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No, the Maya did not predict the end of the world on 21 June 2020

15 Jun 2020, 13:00 UTC
No, the Maya did not predict the end of the world on 21 June 2020
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Oh, ridiculous and utterly wrong conspiracy doomsday theories. Will you ever die?

Probably not. Even ones long dead rise, zombie-like, to eat people's brains.

So it's no surprise that the newest one is, paradoxically, an old one. The claims is this: The Maya calendar predicts the end of the world, you see, and due to an incorrect calendar conversion it wasn't on 21 December, 2012 as originally thought, but actually on 21 June, 2020. This weekend.

Bummer.

Except no.

First off, the Maya never predicted the end of the world. That whole 2012 stuff was wrong from the get-go. The Maya calendar, it was said by doomsday mongers, ended on 21 December 2012, and the Maya believed the world would end on that date.

You can’t make this up. Oh wait, they did: I saw this magazine in late 2012. Credit: Phil Plait

Except their calendar didn't end then. They had units of time they counted, just like we do. They didn't use weeks and months and years, but it's the same idea. It turns out that on 21 December 2012 one of their big units rolled over, similar to our date of 1999 turning into 2000. So it's like ...

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