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5 Reasons Mayans Are Wrong About 2012

Okay, everyone “knows” that the Mayans have predicted the end of the world. According to Wikipedia, the premiere source of all 100% factual and reliable information on the internet:

According to the Popol Vuh, a book compiling details of creation accounts known to the K’iche’ Maya of the Colonial-era highlands, we are living in the fourth world.[29] The Popol Vuh describes the first three creations that the gods failed in making and the creation of the successful fourth world where men were placed. In the Maya Long Count, the previous creation ended at the start of a 14th b’ak’tun.

The previous creation ended on a long count of 12.19.19.17.19. Another 12.19.19.17.19 will occur on December 20, 2012, followed by the start of the 14th b’ak’tun, 13.0.0.0.0, on December 21, 2012.[n 7] There is only one reference to the current creation’s 13th b’ak’tun in the fragmentary Mayan corpus: Tortuguero Monument 6, part of a ruler’s inscription.”

What that means is the end of some kind of thing will happen on 21 Dec 2012. But let’s consider a few things.

1) The end of the world has been predicted so many times, it’s not funny, and every single one of the predictions has been wrong, from ancient Greeks to U2.

2) Even if the Mayan calendar was somehow the correct one, which, let’s face it, it isn’t, it would just be the end of a cycle, and then the start of another cycle. Just like how you put your lights away and took your tree decorations down sometime this weekend. There will be another one. Look in your stores right now. See any Valentine’s Day stuff out? Yeah, probably.

3) Alignments are ridiculous. The sun goes through a cycle every 25 million years or so that takes it through the galactic plane. It’s been 3 million years. The alignment causes nothing. Also, as far as planets, Jupiter is larger than all the other planets combined. When Jupiter is in opposition to the earth, it causes less than 1% of the gravity disruption than the moon causes every single day. Heard of tides? Yeah.

4) Rogue planets are ridiculous. The planet referred to as either “Planet X”, subject of numerous poll responses on JREF, or “Nibiru”, subject of many serious discussions on the whackjob site Atlantis Rising, does not exist, and will not impact the earth. If it was even on a trajectory to hit the earth, it would be visible. Right now. Hiding in your closet.

This is the most important one.

5) The Mayans couldn’t even predict the end of their autonomous civilization. Why would we think they could predict the end of the entire world? They were a civilization for thousands of years, but as soon as the Spanish came, bam, end of the 17th century they had all been conquered. Did we see any texts about that? No. No mention of their downfall. So why should we believe the meanderings and wishful thinking of the people who either are crazy enough to believe it, or who have a financial stake in believing it? We shouldn’t.

Bonus reason: Furthermore, the end of the world comes awfully close to Christmas. Many of us will be traveling that day, or awaiting people traveling to us. There will be shopping to do, and presents to wrap, and food to buy, and it’s awfully inconvenient for the end of the world to be happening right then. If the Mayans were smart at all, they’d have waited until, say, the middle of August when nothing is going on.

So how much stock can we put in this calendar thing? Why would we buy into it?

One reason: Partying. So make sure you stock up on your end-of-world party gear, like a book, a book, a book or a t-shirt! Or maybe some alcohol, alcohol, or alcohol ! And of course, some fireworks. Why not have it twice? End of world, and then later, New Year’s Eve? How cool is that? As cool as a Choose Your Own Blog Adventure?

So don’t fear any literal end of the world. It’s going to continue long after anyone reading this is gone, unless for some reason this becomes some kind of holy text in a future civilization, which it might. Silly Human Race!

Edward Hotspur

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413 comments on “5 Reasons Mayans Are Wrong About 2012

  1. Plant Electrician
    November 17, 2012

    Well put Humanoid Man.

  2. pouringmyartout
    November 17, 2012

    My favorite part of the Mayan calendar is opening up the little doors to get the piece of chocolate out…

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 17, 2012

      Choclatl

    • DrFrood
      November 26, 2012

      When I was a child (and still got Mayan calendars), I’d find that when I opened the little doors I got bits of sacrificed humans. I would have preferred chocolate to be honest.

  3. ApplePieAndNapalm
    November 17, 2012

    LOL, the Mayans are buying all the Twinkees and tin foil for their nifty hats.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 17, 2012

      Twinkies… mmmm… good stuff

    • Tara Fly
      November 25, 2012

      The Mayans were predicting the END OF THE TWINKIES!! O_O

      • Edward Hotspur
        November 25, 2012

        Snack cakes, or sparkly vampires?

        • Tara Fly
          November 25, 2012

          Quetzalcoatl would kick sparkly vampire a$$! But now that Twinkies are gone, we’ll have to stockpile McDonald’s French Fries. :P

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 26, 2012

            Or Little Debbies? Krispy Kreme? Still plenty of options. Carrots? Lol

  4. H.E. ELLIS
    November 17, 2012

    Maybe we’ve read it all wrong. After all, didn’t they use the letter X like, friggin’ everywhere?

    This is the best I’ve got while drinking. See why I don’t do it much?

  5. eyeLaugh
    November 18, 2012

    I can’t wait for all the end-of-the-world parties. booze for everyone!! and good point about the Mayans not even being able to predict their own demise. Maybe this calendar thing is humanity’s first version of being Rick Rolled, or trolled.

  6. benzeknees
    November 18, 2012

    You’re just taking your lights & your tree down? Shouldn’t you just be getting ready to put them up?

  7. Jupiter
    November 18, 2012

    Reblogged this on DIY or Die: Survival in a Post-Apocalyptic World and commented:
    Smart Preppers stockpile alcohol…..for one hell of an End of the World party.

  8. Adam S
    November 24, 2012

    You’re live, man. Congratulations!

  9. skyblueguy
    November 24, 2012

    Interesting post.

  10. H.E. ELLIS
    November 24, 2012

    Sigh…
    And so it begins. I’ll be proud to say I knew you when. As far as the link goes- you’re the best, Hotspur.

