It’s 2012, which means the end of the world is nigh. Or at least for the 1 in 10 people who think the ancient Mayan’s disturbingly accurate calendar predicted the end of the world at the end of the year. But Mayan experts say that such predictions are not actually found in any of the surviving Mayan accounts, and the idea that the world will end this December misrepresents Maya history and culture. So what exactly does the Mayan calendar says? Here’s everything you need to know.
PLAYA DEL CARMEN, Mexico — It might be the end of the world, and what better place to be than where the doomsday theory all began. No matter what you believe will or will not happen on Dec. 21, 2012, the day Mesoamerican astronomers pegged as the end of their 5,125-year long count calendar, one thing is certain: 2012 is an auspicious year to travel to the Mayan heartland.
A little girl watches a mushroom-shaped cloud forming in the sky as the nearby Guagua Pichincha volcano near Quito, Ecuador, spouts boiling water and ash. Perhaps she's wondering if the end of the world is near? (Martin Bernett/AFP/Getty Images)
In the spirit of celebrating the world before it explodes (or implodes...or disappears...or floods...) we're making the ultimate bucket list.
ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Mayan scholars have convincingly debunked the 2012 doomsday scenario. Yet a recent poll showed that one in 10 people across the globe think that the Mayan calendar foresees a December apocalypse. There’s been an upside to all this end-of-days hokum: it is expected to result in a surge of visitors to Guatemala and to the Yucatan peninsula in southern Mexico, the heart of the Mayan world. Officials in both countries — which have been hit hard by drug-related violence that has scared away foreign visitors — are predicting tourism will increase.
The end of the world is as old as the world itself. We round up our top 10 favorite Doomsday predictions that didn't happen.
Though the Mayan calendar had scheduled an impending apocalypse for this year, 2012, the end of the world has actually been on its way for centuries. We take a look at the ten best (and strangest) Doomsday predictions that didn't come true.