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World Ends in 2012-mass hysteria

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Mayans were the most advanced ancient civilization in Central and South America. They have ruled over for more than two thousand years. They developed a written language, art, architecture, math, and astronomy. They also built stone pyramids, sculptures, temples and survived until the Europeans arrived.
Exact Words From "Why The World Didn't End Yesterday"
What the Mayans' Thought
History of the Mayans
Comics
What NASA Said
"Dec. 22, 2012: If you're reading this story, it means one thing: The World Didn't End Yesterday.

According to media reports of an ancient Maya prophecy, the world was supposed to be destroyed on Dec. 21, 2012.

Apparently not.

"The whole thing was a misconception from the very beginning," says Dr. John Carlson, director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy. "The Maya calendar did not end on Dec. 21, 2012, and there were no Maya prophecies foretelling the end of the world on that date."

The truth, says Carlson, is more interesting than fiction. "


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Wednesday, March 12, 2014
By Lauren Quan, 10E
The Mayan's Calendars
World ending 2012
There were actually three different calendars; the Sacred Calendar (aka: Tzolk'in), the Secular Calendar (aka: Haab'), and the Long Count Calendar.
Ex: 13.0.0.0.0
Daily News
Causes Mass Hysteria
The Sacred Calendar, which lasted 260 days and then started over again. This was important for scheduling religious ceremonies.
The Secular Calendar, which lasted 360 days but did not have leap year
The Long Count Calendar, the calendar that caused it all! On Dec. 21, the calendar completes a major cycle.
How The Long Count Calendar Works!
Dates are written with five numbers separated by four periods.
The right most position is called k'in. K'in counts up to 19 and then flips back to 0 and counting continues to the left number.
So, 13.0.0.0.19 would become 13.0.0.1.0
Therefore, 13.0.0.1.0 13.0.0.1.1 13.0.0.1.2
The third position is called tun and the fourth position is called k'atun and the last digit is called b'ak'tun.
December 21, 2012 on our calendar marks the end of the thirteenth b'ak'tun of the Mayan Long Count Calendar.
B'ak'tuns are the 144,000 day cycles that the Mayans used to keep track of the days since their mythological creation date, Thirteen of these b'ak'tuns would have seen as one full cycle of creation.
(above) Mayan Long Count Calendar
Sources:
http://www.livescience.com/25714-mass-hysteria-mayan-apocalypse-freackouts.html
http://www.livescience.com/25662-how-mayan-calendar-works.html
Source: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/14dec_yesterday/
Source: http://www.neok12.com/Maya-Civilization.htm
Reactions
On Fox news:
In May, a 16-year-old UK girl by the name of Isabel Taylor hanged herself after she’d done extensive research on the Internet about Doomsday predictions, and convinced herself the world would end in 2012. According to her friend, Taylor had become obsessed with the world ending—constantly making comments to friends and family about a nuclear disaster caused by sunspots resulting in a reaction so big as to end the world
Scientist David Morrison from NASA said:
"A lot of [the submitters] are people who are genuinely frightened," Morrison said.
"I've had two teenagers who were considering killing themselves, because they didn't want to be around when the world ends," he said.
"Two women in the last two weeks said they were contemplating killing their children and themselves so they wouldn't have to suffer through the end of the world."
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