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  1. #1 2012 Apocalypse -- Postponed (Or So They Claim) 
    2012 Apocalypse -- Postponed

    Published October 19, 2010

    | LiveScience

    Good news -- the Mayan calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012.

    The end of the world is coming! Or here, maybe. Or did it already happen?

    It's a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse. The good news is that the Mayan calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it). The bad news for prophecy believers? If the calendar doesn't end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will -- or if it has already.

    A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events. (The doomsday worries are based on the fact that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, much as our year ends on Dec. 31.)

    The Mayan calendar was converted to today's Gregorian calendar using a calculation called the GMT constant, named for the last initials of three early Mayanist researchers. Much of the work emphasized dates recovered from colonial documents that were written in the Mayan language in the Latin alphabet, according to the chapter's author, Gerardo Aldana, University of California, Santa Barbara professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies.

    Later, the GMT constant was bolstered by American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, who used data in the Dresden Codex Venus Table, a Mayan calendar and almanac that charts dates relative to the movements of Venus.

    "He took the position that his work removed the last obstacle to fully accepting the GMT constant," Aldana said in a statement. "Others took his work even further, suggesting that he had proven the GMT constant to be correct."

    But according to Aldana, Lounsbury's evidence is far from irrefutable.

    "If the Venus Table cannot be used to prove the FMT as Lounsbury suggests, its acceptance depends on the reliability of the corroborating data," he said. That historical data, he said, is less reliable than the Table itself, causing the argument for the GMT constant to fall "like a stack of cards."
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    I'll have to check with the Ass Techs!
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    I'll have to check with the Ass Techs!
    Hey! If you can't trust a bunch of misogynist, death-dealing cannibals, who can you trust?
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    I guess I can go back to buying green bananas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obx View Post
    I guess I can go back to buying green bananas.
    Or can you?
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    Off by 50-100 years, eh?

    I think it happened back in the 60's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arroyo_Doble View Post
    Off by 50-100 years, eh?

    I think it happened back in the 60's.
    That would explain a lot of things.

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    DAMNIT!!! I've got a balloon payment on Jan 9th.
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    oh heck. don't give up on it. What say we all wash our cars on December 20th.
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    I retire in 2012. How about a few years of freedom?
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