  11. allthingsgibberish
    November 24, 2012

    Awesome explanation, you should do more posts like this. looking forward to more, I followed you :)

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      LOL I have 960+ posts, and lots of them are like this. Thank you!

  12. Writer Fighter
    November 24, 2012

    Soon it will be crazy if someone hasn’t predicted the end of the world! Brilliant post!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      Thanks! People are always predicting the end of the world, but they’re always wrong

  13. rami ungar the writer
    November 24, 2012

    You remind me of that song by Jay Sean, “2012″. Proves the point you/’re making; there’s nothing to worry about, let’s party.

  14. Seyi sandra
    November 24, 2012

    Beautifully written Edward!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      Thank you – coming from you, that’s a great compliment!

  15. Love and Lunchmeat
    November 24, 2012

    I am supposed to move on the 28th. Really hoping you’re DEAD WRONG so that I don’t have to… UGH. Congrats on the fresh press!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      Thank you very much! But… the 28th? That’s a bad time to move! Right between Xmas and New Year’s?

      • Love and Lunchmeat
        November 24, 2012

        Yeah, it was meant to be a compromise, closing in late November (for mortgage reasons), and then renting until after Christmas. They’re teachers, so they want to move while on break anyway.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 24, 2012

          Oh, well that makes sense, but there’s days off before Xmas right?

          • Love and Lunchmeat
            November 24, 2012

            My husband works any day the stock market is open. That left either the 2st or the 28th. I’m probably the only person here who’s holding out hope for Armageddon… In all seriousness though, you have tons of great stuff, and are long overdue for a FP. Congrats again!

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 24, 2012

            Awwww, thanks! Good luck with your move…

  16. remizaidan
    November 24, 2012

    LOL… Somebody asked me couple of weeks ago to give them my opinion as a scientist about the end of the world next December. I said that as a scientist, I have too many more important things on my mind to worry about than to deal with such questions… Next time this happens, I’ll just link them to this post. ;)

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      I know! The end of the world is not important to science – no world around us means nothing to study!

      • Remi Zaidan
        November 24, 2012

        Yes! Well, to be fair, science has it’s own theories about the end of the world… But see, we usually give a ballpark figure of few to several billions years! And to give a specific date, just sounds funny!!

  17. Jackson Williams
    November 24, 2012

    Reblogged this on Bored American Tribune. and commented:
    Thank you. — J.W.

  18. tetyanalive
    November 24, 2012

    Hilarious! Thanks

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      You’re welcome! Check out some other things! Take some with you – there’s plenty.

  19. joehoover
    November 24, 2012

    Holy fuck, it finally happened. If the world ends we can die happy seeing you Freshly Pressed just beforehand.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      I think me getting Freshly Pressed is one of the signs of the end times.

      • joehoover
        November 24, 2012

        Then I may as well go pour another drink.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 24, 2012

          There’s really not a reason not to not do the opposite of pouring a drink, is there? Seriously, is there? Because wine.

  20. geraintreesdiary
    November 24, 2012

    haha i loved this :)

  21. Andreas Moser
    November 24, 2012

    This Maya calendar has been completely misinterpreted. Here is how to read it properly: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/will-the-world-come-to-an-end-in-december-2012/

  22. Arne
    November 24, 2012

    Besides, the Mayan calendar didn’t account for leap years. So it is 7 months off at this date. Yep, end of the world was somewhere in May this year. And nobody even noticed..

  23. rbbaileyjr
    November 24, 2012

    Reblogged this on R.B.'s SPACE and commented:
    Heard about it…but never contemplated the end of the world just yet.

  24. GingerSnaap
    November 24, 2012

    I say it is no coincidence that Hostess went out of business damn near the Mayans end of the world prediction date!

    *How many comments now?*

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      Not including mine, 18 since FP. Time to use your code word! ‘Calendar’

      • GingerSnaap
        November 24, 2012

        Oooo- I see what you did there…”Calendar”! Thanks!

        *95* You wait and see..

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 24, 2012

          Hooray for you!

          • GingerSnaap
            November 24, 2012

            Do my comments count towards my ’95′ prediction?

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 24, 2012

            some of them, but not an excessive amount. Who knows – maybe something will stick, like back during Brainrants’ FP days, and I’ll be on the front page for 2 weeks.

  25. becomingcliche
    November 24, 2012

    No, the middle of August is definitely out for end-of-world shenanigans. That’s when the back-to-school sales are in full swing. Mid January, maybe?

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      But not in the Southern Hemisphere.

      I vote we convert to metric time. So like 47 o’clock on the 57th of April.

  26. vidablogg
    November 24, 2012

    “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
    -Matthew 24:36

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      “This is the Day…This is the Hour…This is This” – Pop Will Eat Itself

    • Adam S
      November 24, 2012

      Yeah, but Matthew wasn’t Mayan. He was Chinese. I think.

      • Edward Hotspur
        November 24, 2012

        That sounds right.

      • vidablogg
        November 24, 2012

        Very humorous *laughs*. You may be right… hmm perhaps he was Chinese.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 24, 2012

          Though that’s a different calendar altogether…

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 24, 2012

          Hi. I left a comment in your labyrinth – please rescue it out of your spam filter? Silly WP, does that sometimes.

          • vidablogg
            November 26, 2012

            Thank you for the heads up, was not aware of that. I did rescued it/came across it, and was glad I did. Thank you.

  27. daydreamingactress
    November 24, 2012

    I must begin collecting party supplies- I mean… rations…

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      This isn’t a zombie apocalypse – more like a party apocalypso!

      • daydreamingactress
        November 24, 2012

        my type of apocalypse! let’s get this end of civilization on the road!

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 24, 2012

          Fortunately, the Mayans didn’t predict any sort of end to the End of the World Party!

