Comments for: Is the end of the world at hand? Mayan calendar prophecies examined at Jordan Planetarium

Posted Dec. 04, 2012, at 1:31 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 04, 2012, at 6:44 p.m.

ORONO | The ancient Maya — who developed a written language and advanced calendars more than 11 centuries ago — created one calendar that has become a pop-culture phenomenon: Conspiracy theorists believe it predicts the end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. Some of those who believe the …

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  • Anonymous

    More religious superstitious crap…….

    *YAWN*

    • Ben Hutchins

      The really funny thing is that, at its heart, it isn’t even a religion/superstition issue, it’s just a mathematical one. Like the guy at the gun shop in the article said, remember the Year 2000 computer problem? This is basically the ancient Mayan equivalent – their calendar exceeding its design limits. And just like the Y2K problem, it shouldn’t cause any significant trouble, apart from possibly screwing up the automated billing systems at a few ancient Mayan insurance companies. :)

      • Anonymous

        The Mayan calendar doesn’t ‘end’, it revolves. It is a cyclical calendar much like our gregorian calendar. When this ‘baktun’ ends, another begins. It’s the passing of an era, not a doomsday. It’s their equivalent of the year 2000, but you’re off when you say that it’s broken. It’s not. It’s just come around to the beginning again.

        • Ben Hutchins

          The Gregorian calendar doesn’t actually reach the end of anything and reset, though; the year just keeps incrementing, theoretically forever. That’s why I compared this to Y2K (a point at which, because of a design fault in calendar implementation, things behaved in unintended ways), though I suppose if you want to get technical it’s more like the 2038 problem (number of seconds since 0 exceeds MAXINT).

          Anyway, it was only a joke, not unlike the assumptions that fueled this article and dozens of others like it in the past few months. :)

          • Anonymous

            The Y2K problem wasn’t because of the calendar, it was because software engineers used two digits to represent year instead of four digits. So when the year 2000 rolled around, programs used by banks, governments, etc… they were all going to reset to essentially be 1900, instead of 2000 because the first two digits were hard-coded in.

            The Gregorian calendar DOES loop. We go from December to January every year because of it. Just like that, the Mayan baktun calendar is cyclical and starts over.

            I do agree though: far too much sillyness letting this whole idea get too much attention. It isn’t the end of the world. At least we can agree on that! haha

          • Ben Hutchins

            “because of a design fault in calendar implementation“, I said…

            Y’know what, skip it. Pedants bashing antlers together. :)

    • metalligimp

      It isn’t even a religious issue, at least in the traditional sense. It’s an entire civilization’s calendar (the Mayan’s). We’re not talking about Revelation end times Armageddon stuff here, as is mentioned in a lot of the world’s favorite fairy tale, the Bible.

    • Anonymous

      So..are you an atheist an agnostic or both?

  • Superuser23

    As I mentioned in the earthquake article this morning a headline about the end of the world is soon to show up, I can always count on the BDN to win a bet on dumb articles.

    • Anonymous

      9 out of ten

  • Anonymous

    I think the more logical reasoning is that whoever had the boring task of writing out a calendar for nearly 400 Mayan years info the future felt they had gone far enough ahead. I think a more accurate statement is 1 in 10 people on this planet are complete fools.

    • Bill Cat

      Gets overlooked real quick that the Mayans honestly has other things going on — like tribes trying to kill them and take over, volcanoes floods, droughts — and may have had to quit all that calendar-writing and run like hell. Ain’t about the end of this world at all — it was about the end of them.

      But if it floats anybody’s boat, sign over all the money and property to me and I’ll use it to pay-off the guards at the River Styx, honest. LOL

    • Anonymous

      Actually, since their empire collapsed more than 400 years ago, the calendar was calculated even more into the future.

  • Anonymous

    Yippeeee! Does that mean I can escape this year’s Christmas shopping?

    • Anonymous

      Yes,live & play recklessly, spend your money on yourself. If the world is still here Christmas you have a good excuse for not buying everyone else gifts & you’ll have had some fun & some nice things for yourself.

  • Anonymous

    No the world is not coming to an end.Obama just makes it seem that way.

    • Anonymous

      Obama scares the crap out of me and I ain’t afraid of nothing!

      • Bill Cat

        Thus ya must be fulla crap. LOL

  • Anonymous

    Well I for one will be sure to break out the aluminum foil hats and huddle in front of the T.V. to watch things unfold.

