Mayan Prophesy End of the World Free Fire Zone

It was back in 2012 that we wrote World Ends in Only Five Weeks! The prediction was based on an ancient Mayan prophesy that the world would end on 21 December of that year. Well, as most of you probably know, the world didn’t end — at least not at that time.

But why? What went wrong? We’ve been wondering about it, and now we have the answer. It’s in the Sun, a tabloid located in London which is Britain’s largest newspaper, and they have a comments feature. Their headline is APOCALYPSE NOW Mayan calendar was WRONG and world will end ‘next week’, bizarre conspiracy theorist warns. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

THE year 2020 has been pretty terrible so far but now a conspiracy theory is claiming the world will end next week. The bizarre concept is based on an ancient calendar and a Mayan end of the world prediction.

They don’t seem to be taking this seriously, but what can you expect from a tabloid? They say:

Most of the world started using the Gregorian calendar back in 1582, that’s the calendar we know today. However, before this people used different calendars to keep a track of dates including the Mayan and Julian calendars. [So what?] The Gregorian calendar was introduced to try and better reflect the time it takes Earth to orbit the Sun. [That’s blasphemy!] However, 11 days of time were said to be lost from the year that was once determined by the Julian calendar.

What does this arcane information have to do with the end of the world? We’ll have to be patient. The tabloid tells us:

Over time these lost days add up and now there’s a conspiracy theory claiming that we should actually be in the year 2012, not 2020.

If this is really 2012, then — Wowie, this could be serious! The tabloid continues:

In a since deleted tweet [What a news source!], scientist Paolo Tagaloguin reportedly said: “Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012. “The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into Gregorian Calendar is 11 days. For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years” Following this theory, June 21, 2020 would actually be December 21, 2012, a date you may recognise.

June 21 is only a few days from now. Suddenly, this is getting serious! Let’s read on:

Back in 2012, the date December 21 was proposed by some as the end of the world by conspiracy theorists who were using the Mayan calendar to try and make sense of an ancient prediction.

We remember it well. Then they quote what NASA said about the predicted 2012 disaster — and they didn’t believe it at all. Here’s a sample:

“For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”

Well, they were right in 2012, but what about now? The tabloid doesn’t give us any opinion. Instead, they close the article with what seems to be an obvious attempt to avoid panic:

So conspiracy theorists using the Julian calendar may think the world is actually going to end next week [Gasp!] but without any scientific evidence Nasa won’t agree. As with most conspiracy theories, we have to remember that they are just that – a theory without evidence.

Well, your Curmudgeon isn’t taking any chances. We’re prepared for the Cosmic Aardvark to carry us on his back and fly us to the firmament. And that’s only nine days from now. There’s nothing to do but declare this post to be an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone.

You know the rules. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters. The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it!

Oh, wait! Because this is a doomsday post, we adhere to tradition and close with this:

Thats all folks

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5 responses to “Mayan Prophesy End of the World Free Fire Zone

  1. There is a small error in the calculation.
    It shows up in the fact that the Julian calendar is still used in some Orthodox Christian churches, like the Russian Orthodox. One can observe that Christmas is celebrated in Russia in early January of the Gregorian calendar. And Wikipedia has an article on the Julian calendar which shows that today is May 30, 2020.

  2. Dave Luckett

    I’m confused. How many years have now passed since the birth of Jesus, as (wrongly) calculated by Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Short)?

  3. Eddie Janssen

    The 11 days correction was only once, not every year.
    Am I missing something?

  4. @EddieJ: yes, the big error that apparently 8 years are missing from the Mayan Calendar.

    New development in baraminology (Logos.nl, that excellent creacrap outfit): dinos are land animals and hence created on day 6. Unfortunately we don’t learn about the ptesosaurs.

    ‘Flying’ spiders are evidence for a Marvellous Maker according to CMI.

    But the highlight is this one:

    https://logos.nl/welke-concrete-toetsbare-voorspellingen-doet-het-creationisme-die-zouden-kunnen-aantonen-dat-het-onjuist-is/

    Which concrete testable predictions does creationism make that could demonstrate it’s incorrect?

    Well, dear fellows, you might be in for a surprise.

    “‘Het creationisme’ is geen wetenschappelijke theorie maar een paradigma (net als het naturalisme), dus eigenlijk zijn falsificerende voorspellingen niet op zijn plaats.”

    “Creationism is not a scientific theory but a paradigm (like naturalism), so actually falsifying predictions are out of place.”

    “Aan het Bijbelse kader van zesduizend jaar en een wereldwijde zondvloed zijn dus wel voorspellingen te ontlenen, alleen zal falsificatie van dergelijke voorspellingen niet direct leiden tot verwerping van het creationistische wereldbeeld, juist omdat het daarbij voornamelijk om geloofsstandpunten gaat.”

    “We can derive predictions indeed from the Biblical framework of 6000 years and a global flood, but falsification of such predictions won’t immediately lead to rejection of the creationist worldview, exactly because it revolves mostly around standpoints of belief.”

    “In geval van resultaten die hiermee in tegenstrijd zijn, zal er eerder getwijfeld worden aan de onderzoeksresultaten …. komen er hulphypothesen of wordt ervan uitgegaan dat ontdekkingen in de toekomst alsnog niet tegenstrijdig blijken met de Bijbel. ”

    “In case of results which contradict this [standpoints of belief – FrankB] auxiliary hypotheses will be formulated or it will be assumed that discoveries in the future won’t appear to be non-contradictory with the Bible.”

    Can anyone send a memo to Ol’Hambo and co?
    What puzzles me is

    “Dat maakt echter niet dat het scheppingsparadigma geen plaats heeft binnen de wetenschap.”

    “It doesn’t follow that there is no place within science for the creationism paradigma”.

    Wait, what? I thought the question is if there is a place for sciene withing the creationism paradigma. “Theology is the queen of science”, remember?

  5. Just in case somebody is curious about this is about. Yes, when the Gregorian calendar was first proposed, in 1582, it was a change to the Julian candendar by making that year 10 days shorter. And then each year in the 1500s was exactly as long as the Old Style Julian year. 365 days, but shifted by 10 days.
    Then the differences were
    1600 was 366 days long, just like the OS
    All of the years in the 1600s were shifted by 10 days
    1700 was not a leap year
    All of the years in the 1700s were shifted by 11 days
    By some time almost everybody
    gave up the OS Julian. Most of the world was not yet colonized by European powers, and didn’t pay any
    attention
    1800 was not a leap year
    All of the years in the 1800s were
    shifted by 12 days
    1900 was not a leap year
    The 1900s were shifted by 13 days
    By now, almost everbody in the world was using the Gregorian calender for secular purposes. For religious purposes, there were some Orthodox Christian churches, such as the Russian Orthodox Church, which kept the Julian calendar. And Islam, Judaism, and east Asia keep their own calendars for religious and traditional purposes.
    The year 2000 was not a leap year.

    I think that I got that right. But I wouldn’t be surprised if I got something wrong; not as wrong as saying that all of our familiar New Style Gregorian
    years are 11 days shorter than the Old Style Julian 365/366 day years! I’m sure that I would have noticed that.