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Mayan Apocalypse: Doomsday 2012

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Friday, December 21
Mayan Calendar Cycle Ends

Dec. 21, 2012 corresponds to the last day of the 13th b'ak'tun in the ancient Maya calendar system. This day would have been seen as the completion of one full cycle of creation by the Maya. Modern doomsday predictors and New Age believers say that on this date, the world will end — or perhaps be ushered into a new era of peace and harmony. 

Maya scholars, however, say the ancient Maya would have celebrated the day as a new beginning, but would not have seen it as apocalyptic. Check in here as Dec. 21 approaches for how people around the world are reacting to this "doomsday."

UPDATES
After Mayan Apocalypse Failure, Believers May Suffer
22 December 2012, 08:43 AM EST

You might expect the world not ending to be a cause for celebration. But for believers in doomsdays like yesterday's supposed Mayan apocalypse, the continued existence of the planet can be quite traumatic. How will they deal?

Apocalypse Day Arrives
21 December 2012, 02:08 PM EST

The countdown clock is at zero and the "end" has arrived. Today is the date the world is supposed to end, according to Mayan apocalypse believers. But it's been awfully quiet so far ... 

People Still Freaking Out Over the Apocalypse
20 December 2012, 11:42 AM EST

Some people have clearly not been reading our extensive doomsday-debunking coverage. Despite many assurances that the world is not ending Friday, worry and hysteria are occurring

One Day Until Dec. 21
20 December 2012, 10:50 AM EST

Just one day until nothing happens!

Read More: Final Countdown: 1 Day Until the Mayan Apocalypse

The Real Mayan Calendar
19 December 2012, 01:25 PM EST

The Mayan apocalypse may not be real, but the Mayan calendar is. Ever wonder about the real numbers behind it?

Read The Real Deal: How the Mayan Calendar Works for a full explanation. Next time your friends start telling you the world is going to end on Friday, awe them with your knowledge of the Maya base-20 counting system. 

4 Days 'til Doomsday?
17 December 2012, 04:37 PM EST

The countdown has commenced. According to myth and online legend, doomsday is this Friday

Doomsday Survival Pods for Sale
17 December 2012, 04:35 PM EST

If you've got a credulous disposition and $48,000 to burn, you may be in the market for a doomsday survival pod. Invented by a farmer in China, these insulated spheres are supposed to protect you in case of apocalypse. Each pod seats 14 -- choose your doomsday companions wisely.

Top 5 Mayan Apocalypse Myths Debunked
17 December 2012, 04:34 PM EST

Need quick talking points to explain to doomsday-obsessed friends or online commenters why Dec. 21 will not be the end of the world? Check out Top 5 Mayan Apocalypse Myths Debunked for a quick reality check.  

Talking to Kids About Doomsday
13 December 2012, 06:59 PM EST

For kids, Mayan Apocalypse rumors may not be so easy to shake off. Here's how to ease their minds: How to Explain Mayan Doomsday To Your Kids.

A New Doomsday Retreat
13 December 2012, 06:54 PM EST

A mountain in Serbia is the new doomsday hotspot, according to news reports. 

Read more: Mystical 'Doomsday' Mountain Braces for Mayan Apocalypse

NASA Calms Fears
28 November 2012, 06:40 PM EST

NASA held an online forum on Nov. 28 to calm doomsday fears. Researchers with the space agency say they recieve panicked emails about the Mayan apocalypse, including from suicidal teens. 

Read more: 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Rumors Have a Dark Side, NASA Warns

France Prepares for Doomsday
16 November 2012, 06:05 PM EST

French officials announced in mid-November that a mountain peak thought to be a hotspot for UFO activity by some will be shut to visitors on Dec. 21. Rumor has it that aliens will save the faithful from doom on that day, though French officials expected more journalists to clog the site than believers. 

Read More: Mayan Doomsday 'Safe Zone' Shut Down

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