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    • Anonymous

      Good idea. I haven’t smoked in 15 years, think I’ll buy a pack of cigs to go with my wine.

  • PabMainer

    I guess I should get busy on my bucket list……Crazy…..

    • nothin… to worry about

  • Anonymous

    If it does happen, please let it be slow, so I can watch.. Suffering to Americans is out of a cell towers reach..

  • Anonymous

    I coming ever closer to agreeing with those who are saying the Bangor Daily is becoming more and more like the National Enquirer. Stories about psychics are making more and more appearances, and now this foolishness about the Mayan calendar and doomsday. Whatever happened to the concept of news judgment? Now just about anything makes it into print, no matter how absurd.

  • Anonymous

    Timed *perfectly* with the end of the Twinkie.

    Well played, Mayans.

    • BigUglyCat

      “Tell him about the Twinkie.”

      “What about the Twinkie?”

      • Anonymous

        So do we party like its 1999 or what ?

  • Anonymous

    I can’t decide if it’s more primitive or more selfish to believe that after millions of years, global destruction will occur within your life time. Did the Mayan’s, in all of their foresight, happen to predict the collapse of their own civilization?

  • StillRelaxin

    I stood on a Mayan Pyramid two summers ago. Impressive to look at but on close inspection wasn’t really much more than a piling of rocks up along one side of hill. Rocket scientist they were not. Any predictions they may have made are meaningless if they weren’t clever enough to save themselves.

    • Anonymous

      If you think it is just a pile of rocks , then you missed it all.
      You might be better off at Disneyworld or an ” All inclusive Resort”.

    • Anonymous

      Their own demise was due drought-lack of water–and the resulting collapse both within and without. Feuding over scarce resources. Sound familiar? Even today?

  • Anonymous

    I find it humorous that they are showing this until December 14th… isn’t the world supposed to end before then?

    • Anonymous

      Yes December 21 comes before December 14

      • Anonymous

        My spiritual advisers say differently… Dec. 13th. Oh, wait… I wasn’t supposed to share that info…

  • Anonymous

    What a joke! The Mayans couldn’t even predict their own demise.

  • Anonymous

    maybe the mayans had their version of Obama.That’s why they could not predict their own demise.

  • Anonymous

    All I know is when I was little, a rumor spread through my school that the earth was coming to an end that night. I figured there was no reason to do my homework since we’d all be doomed by morning. I was the only one in my class who had nothing to hand in the next day. Guess I was pranked.

  • Anonymous

    Do we freak out when our calendar ends? No, we buy a new one for the following year. The Mayan calendar repeats itself after it ends just like any other calendar. The Mayan calendar has already ended, actually. Julius Caesar came up with Leap Days. Pope Gregory XIII shaved some days from Caesar’s calendar. It’s 2012, meaning 430 years have passed since the introduction of the Gregorian Calendar. We’ve had roughly 107 days added since then.

    There are 1629 years between the introduction of the Julian Leap Year and the Gregorian Calendar. That’s about 407 days.

    Added together and you get 514 days, and then we can take away those 10 days Pope Gregory lopped out of October in 1582. We’re left with 504 days that we have added to the calendar that the Mayan Calendar doesn’t account for.

    The world is supposed to end on December 21, 2012. Let’s take out 366 days (2012 was a leap year) and now we’ve gone back to December 21, 2011. December 21 is the 355th day of the year, but we need to go back an additional 138 leap days. So the world should’ve ended on the 227th day of 2011, which is August 15th.

    But I didn’t even account for how many days we lost in the transition from AD to BC.

    And I didn’t account for any of the leap seconds we’ve added.

    And I didn’t account for any of the leap days we actually didn’t add because you don’t add leap days on years that are divisible by 100, unless they’re also divisible by 400. (2000 was a leap year…1900 wasn’t.)

    Basically, the Mayan Calendar already ran out at some point in summer 2011. And we’re still here. So stop talking crazy.

    • BigUglyCat

      Very well stated! Thank you!

    • Was wondering when someone was going to post this.

    • Anonymous

      You can explain it all you want but unfortunately certain people have it in their heads and will pick your logic apart to fit their hysteria. Same thing happens with religion. Its best to just let the day come and go so they can see for themselves. I’m betting we are going to see a few more suicides in the next couple weeks which is sad considering the holidays and the damage that it will cause their families….At any rate very well explained..I like it.

