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    End of the Earth Postponed

    Stephanie Pappas


    It's a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse. The good news is that the Mayan "Long Count" calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it). The bad news for prophecy believers? If the calendar doesn't end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will - or if it has already.

    A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events. (The doomsday worries are based on the fact that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, much as our year ends on Dec. 31.)

    The Mayan calendar was converted to today's Gregorian calendar using a calculation called the GMT constant, named for the last initials of three early Mayanist researchers. Much of the work emphasized dates recovered from colonial documents that were written in the Mayan language in the Latin alphabet, according to the chapter's author, Gerardo Aldana, University of California, Santa Barbara professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

    Later, the GMT constant was bolstered by American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, who used data in the Dresden Codex Venus Table, a Mayan calendar and almanac that charts dates relative to the movements of Venus.

    "He took the position that his work removed the last obstacle to fully accepting the GMT constant," Aldana said in a statement. "Others took his work even further, suggesting that he had proven the GMT constant to be correct."

    But according to Aldana, Lounsbury's evidence is far from irrefutable.

    "If the Venus Table cannot be used to prove the FMT as Lounsbury suggests, its acceptance depends on the reliability of the corroborating data," he said. That historical data, he said, is less reliable than the Table itself, causing the argument for the GMT constant to fall "like a stack of cards."

    Aldana doesn't have any answers as to what the correct calendar conversion might be, preferring to focus on why the current interpretation may be wrong. Looks like end-of-the-world theorists may need to find another ancient calendar on which to pin their apocalyptic hopes.

    End of the Earth Postponed - Yahoo! News

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    I understood like every fifth word in that article, lol.

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    ALRIGHT WOOHOOOO!!!!

    Drinks on me!

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    I dunno what they're on about but I'll celebrate regardless.
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    I'm ready Lynnie! Hit me. If this existence has been prolonged, I need to be drunk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsChiff View Post
    I'm ready Lynnie! Hit me. If this existence has been prolonged, I need to be drunk!
    EXACTLY. Means more Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus. Gonna need to be super tanked to get through it all....

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    But I already blew my life savings. I'm gonna sue somebody.
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    ^

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    Surprise! Surprise!
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    Anyone else read the first part of the subject in Dr. Farnsworth's voice?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    But I already blew my life savings. I'm gonna sue somebody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MsChiff View Post
    I'm ready Lynnie! Hit me. If this existence has been prolonged, I need to be drunk!

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    I went cross eyed reading that, but hey I am drinking rum and coke so maybe that has something to do with it.
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    The bad news for prophecy believers? If the calendar doesn't end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will - or if it has already.
    HAHAHAHA ... I'm betting for already has ended. How else to you explain the catastrophe that is Obama after the evil buffoonery of Bush?

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