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:
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