    • Anonymous

      You are no fun at all. No Santa Claus, No Easter Bunny I bet you can even refute the existence of the tooth fairy.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t recall if the Mayans allowed for leap days. They probably did.

    • Anonymous

      Great explanation! I’ve tried to explain it to others but, not as well as you just did. Here’s to 2013!

  • Anonymous

    What are you plans on December 22nd?

  • Blah!

  • PaulNotBunyan

    I had to vote yes. I’m no longer a Bokononist but I still have a sliver of ice-nine somewhere here. If the dog finds it before I do, it’s definitely the end of the world.

    • BigUglyCat

      So it goes.

  • Anonymous

    Fine. Never have to hear about politics or Lindsay Lohan again.

  • poll question is kind of stupid because it has to be no because if the world ends it would mean my lifetime is over, thus it cannot end in or during my lifetime

  • Anonymous

    The Mayans missed it by about 45 days. The world’s demise officially began November 6 and we all know why.

    • Anonymous

      Sounds like you have been living in the wrong world.

    • And you folks said the same thing when Obama took office the first time but yet, we are still alive.

  • Anonymous

    It’s the end of the Mayan calendar because they couldn’t count any higher!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah Yeah Yeah. Last time this happened (06/06/66) people actually killed themselves in front of this event. My teenaged friends and I went out to a gravel pit and drank a century’s worth of booze, and when My father saw me come in the door that night, the world did end… but only for me.

  • BigUglyCat

    Preston said. “I think probably the calendar was meant to roll over and I’m not worried.” Right on the money, Ms. P.

  • stop posting this stuff, you are scaring our children

  • Sandpiper

    God is the ONLY one who knows the time and end of this life.It could be now, tomorrow,Dec., 21st or in the next minute.Stay ready.

  • Anonymous

    The Mayan calendar may end on December 21, but then again, our years always end on December 31st and all we do is put up a new calendar to start a new year. No end of the world, Christmas will still arrive and leave many people broke from buying presents, January will arrive with the credit card bills and leave most people even broker then they were in December. Besides, January is a great month for all credit card companies and banks, I’m sure they would find a way to stop the end just so they could collect all the money due to them. lol.

  • Anonymous

    Whenever a specified date is determined to be earth’s last day, rest assured that is not that day. Come on BDN, you have more important fish to fry.

  • How interesting it is to watch the predictions made by so many people every few years, someone or some group think they have it all figured out. I don’t believe in false prophecies. As for myself I don’t know when time or the earth will be gone, all I do know is that as a Christian and with Christian beliefs I know the Bible, the true word of God and guide to how Christians should live their lives I believe it is the infallible truth, and in saying that God tells us to Beware of false prophets, But more related to the subject at hand The Bible tells us in Gods words “No man shall know the time or the season, accept for God himself” that is what I believe nothing other than that. So all you false prophets out there, enjoy yourselves bringing attention to yourself in predicting whatever you wish. I’m sorry for those who fall prey to these predictions. Christians you all know the truth . God Bless You

  • Anonymous

    It is all more possible than anyone might like to think about, it is the nerve center of our computer systems, that, may do us in. It may not be the end, it may well be the beginning of the end, time zig zags, similer to a funnel, time is now at the end of the funnel, one might believe, one might not, however, as we are, we cannot progress much longer.

  • Anonymous

    12-21-12 will be the Dawning of a New Age, something to look forward to. a time of spiritual awakening

  • Bill Cat

    Best get that fella in CA involved, Harold Camping, he called it so well for the last end-of-the-world. LOL

  • Anonymous

    “The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians”

    Well it’s a start, we got the words Nibiru and Sumerians printed but they should of been printed with Mayan, Egyptian and Babylonian because it is the same people that built those great civilizations before and after the Deluge who where the Anunnaki and our makers.

    2012 is an end in sorts, it’s the end of not knowing things that have been kept hidden from us by secret orders through the ages. It’s the end of an unsustainable way of living. It’s the beginning of understanding where we came from and understanding the source of power used to build the ancient cities, that would be considered green and free today, something that we so badly need.

    It’s the end of science and religion struggling for an accepted theory of the beginning. Both will be proven right and both wrong. The old testament will be proven to be historical correct because it’s text came from Sumer but the Anunnaki are the gods it speaks of,

    Evolution will be proven wrong concerning our current form because it is the Anunnaki that made us in their image. The Planet Nibiru was not discovered by the Sumerians but it is their home the home of the Anummaki who are the Sumerians. This is written about in Sumerian texts with scale diagrams of our entire solar system with the correct planetary orbits. Nibiru’s orbit according to the texts is in opposition to the rest of our solar system and has a 3600 year orbit.

