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Will the World End Friday? Experts Skeptical

Here's what scholars and scientists are saying about the Dec. 21, 2012, Doomsday prophesies, the end of the Mayan calendar and their potential impact.

Don’t make any rash decisions: Experts say 12/21/12 is going to be just another typical winter solstice.

Killer solar flares aren’t expected. Another planet isn’t on a collision course with ours. And, despite the plans for "end of days" parties, the Mayan “long count calendar” ending on this date has no real significance, unless you're Mayan.

Whats' All the Fuss About?

There are a number of theories and predictions that call for earth’s demise on Dec. 21, 2012. They include:

  • The ending of the Mayan calendar. The Mayans, according to a Sarasota Patch article, kept three separate but interlocking calendars. The “long calendar” ends on Dec. 21. Some say this constitutes a Doomsday prediction; most do not.
  • Nostradamus. That famed French seer from the 1500s has been credited with predicting several end-of-the-world scenarios that some believe will take place in 2012. The website December212012.com points to the potential sparking of World War III on this date.
  • The collision of Earth and the supposed planet Nibiru. This supposed space catastrophe was initially predicted to strike in 2003. The planet in question was supposedly discovered by the Sumerians, according to NASA. When the world didn’t end in 2003, the date was moved to December 2012 for the deadly collision with earth.

What are the Experts Saying?

The intrigue created by multiple end-of-the-world predictions has made many scholars and even NASA stand up to make statements debunking the claims. From professors at Tampa Bay’s New College to the scientific minds at NASA, they’re all saying the same thing: Go ahead and pay that mortgage bill and wrap those holiday presents.

In regard to the ending of the Mayan calendar, New College’s Gabrielle Vail says this:

There are many misconceptions about the Mayans. If you look at their calendar alone, the Mayans kept three calendars. The one that has prompted the end of the world predictions was their "long count calendar" — a 5,125 year calendar. The calendar began August 11, 3114 B.C. and ends Dec. 21, 2012.

She said the Mayans wrote about dates beyond Dec. 21, 2012 "well, well into the future, trillions of years." They also wrote about dates before the 5,125 year calendar began.

NASA is so confident the world won't end on Friday they pre-released a video explaining why the world didn't end "yesterday," dated Dec. 22, 2012. Here’s what NASA has to say about all of the collective Doomsday prophesies:

The world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Why do you think people get so caught up in end-of-the-world predictions? Are you planning an "end of the world party?" Tell us in the comments below.

drunkpatti December 19, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Maybe a few fat stalkers and a lying drunk....but I dout it
William Smith December 19, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The Mayans couldn't even predict their own conquering and eventual demise. I highly doubt they predicted OURS.
amy December 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
On thursday I a going to rob a bank, get some kegs and tons of other alcohol, and have 1 big ol part! that way when I wake up wait I wont wake up since it's ending lol I dont have to worry about a hangover, the cops arresting me for robbing a bank or a big mess to clean up! :) lol
Ruben December 19, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Hi I am 14 years old . I am stressed to death . I can't sleep at night and I don't enjoy the holiday . Because of the dumb people saying the world would end friday . They are a hoax trying to make money !! Please give me advise
Payton December 19, 2012 at 09:22 PM
What exactly are you saying? You are quite vague in your request.
Ruben December 19, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I don't mean to offend . But please I am stressed out . Can someone give me advise
karen December 19, 2012 at 10:13 PM
The world is not going to end, scientist have read what the mayans wrote and it is meant to be a time of new beginning, tgeir calander ends and starts over, its a good thing. There is amways doomsday lerdictions and none have ever happened obviously, if the world was to end theb why would they write about time well beyind 2012
karen December 19, 2012 at 10:14 PM
*Always doomsday predictions*
Jen Hoddy December 19, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Reuben you really need to stop worrying. If it happens, it happens but I strongly doubt it will xx They have been saying for years its gonna happen and never has xxx
Cara Pickles December 19, 2012 at 10:39 PM
The World will not end, in regards to proven statistical figures and information. NASA are the experts, they're here right now, the Mayans at the time of occupational predicaments are not. The Mayans existed 1000's of years ago, and I think the World ought to have more trust in reliable sources than a Calender, who's existence all those years ago has been dubbed in todays era, creating a whirlwind of scenarios that are 'expected to take place on Friday the 21st of December 2012. So don't worry sweetheart, The Earth can survive impacts of all kinds, we're not going to be hit, have trust and faith in NASA, they are right, believe me. I was a little scared at first, but then I started looking more into it, my name is Cara, a 17 year old girl from England, a very small country, do you live hear too? If so, in England, our government hasn't proposed any valid warnings and no preparation , therefore the World would not end under uninformed consent and absent information to the public. Don't worry guys. Seriously.
Ruben December 20, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Thanks you guys ! You gave me confidence .! I can enjoy the holiday . Btw Cara I don't live in England , I live in South Africa . Thanyou guys . Happy holidays and merry christmass !

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