  28. angelialmogela
    November 24, 2012

    Only God knows. :)

  29. hastywords
    November 24, 2012

    Perfect as always!!! I will do all of the alcohol and firework parties because well it sounds fun!!!! And thank you Mr Hotspur for being amazing

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 24, 2012

      I’m only the mirror in which all of you are reflected.

      BTW, did you check your code phrase? More importantly, did a lot of other people?

      • hastywords
        November 25, 2012

        I loved where my code phrase went!!!! I haven’t been here in a few days but will be back tomorrow to catch up! :) Thank you again!!!

  30. susielindau
    November 24, 2012

    Congratulations on the FP Edward!
    My son and daughter brought up a great point about this at Thanksgiving: leap year.
    Hey it will be a fun night to party anyway!

  31. Christy
    November 24, 2012

    “…middle of August when nothing is going on.” Um no, my birthday is in the middle of August, so something is happening! I don’t want to have the world end around my birthday! :(

  32. Snakehair
    November 24, 2012

    It’s not the “end of the world” they were talking about. that idea is so old already and so inaccurate… it was something about the age of aquarius. those damn hippies were right! we are currently in the age of pisces, and the end of this cycle will transform into the beginning of a new one- the age of aquarius. each age last something around 2000 years. last time we went into a new age, some guy named jesus came around and started talking about fish and god and trippy shit and whatnot. FISH…. pisces. it all makes sense if you really look into it.
    but im not saying i know much about it. either way, i’m going to PARTY or as i like to call it “pregame the afterlife” with a shitton of psychedelics and hallucinogens you won’t know one universe from another

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      So someone will… start talking about water soon?

      • Snakehair
        November 25, 2012

        absolutely. i have a feeling we’ll evolve back into having gills. the place will be flooded! you just wait… water is ALREADY a trending topic. i mean, look how badly people want to save it with their green reusable water bottles and lunchbag carrier device bullshit. its only a matter of time until it become ALL we talk about…. hopefully i’ll be dead by then. maybe there will be a zombie attack afterall..

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          Well, in all fairness, water has been trending since trending began, what with it being, you know, important to staying alive and stuff.

          • Snakehair
            November 25, 2012

            yes it’s necessary and all… but ever since they started making tons of money off of it and even CARRIERS for it, telling us our consumerism would somehow save the planet, that’s a little “apocalyptic” if you ask me.

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 25, 2012

            Bottled water means end times? Overstated.

  33. segmation
    November 24, 2012

    I know you only posted 5 reasons, but I bet you could come up with more! Thanks for sharing.

  34. fathinfikriyansyah
    November 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on willbeajournalist.

  35. misfit120
    November 25, 2012

    Damn….now that means I have to go shopping again.

  36. vincitore117
    November 25, 2012

    :) the debate wii continue till the end of this year without any answer

  37. Areeb Majeed
    November 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on TechInUs and commented:
    Nice Post

  38. jony (@jonymeda)
    November 25, 2012

    nice blog bro

  39. Khaleesi
    November 25, 2012

    No no. the world can’t end just yet. Nice theory rite there!

  40. afelguera
    November 25, 2012

    Mayans never said the World is gonna finish… and also It’s not true gravity has no influence on humans… even it is well-known the moon is causing high/low tides…

    Pls, review your post and think what is really true, and what are you forcing to believe in order not to consider real messages we’ve received for this moment, and that implies a change on yourself.

    Or do you think times we are living now are “just a random/cyclic period”? so strange, isn’t it…

    Thank you very much for listening me.

    Bests,
    TF

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Some of that lives next door to the truth’s second cousin.

  41. Jen and Tonic
    November 25, 2012

    If the Mayans DO happen to be correct, I hope the last song playing is R.E.M.’s “End Of The World As We Know It”

    Congrats on being FP’d!

    C

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Thanks! I was hoping for Buffet’s Why Don’t We Get Drunk and Screw

  42. vishalthinks
    November 25, 2012

    a really good (and funny!) take on this madness.. its amazing that so many people would actually blindly believe the world to end after all the education they’ve had! I admit i liked the movie ’2012′ .. it showed us how would the world end, if it ever did, as per the prediction :)
    cheers!

  43. GP
    November 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on misentopop.

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  45. jibutomjose
    November 25, 2012

    Looking 4ward to see which calender is gonna predict the “next” end of the world after 2012…
    It wouldn’t be long b4 someone digs up some ancient manuscript or other artifact that predicts d new date of apocalypse…
    Crazy!!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      And we have plenty of people predicting it all the time…

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  47. Justcallmegertie
    November 25, 2012

    I am devastated! Does this mean I will have to repay all that debt I made in anticipation of the 21st?

  48. olsonwright
    November 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on olsonwright's Blog and commented:
    suck it

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      That wasn’t very nice. Now no one will follow your blog because you’re such a douche canoe.

  49. luckykaye
    November 25, 2012

    Oh please, not August, its the only bit of summer we get in England. How about October? Oh no, your Halloween, Feb, nope I’m on holiday…damn…can’t really think of a good time.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      If the world ends in fire, it will be plenty warm for you! But if it ends in a comet strike, I don’t know… hope those comets get back to work soon.

  50. julesnoise
    November 25, 2012

    ˙uʍop ǝpısdn ʇı pɐǝɹ noʎ ˙5105 ɹoɟ sı pןɹoʍ ǝɥʇ ɟo puǝ uɐʎɐɯ ǝɥʇ ‘buoɹʍ ןןɐ ʇı ʇob noʎ

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Ha ha! And the Mayans didn’t use Arabic numerals too! Lol

  51. jumeirajames
    November 25, 2012

    If anybody really really believes the prediction I’ll buy their house off them for $1000 next week, cash down.

  52. Bix
    November 25, 2012

    Anybody who thinks the world is going to end in 2012 is an idiot. An absolute idiot.
    Speaking of which, that movie was terrible.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Why did you see it?

