass hysteria with the 2012 disaster movie that swept the academy awards and thenumerous emmynominated apocalypse documentaries on::sigh:: The History Channel.What happened to you guysé Anyway. After this NASA became so inundatedwith questions that they had to take time away from their busy robot building, frontierpushing, knowledge expanding, civilization inspiring schedule, to write a webpage explainingthat no, a humansacrificing, stoneage society with neither wheels to pull carts nor glassto make telescopes, didn't know more about
science at the dawn of history than real scientistsdo today. But the parade of crazy marched on anywaymaking wilder and wilder predictions for Earth including:â€¢ Geomagnetic Reversal (a process that unfolds on a geologic timescale, not a single day)â€¢ A collision with mysterious Planet X (That no astronomers have found)â€¢ A local star going supernova (Despite there being no such candidates)â€¢ An Alien Invasion (Which is ludicrous on the face of itâ€¦ or is ité)â€¢ And a galactic synchronization beam, whatever the hell that is.A sane person, at this point, would wonder
how the Mayans were able to predict astrophysicalanomalies thousands of years in advance and millions of miles away yet didn't foreseethe Spanish coming across the Atlantic. And that's because the Mayans never predictedapocalypse. The only people to claim the Mayans knew about the end of the world were distinctlynot Mayans.ï¿½.