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Will the World End on Dec. 21? Officials Say No

What's the deal with all this end of the world talk?

There has been a lot of discussion recently about the end of the world, most of it around the date Dec. 21, 2012. 

However, experts are saying it's best to still do your Christmas shopping as an apocalypse is not going to happen.

There is no evidence that Earth will be destroyed by a solar flare that day and scientists have not detected any planets likely to break Earth's orbit and bump against us. Those in the know are also saying that the end of the Mayan calendar does not portend any disaster.

“The best thing about this 2012 nonsense is it creates interest in the Mayan people,” stated Van Stone, an end-of-world debunker and professor at Southwestern College, in an interview with City News Service. “People can go down there and see what the Maya are really like.”

Where did this debate come from?

According to a story on Yorkville Patch, there are several 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 calendars. The “long calendar” ends on Dec. 21. Some say this constitutes a doomsday prediction; it might go without saying, but, 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.

The experts weigh in:

The growing concerns among some people over the end of the world predictions has prompted officials and experts to weigh in on the subject.

Even NASA put out a statement about all of the collective doomsday prophecies:

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.

Tampa Bay’s New College Professor Gabrielle Vail said of the belief in impending apocalypse, according to Sarasota Patch:

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.

What do you think? Is the world ending in a few days or are you making sure to get those presents wrapped on time? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Jose Elique December 19, 2012 at 01:06 PM
You are CRAZZZZZZYYY! If the world ends on 12-21-12, then everyone will NEVER have a nice Christmas!!!!!!!!!
Preston Porter December 19, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Stop all your crying and worrying and leave it up to GOD he will take care of it and just PRAY with HOPE.
Fannie December 19, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Matthew 24:35-36. Heaven and earth shall pass away. But my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man,no, not the Angels of heaven, but my Fathet only.
boopathy.r December 19, 2012 at 04:42 PM
It's all up too the hand of god.... Just leave all ur worries....lead ur life with full confident.......
Nicole Vultao December 19, 2012 at 04:58 PM
the world will not end on friday! Stop being gullible idiots
stephanie December 19, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I think its sorta funny how people think the world is gonna end Friday. I've never been concerned about it. No one can prove it. If its my and everyone's fate to die, then so be it.
Grace December 19, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Wack jobs its not ALL going to end on Friday. THE BIBLE SAYS IT WONT BE KNOWN AND SOME PEOLE ARE EXPECTING IT. For all we know it could end today or December 22.
Jamie Cheatum December 19, 2012 at 05:35 PM
Only god knows when the world going to end and its not going to be friday i would love to have a good Xmas with my son he only 31/2 months and on the 22 of this months. He well be 4 mouth's i would love to see him have his frist Xmas. And that and we spend r owl day with r family and friends now every one have a good day and a great Xmas.
demi samphier December 19, 2012 at 05:36 PM
I'm so scared about the world ending I think it will happen
Jamie Cheatum December 19, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I'm so scared too but hope. It don't i would love to see my son grow. Up and all that
Ranny Lane December 19, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Oh no, the sky's falling, a chunk of it just hit me on top of my head. Ooop's, that just bird poop.. :-)
Mary Brandy December 19, 2012 at 08:55 PM
stop all the hysteria, there is no scientific proof that anything will happen, infact there is more evidence that nothing will happen. anyways what can you do about it? NOTHING!

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