      • Bix
        November 25, 2012

        I didn’t want to. My brother was watching it because “there was nothing else on,” and I had nothing really better to do at the time. I hate it.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          Oh – well, perhaps people believe in the end times because there’s nothing better to believe at the time? ;)

  53. Khaleesi Godece
    November 25, 2012

    this made my day. haha! :D

  54. Nicolás García
    November 25, 2012

    You have a very, very shalow interpretation of the Mayans history. This is not about the destruction of the world. I think you underestimate the intelligence of their people.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Thanks for your critique of my doctoral thesis on the Mayan culture and tradit- oh, wait a minute, it was a blog post.

      • Nicolás García
        November 25, 2012

        Not becouse is a blog post it should be weak. Sorry for my english, i am from Chile. Saludos.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          I did say that it was not about the destruction of the world, but just the end of a cycle. As a blog post, it is not required to be serious or scholarly – and in fact, portions of it can be humorous.

  55. 1stpeaksteve
    November 25, 2012

    I always thought the same about their inability to predict the end of their own civilization. I also imagined a group of people hard at work making boxes and putting numbers to it. The fact that they made it to 2012 is pretty impressive. I would have stopped that project at 1410.

  56. michelleatplay
    November 25, 2012

    Thank you so much for this post. What with Thanksgiving just finished for us Americans and the upcoming holidays, I was busy enough without the whole, say goodbye to the world and make peace with who I am and is there an afterlife and all.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Right – can you imagine all the cooking the end of the world spread would require?

  57. Facetious Firecracker
    November 25, 2012

    Sometimes I’m inclined to believe that the end times are coming. After all, Pajama Jeans and Fifty Shades of Grey are real things.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      I’m inclined to believe that the Mayans predicted the end of the Twilight series. And good call, that.

  58. marksackler
    November 25, 2012

    The Mayan culture wasn’t conquered by the Spanish. It was already long gone when they go there. It collapsed for unknown reasons before the end of the first millennium.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      I know they were really conquered by the Atlanteans, but I didn’t want to open that can of worms here.

      I know they weren’t really conquered by the Atlanteans either. I’m just impressing upon you the level of scholarship I’m at with this post. I mean, I followed the Spanish thing with “Did we see any texts about that?” Cheers!

  59. Bix
    November 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on The World of Bix and commented:
    One of the posts that the public (the people at my school) seriously needs to read.

  60. Ganesh Raam
    November 25, 2012

    hehehe… Nice explanation!

  61. Lee
    November 25, 2012

    The Mayan calendar isn’t about the literal end of the world any more than the Creation story in the Bible is about the literal beginning of the world or the book of Revelation is about the literal end of the world. These are symbolic stories and chartings of the spiritual cycles of humankind. Oh, and in the Bible, it should be translated “end of the age,” not “end of the world.”

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      What should be translated? And there are those who claim that the Bible is the literal word of God. Are you calling them a liar? ;)

      I think you are taking the post seriously, and I also think you read the title and maybe one paragraph. Which you are certainly entitled to do! I am not the boss of you! No, I am not, no matter what everyone else says! So when you’re out there, giving it your best, just remember:
      When reading my post, it’s important to:

      Pay attention to the exact words, not passing over or adding anything to the text.
      Put particular verses and statements in the context of the story in which they are embedded, and of related statements elsewhere in my post.

      • Adam S
        November 25, 2012

        Tell him Ed!

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          I’m just trying to keep this all light and silly as it was intended. Some people are pointing out the “flaws” in my “argument”, but they are missing the point, which is: I love bacon.

          • Adam S
            November 25, 2012

            It was supposed to be “light and silly” ? I guess I can scrap by rebuttal post then…

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 25, 2012

            Yes. The flying monkeys and pink undergarments can be put safely away.

            The world will end, but we’ll have plenty of time to move to lots of other planets before then.

          • Adam S
            November 25, 2012

            I’m one step ahead buddy. I’m playing with the rover right now. I’m getting a surprisingly strong wi-fi signal out here. Nanu Nanu.

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 25, 2012

            Has yours gone live yet? I’m too lazy to click three tabs over.

          • Adam S
            November 25, 2012

            No. I’m getting antsy.

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 25, 2012

            I had shifted into ‘whatever’ mode, when it finally went live at about 5pm Saturday.

            You know, I wonder what Maya Rudolph thinks about the end times. That is one Maya I haven’t checked out yet.

          • Adam S
            November 25, 2012

            I’m excited. I wish it would happen already. Maya doesn’t strike me as a proponent of the end times prophecy…

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 25, 2012

            She’s not on SNL anymore, so that world ended for her.

      • Lee
        November 27, 2012

        Wow, I’m glad I didn’t choose to follow replies by email. My hard drive would be full by now. ;-)

        Can’t handle a straight man, eh?

        And don’t think I didn’t notice that you took a peek at my blog.

        P.S. I read the whole thing. And it was funny.

        • Lee
          November 27, 2012

          P.P.S. Haha! Got you to look!

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 27, 2012

            Do you realize you say what I quoted back to you in a post, but your about page says you love to quote the Bible out of context? That is self-contradictory, isn’t it? Reconcile, please.

          • Lee
            November 27, 2012

            Ha! Got you to look again! Score!!!!

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 27, 2012

            No, just the once.

        • Lee
          November 27, 2012

          P.P.P.S. Everybody else is posting links, so I’ll do it too:
          http://leewoof.org/2012/09/25/can-we-really-believe-the-bible/
          WARNING: This link leads to a serious article. Follow at your own risk.

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 27, 2012

            And then visit the Skeptic’s Annotated Bible.