    All the evidence is and has been right in front of our eyes, all we need to do is open them and we will realize that we where not the first on this planet.

  • Anonymous

    All I can say about this is this: If the world truly does plan on ending on the 21st of this month, just 17 short days away, then I am Happy to have had 23 wonderful years with my wife, and i am also very happy that i will be taking the rest of you with me:)

  • Anonymous

    There is already a news story going around the date for the world to end is not 2012,but something like 2036. Some miscalculation of the calendar date. When the world is still around on the 22th,, then the story it was the wrong year will make headlines. .

    I believe the world could end soon::
    When/If a nuke goes off in the middle east,…..there will be so much confusion, within 3 days Russia and USA will exchange nukes, we will never know who went first, but it will not be limited. Once Russia or US sends one nuke to each other,they will send them all at each other.

    • TacRecon882

      Myan calendar? Probably not. Economic collapse? Maybe….

      Consider the last election. It was preached for over a year that 47% of us pay no taxes. Obama campaigned exclusively to the 47% and immigrants and won.

      If you take the 47% and add the small percentage of bleeding heart liberals, they outnumber the tax payers. It seems to be at a point where people who pay the taxes could not possibly ever win an election again, we are outnumbered.

  • trisailer

    The interesting thing about all these doomsday predictions is the way they reflect our individual subconscience desires to be punished for being human.

    Human history is full of these doomsday warnings and I think it has to do with people feeling like they don’t deserve to have a happy, balanced life free of fear.

    The real lesson we should be getting from the Mayan’s is that while they were focused on appeasing their gods they were outstripping the available resources. They had no way of knowing that, but we do.

    Given our amazing ability to create and to manipulate our environment, to change and to adapt we don’t have to give into fear. We can apply our reason and logic to produce a sustainable world and put myth where it belongs, in the realm of art and poetry and each persons individual interpretation of beauty.

    • Anonymous

      I think your first paragraph has some real validity. Why else would we have reelected Obama?

  • Anonymous

    the mayans erroneously thought that civilization would be at a point where we could make another calendar to pick up where they left off. sorry mayans…..

  • Anonymous

    TEOTWAWKI, and I feel fine.

  • ThisIsMe247

    1/1/00, 6/6/6, 11/11/11.. Need I say more? If the world in fact was going to end, what good would worrying do anyways? Get over it people.

  • Anonymous

    There are silly fools saying so, and silly fools believing what they say. Remember the fools that went into the mountains at the end of 1999. Relax folks, if the world ends it most likley will be man made and it will probably be a long drawn-out affair. I won’t hold my breath.

    • Frankie

      I like your comment. You’re right, if the world is going to ‘end’, it will be a drawn out process, and more than likely caused my mankind. There isn’t going to be some sudden, world-ending apocalypse like a lot of people believe. That would be too quick, too easy!.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take my chances that God is not a liar. No man knows the day or the hour, not even the Son, but only our father who is in heaven knows. Oh I am sure I will get comments on this and that’s fine. I am not telling anyone else what to believe, so please don’t tell me what to believe. If you think the world will end, knock yourself out and do what ever you want.

  • Anonymous

    RE Poll Question. “Do you think the world will end during your lifetime?”

    I was kind of hoping for a Zombie Apocalypse.

    • Anonymous

      Isn’t that exactly the system we have? You have the Owners that rule over and oversee the rollout of the New World Order which offers “stuff” to those who serve them, which in turn keeps the dutiful underlings subservient and indebted to the Owners forever?

  • Some say a comet will fall from the sky.
    Followed by meteor showers and tidal waves.
    Followed by faultlines that cannot sit still.
    Followed by millions of dumbfounded dipsh1ts.

    Some say the end is near.
    Some say we’ll see armageddon soon.

    I certainly hope we will cuz
    I sure could use a vacation from this…

  • Anonymous

    When the Mayan Calendar was created, the end of the year cycle only meant for it to have something new, and that the beginning of the new calendar only demands for people to have a physical and spiritual transformation, just like resolutions in New Years every January 1st.

  • Anonymous

    This is really great. About two more weeks of putting up with LePage’s sick crap.

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