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Mayan Calendar, or the system of calendars used in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, ends on Dec. 21, 2012.
A Reuters poll in May this year showed 15 per cent of the world population is convinced the world will end in their lifetime, and 10 per cent believe 'doomsday' will take place this year. There must be a countdown going on, if this survey results still hold true.
"Whether they think it will come to an end through the hand of God or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming," said Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs, which managed the survey for Reuters.
However, a new study of Mayan calendar drawings in Guatemala indicates the world is not ending in December 2012.
There is another point of view in the end-of-the-world prediction. It says the end of the Mayan calendar is not a literal doomsday, but only a global transformation on the spiritual level.
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In a LiveScience report, John Hoopes, a scholar of Maya history at the University of Kansas, noted many believers see Dec. 21, 2012 as "a time of spiritual transformation."
That the world is going to end is scientifically anticipated, considering the universe is expanding. This means the sun will eventually be so far away from Earth that it could no longer support life. However, this end will not happen until millions of years from now.
Still, there are believers who would not discount the authority of the Mayans when it comes to predictions. If there is really one-in-seven people who thinks the end of life is near, what do you think are they doing now - two months before December 21?
Twitter users are not letting the Mayan Calendar 'Doomsday' go unnoticed. Here are some sample tweets:
Helen Zidon @miss_zidon: According to the Mayan Calendar, the end of the world is on the 21st of December2012. If you believe in it, then YOU have 2 months left! -_-
Jennifer @collusion75: According to the Mayan calendar, only 2 months left to live. Drink up!
Unusual FactsTM @UnusuaI_Facts: Technically the world should have ended around 13 months ago according to the Mayan calendar, because it didn't account for leap years.
Cam Pullen @Cpullen23: There was a new mayan calendar found guys, and it says the real doomsday is 7000 years from December 23rd 2012, or whatever. It's all fake.
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