          • Lee
            November 27, 2012

            Took a look, but it’s sorta superficial. *Yawn*

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 27, 2012

            Yes, I can see where a supposed Biblical scholar wouldn’t be interested in a massive indexed reference discussing the many numerous and varied inconsistencies inherently present in the Bible. After all, you’re not interested in the Mayan calendar, considering how you shoehorned a Biblical discussion in the comments…

            Which reminds me… I looked at your blog once, but you’ve looked at mine how many times now?

            *jazz hands*

          • Lee
            November 27, 2012

            The skeptics’ view of the Bible is just as superficial as the fundamentalists’ view of the Bible. They’re two sides of the same coin. Biblical scholars who aren’t stuck on a literal, inerrantist interpretations of the Bible find both views equally trivial, useless, and silly.

            Personally, I find both views boring and passé. Hence the *Yawn*

            Anyway, I thought the idea was to keep things “light and silly” here. What’s with all the serious argument and criticism?

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 27, 2012

            A side order of fries.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 27, 2012

          Well okay then.

  62. jackjaster
    November 25, 2012

    Reblogged this on That's the News, Jack. and commented:
    Amen. I’m tired if hearing about the end of the world. Shit or get off the pot planet.

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  64. annewhitaker
    November 25, 2012

    Thanks for talking some sense about this! You are describing millenarianism – to find out more, click here:
    http://anne-whitaker.com/2012/03/13/lets-talk-some-sense-about-mayan-calendar-prophecies/

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Thank you for saying I make sense! I’m not really talking millenarianism, though – that time passed in 2000, or 2001, depending on how you account for this. And I learned everything I needed to know from the Robbie Williams song Millennium:

      • annewhitaker
        November 25, 2012

        No, it didn’t! Millenarianism doesn’t just apply to thousand year periods – it’s an archetype, a mindset….have a wee read of the post, which defines the big M via an eminent
        historian….glad you have put up your post, since I really am fed up of hearing ( and reading) all the gullible nonsense talked about it. And if we are wrong, let’s eat our hats together in Hades…..

  65. ultimaterhapsody
    November 25, 2012

    Don’t dethrone the wording of the Mayans. The End of the world might come. i mean… man has destroyed the world so much. we fight one another. we kill each other. we bomb each other. we pollute the air. There is political unrest. Economic downfall. and of course Famine and disease. There is an verse that you should take warn to…

    “And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.

    And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.”

    You can call me a fool and a sillyheart if you like. That’s your privilege. but Don’t denounce till you know for sure that the end will come on Dec. 21st. because chances are… it might still happen. not that it will. but again… how do we know for sure that it will or won’t happen? We don’t. it’s at this moment… all a wait and see.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Let me put on my Serious Hat for a second: The Mayan calendar only signified the end of a cycle, not the end of the world. I am not discounting any given day as being the end of the world. There is certainly a nonzero chance of the world ending on any given day at any given time, for multiple definitions of ‘end’ and ‘world’.

      But since this is true of ANY day, there is no special significance for 21 Dec 2012. I would denounce anyone’s prediction of the end of the world, because both the earth and humanity are extremely resilient. We will not destroy ourselves.

      You cannot go against nature, because when you do go against nature, it’s part of nature too.

      And as I said before, I love bacon.

      • ultimaterhapsody
        November 25, 2012

        How do you know that? Man can destroy the world. we already have. take a look around and view our government of the U.S. We go to war. countries attack us because they fear us. We are bombing each other and driving ourselves to a nuclear winter.

        You are right about Mother Nature being the one in control. she is… but then there is the part where we need to take into consideration that there is only so much that she can do. like taking measures in correcting herself and that can only go so long. God can also destroy the planet. 4 horses. Red black and White then the Pale. you can denounce it. but it is a fact. Take a hard look at all that man has done to the world. destroying it. you can’t tell me that you yourself in your heart don’t see it. Maybe there is no significance in the date 12-21-12. maybe it’s a hoax. but then again can we be deemed worthy to declare that there isn’t a germ of truth in it?

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          Yes, we can. Who made the 12-21-12 prediction? Humans. If humans are “worthy” enough to make the prediction, we are “worthy” enough to denounce it. (Who determines “worth”, anyway?) And think over the years, how many times people have predicted the end of the world and been wrong. Literally. Every. Time.

          There are many people saving the world. It’s more difficult to do, and it takes more time and effort, but it can be done, and is being done. Put your faith in the good aspects of humanity, and put down your sign.

          Also, the Cold War has been over for 21 years. Nuclear winter, indeed. War, famine, pestilence – these are cyclical. Death – this is inevitable (so far). Those horsemen are riding out now, will always ride, and have always ridden. There is no need to fear them.

          • ultimaterhapsody
            November 25, 2012

            I guess that i can agree with that. but in my heart i see what the world is leading itself towards. the end. i won’t force you to agree with it. i can’t see that there is any truth in any of it. i see both sides. i see what many others believe. and i also see your side. I understand that there are many upon many variables on the theories to the end of the world. how it’ll end. and despite that… i feel as though we can be sure to agree on one. Whatever happens… happens… come what may. But the real question that we must ask each other is: Are we ready for it?

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 25, 2012

            Little things like the end of the world are nothing compared to the end of something personal and meaningful to you.

          • ultimaterhapsody
            November 25, 2012

            Amen! I agree! You have a very high point. i’m sold. *Winks*

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 25, 2012

            :)

  66. Aisa
    November 25, 2012

    Interesting! I’m going to travel to the Mayan civilization (or what’s left of it) in 9 days, and during the beginning of the Christmas season too. Am I doom, lol?

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      No. You are safe as houses. Especially if you visit the Cancun portion of the Mayan civilization.

  67. earwaxdissertation
    November 25, 2012

    Like I told my ex about the world ending, sorry… we are not that lucky to be put out of our misery. Besides, if it did happen, I know the joke would be on me when I would be reborn as myself. Id have to repost this whole comment again.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      You’ve said that before….

      Just kidding. Isn’t it funny how everyone was a king or powerful person in their past lives? Makes you wonder what they did to deserve a step down, doesn’t it?

  68. Gilles Havik
    November 25, 2012

    There currently is a Maya alliance in Mexico and Guatemala, which holds some knowledge which has been transmitted over generations. They are called Oxaljuj Ajpop . Here’s an interesting article about them http://firstpeoples.org/wp/tag/oxaljuj-ajpop/ .
    The bottom line is that we are entering a new era. Just like the christmas lights, indeed, but on a larger time scale.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Sort of like an era plus, right?

      • Gilles Havik
        November 27, 2012

        Era plus? I do think they believe in cycles. But cycles evolve. It would be cool if there came some kind of intergalactic conception. Then we’d suddenly know what to do.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 27, 2012

          We already know. Improve ourselves and humanity, all the time.

          • Gilles Havik
            December 2, 2012

            Ok, we know, but we don’t always know that we know. You know?

  69. seakist
    November 25, 2012

    Nothing going on in the middle of August? That’s my birthday :)

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Oh, sorry… I meant nationally, like a federal holiday.

  70. tbelcheva
    November 25, 2012

    So you are positive the world is not going to end? That means I have to pay my credit card bill? Damn ;)
    I love bacon too!

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  72. humanistdisciple
    November 25, 2012

    I just want to say thank you for helping separate myth from fact. We need more people out there looking at things like this the way you do!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Thanks! I like having different points of view, but I also like when some of them are like mine.

  73. Created ~ Create.it
    November 25, 2012

    Thank you for saying what I couldn’t quite put into words! Lol, love it!

  74. Fr. Jojo
    November 25, 2012

    The Mayans and the mayan calendar don’t say it’s going to be the end of the world…Have you been to Tikal? Do you know any expert in the Mayan Culture? Just wondering…

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      You’re right – they don’t. That’s why I say they don’t in the post. And a few comments upstream, a gentleman from Chile seems to know what he’s talking about.

      I’ve also seen Maya Rudolph on SNL

      • Fr. Jojo
        November 25, 2012

        Thanks for the reply…I normally don’t make comments in the thread but because you sounded like you’re trying to correct the Mayans, it seemed unfair to me to comment on an ancient culture (5,000 years BC) you haven’t been into…That’s why, I asked if you’ve been to Tikal and knew any expert to help you get more accurate info…The Mayan Culture isn’t dead…it’s existing and very spiritual…

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          Yes. This post contained… okay, have you heard of The Onion? This post said no one texted anyone about the fall of the Mayans due to the Spanish. Texted. Again, that’s texted. Hopefully that frames this post properly.

          • Coleen
            November 26, 2012

            The problem is that the post made it onto Freshly Pressed, and it seems fairly serious in nature. The title could’ve been adjusted to make it more obviously satirical.

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 26, 2012

            THE POST made it onto Freshly Pressed. THE POST. THE ENTIRE POST. Once again, THE POST made it onto Freshly Pressed.

            Not just the title! No, no, no. Stop, stop, stop. Not the title. THE ENTIRE POST! ALL THE POST, ALL DAY LONG, AND ALL NIGHT LONG!

            *Jazz Hands*

            And I’ve checked all available documentation, but as far as I can tell, it’s not my job to read the post to people. This is a preliminary and rough estimate, and possibly not scientifically accurate, but approximately 100% of people who have had trouble with this post have clearly not read it.

            Now, to specifically address your concerns. The PROBLEM, Coleen, is that people are not reading past the title, using their Superpowers of Literacy! Sure, my blog may be immature at times, but that has to do with Maturity, not Literacy! And even if one skips reading anything at all whatsoever, the picture is of Death playing clak-clak-ball with a series of planets.

            In closing, I feel certain that when one reads the entire post, it IS obviously satirical. And, as always, I love bacon.

            Please, Coleen, for the love of Quetzlcoatl, never, under any circumstances, read anything on The Onion.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          P.S. I like the Cancun portion of the Mayan culture.

  75. Sofía
    November 25, 2012

    I hope the new cycle of all this mayan prediction has something to do with awareness and conscious of more people.
    Thank your for your post! :)

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      I agree – I hope that at the very least, people come together over the possibility, and then stay together.

  76. ridicuryder
    November 25, 2012

    Mr Hotspur,

    Congratulations on the FP………your assignment of Rogue Planets and Alignments into the Ridiculous file has annoyed MY MEGALOMANIAC somewhat. Please choose your next few weeks carefully.

    RidicuRyder

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      The next few weeks have already been chosen, beginning with 26 Nov 2012 and continuing on through the end of the year. What does an Incubus song have to do with anything?

      Negai wa anata ni furisosogu sotto kanashimi wo koete.

      • ridicuryder
        November 25, 2012

        We seem to have been taken seriously……….please forgive our fucking with you…….you may be getting some terse tones tonight – ours wasn’t meant to be one of them.

        Congratulations again,

        RidicuRyder

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 25, 2012

          Awww, I didn’t get to use my carefully prepared description of your blog…

          • ridicuryder
            November 26, 2012

            It’s Bromantic Monday……can we do it at my place?

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 26, 2012

            Do what?

  77. Congrats on your Fresh Pressing …. I’m starting to lose hope :)

  78. My kid also won’t allow the world to end the day BEFORE he turns 10 years old…those double digits are important – for Mayan kids or Italian kids…

  79. elizabethweaver
    November 25, 2012

    I’m looking for a housemate in Northern CA…this is everywhere! It makes me sad and surprised. However, the absolute positive is that most of the people I speak with see this as an opportunity, not that the world will end, but that a new cycle begins so they are setting the intention, worldwide, to set a positive intention for themselves to serve others better and for our species to step forward more positively and to reverse the ills we’ve brought upon one another and the planet. In that respect, this could be positive whether the underlying premise is ridiculous or possible. Here’s to a positive shift even if I don’t believe that it’s due to prophecy. Thanks for your post.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 25, 2012

      Humanity doesn’t need a calendar for rebirth. It can choose this path at any time.

  80. ourjourneytothesea
    November 25, 2012

    It’s a good excuse for a party. When we all wake up with our hangovers the next day we will be wishing that the world did end!

  81. Tara Fly
    November 25, 2012

    It’s interesting that “The Hobbit” was originally scheduled to premiere on the 21st. But I suppose Peter Jackson didn’t want his epic to compete with the real END OF THE WORLD!
    Now the studio has one week to recoup their $250 million… unfortunately, nobody will be left alive to watch the 2nd and 3rd films.
    Damn Jackson, and his penchant for trilogies! :P

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      That is a shameful money grab, isn’t it. Two movies I can see, but three?

  82. writerwendyreid
    November 25, 2012

    Have never been here but I enjoyed the post and wanted to say congrats on being freshly pressed. :-)

  83. The Daydreamer
    November 25, 2012

    Well, I’m just gald. :D ahaha. But I never really believed in their prediction.

  84. machrus2012
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on machcruise.

  85. iampriyam
    November 26, 2012

    for some people, it’s bit depressing to know that mayans were wrong.

  86. Outsider's Window
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on Outsider's Window.

  87. theslopingcompanion
    November 26, 2012

    The Mayans never predicted the end of the world but thank you for bastardizing their culture with your flawed rhetoric and pop culture mentality on the issue.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      I never said they did, but thank you for at least reading the title before proceeding with your kneejerk mischaracterization of my post.

  88. setiaelek19
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on setia store.

  89. Afilnet
    November 26, 2012

    Great post!

  90. followechoes
    November 26, 2012

    I think there is to much hype about the end of the world. I have lost count of how many times I have heard it in my lifetime and we are still here. Its meant to end on my daughters 10th birthday (its not going to be light the candles and BANG!!) I suppose if it did I wouldn’t have to worry about Christmas…

  91. jeaninjackson
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on Jean's place.

  92. Xiomara
    November 26, 2012

    The Spanish destroyed many of the texts of indigenous civilizations. It’s quite amazing that Popol Vuh is still around.

  93. Keifeto Darkles
    November 26, 2012

    I’m going to say that was a great look on the whole thing. Thank you for the funny read

  94. askothecoder
    November 26, 2012

    In Finland, the big loan companies use the world ending as an excuse to advertise “Pay your loans back before the world ends”. First and foremost, if it is going to end, then why on earth would I pay my loans back? 2012 has turned into a sparkling marketing year. Never again.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      Yes! That makes no sense. Same as the insurance they want you to buy to make their payments if something goes wrong.

  95. leniking
    November 26, 2012

    Some say Greece’s predicament will cause an economic meltdown… Could that have been what the Mayns meant, lol?

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      Greece is the time, it’s the place, it’s the motion. Greece is the way we are feeling.

  96. Matthew Rave
    November 26, 2012

    I guess the Earl of Worcester was wrong: you’re not hair-brain’d, govern’d by a spleen.

  97. legendsofyouth
    November 26, 2012

    The end of the world 2012 is such trash haha Great post, thanks for sharing and congrats on FP!

  98. Sony Fugaban
    November 26, 2012

    Holy text in future civilization…it came earlier than expected, huh.

    Congratulations!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      I often wonder what will be considered holy text 2000 years from now

      • Sony Fugaban
        November 26, 2012

        Something like what you wrote there–at least for me.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 26, 2012

          Whoa… I am no sage.

          • Sony Fugaban
            November 26, 2012

            In your own right, you are. Seriously, what your Freshly Pressed Post says you are now.

  99. crealea7
    November 26, 2012

    Lovely! Hopefully after this Mayan-End-Of-World-Sham, people can finally stop making fake predictions and stop wasting money on prepare-for-the-end stuff and enjoy life everyday like it is their last.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      There will always be charlatans claiming end times, looking to profit in money or attention.

  100. bivbolo
    November 26, 2012

    You are absolutely right, as a matter of fact, I will give a big party on 21 Dec 2012 so we can laugh by those who are still waiting for something to happen.

  101. Teddy3indc
    November 26, 2012

    Smart and witty and love reading it. I will make sure to go and do some sort of partying.

  102. Glenda
    November 26, 2012

    It is my Birthday on 12-21-12 and as far as it being the end…well if your celabrating with me it will be only the begining…

  103. cashierforgod
    November 26, 2012

    Thats a cool article, but I think many people in the west don’t seem to give any credence to the idea that the Mayan calendar is literally more advanced than ours. IE they knew more about time? We all come to truth in different ways, but that’s the one thing that is good to focus on with respect to the calendar. The calendar itself is really very interesting.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      Not sure what you mean… a calendar need only be so advanced.

      • cashierforgod
        November 26, 2012

        thats a presupposition of understanding of time, Edward!! I enjoy your blog. :) And Im going to follow it right now. Time, is about energy, and relativity. :)

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 26, 2012

          The Mayans didn’t have stopwatches. I mean, they were advanced, but come on. Of course, they have stopwatches now.

          • cashierforgod
            November 26, 2012

            Sure, very true Edward. Although stopwatches don’t tell us whats going to happen after they are stopped, right? Mayans adopt an idea of thinking that represents time being a cyclical loop, one of which they based their calendar upon. It would certainly implicate todays world if something like that were true, right? Edward, the western understanding of time is that it comes in the form of a linear, unchangable force. It is dangerous to live in this paradigm of thinking, because it seperates ideas, and instances, and embelleshes the ego. Think of it this way. We created a calendar to keep track of time, to put a leash on it. The mayans knew what time was, and exposed it. The problem with our understanding of time is that we are not apart of it, and it is just something to chase, exactly like a stopwatch.

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 26, 2012

            Calendars mark the passage of time. Period. That the Mayans used a series of complicated divisions in their reckoning doesn’t make it “advanced” or “right” or “lost mystical knowledge”. And the East is not necessarily superior to the West in philosophy, time or calendars.

            By the way, since the Mayans were in the Yucatan, you do realize that makes them Western, right?

            The earth takes 365.25 days to go around the sun, and rotates in 24 hours. All calendars are based on this – even ancient ones added time or suffered through seasons occurring in different months. That’s as complicated as a calendar needs to be. All the cycles in the world are just creations of mankind. Any amount of days can be in a cycle, and any convoluted type of calendar can be created, but the fact remains…

            365.25 days of 24 hours long. Period. And there’s absolutely nothing mystical or profound about that.

          • cashierforgod
            November 26, 2012

            Sophisms a trait that you should probably save for your blog, and leave out in discussing the theoretics of time. If you don’t understand time to be a concept of theoretical debate, than you could just say so, and that is ok, however obscure and counter intuitive to most any quantum physics/physics authority. If I understand, were discussing “what time is” and without even beginning to go into the theoretics of that, you have already cancelled yourself out of discussion by knowing it coursely enough to classify it as a calendar. As I said, your blog is cool, but you clearly are not ready to begin discussing or investigating the implications of your subject.

          • Edward Hotspur
            November 27, 2012

            Apology accepted. By the way, I might be more inclined to take you seriously if you didn’t misspell half your words and didn’t throw punctuation around seemingly randomly. If you haven’t mastered English, what are the odds you’ve mastered time?

            To your credit, you do appear to have mastered word salad.

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 26, 2012

          Also, thank you!

  104. BeEtLjOoZ
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on #Beet's B.O.O.T..

  105. fireandair
    November 26, 2012

    Five? One is sufficient.

  106. pamkelso
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on pam kelso + PK Nature Photography and commented:
    My glass is half empty but I’m half full – I love it

  107. Hemendra Kumar Saini
    November 26, 2012

    Really don’t why the hell people think that mayans have predicted end of the world in 2012 and simply because so called intellectual man translate the end of mayan calendar into end of world to popularize his name. Able to make love with some victiorian age ladies and mark his presense in so called group of stupid mens.

  108. colorfulwordz
    November 26, 2012

    How can the world end, when i still have bills to pay ? LOL good article

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      Rely on unsecured debt to keep the world safe from harm!

  109. pivotalbusinesssolutions
    November 26, 2012

    Reblogged this on pivotalbusinesssolutions and commented:
    I read somewhere (probably on Twitter) how strange it was that for the last 2 years, we have really obsessed about the end of the world on 21/12/12, yet now the actual date is pretty much on our doorstep, the hype is not that bad. Personally I like to think its more of a change of lifestyle or the way we as a civilisation function – ie lifechanging processes as opposed to death and destruction in a negative perspective. With death comes rebirth or rejuvenation or a new cycle. For example, there is a saying that goes along the line that a daughter only truly becomes a woman the day her father dies. The end of one cycle gives way to a new one:) But what do I know?

  110. Coleen
    November 26, 2012

    If one actually takes the time to talk to Mayan descendants about the so-called 2012 prediction, you’ll hear that they are angry their cultural heritage has been hijacked by New Agey dumbasses.

    This was never meant to predict the end of the world.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      Yes, I know. It’s just the end of a cycle. Like when Huffy closed down.

      (Yes, I know, Huffy didn’t close down. It just moved to China.)

  111. dpbowman
    November 26, 2012

    I think they were conquered and essentially wiped off the map before they popped down to the Hallmark to pick up a new 500 year calendar. We’re freaking out over an outdated calendar left on the fridge of an abandonded church.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 26, 2012

      The Mayans weren’t conquered. They’re still around, in the Yucutan and Guatemala. I’m not joking.

      • dpbowman
        November 27, 2012

        Not exactly a world power though….been to Caracol lately? Maybe I should’ve said assimilated? ;)

  112. literarymutt
    November 26, 2012

    Anyone know if Michael Stipe has weighed in? He’s gonna be mighty disappointed.

  113. Irwan Juanda
    November 26, 2012

    Wowy, great point you have there on number 5. That’s so valid! :D

  114. evsetia
    November 26, 2012

    Maybe Mayan only count with theirs, and we count with ours.
    We’re all will never know when, where and how we ‘ll end.
    Thank’s

    Thank’s

  115. Matthew Wright
    November 26, 2012

    I never give any ‘end of the world’ predictions any credence. But they have some uses; they tell us a lot about the human condition, the common fears that seem to be built into the human psyche and the way humans view things. Actual physical events? Not a chance.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      Right! Most likely, it will be a gradual and predictable thing with plenty of warning. About a billion years.

  116. Kristy
    November 27, 2012

    Great blog post, but I have to admit I think your replies are even funnier! As for the end of the world, people like hype as it sells movie, books and bomb shelters (tenuous business I hear), but I think you’re also right that more like to believe in something and there’s a whole lot of nothing at the moment. I love bacon too, I always get bacon tacos at a local breakfast eatery, Bumblekiss. Congrats on being FP, I haven’t decided if I’ll follow you yet…I’m waiting to read your reply ;)

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      Oh my… pressure’s on, and I do hate to disappoint. Well, the bacon taco is throwing me… I just think that’s beautiful.

      I am going to be an apathetic procrastinator… I don’t care how long it takes! And you look good. Love those shoes. Anyway, the world will end when the sun swells in a billion years. I guarantee that all the people saying “hmm hmm hmm, how do you know it won’t end soon, Hotspur” are going to work in the morning.

  117. paulturner76
    November 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on Musings of a Mild Mannered Man and commented:
    Even though I do think the end is now where near neigh, it is fun to think what if, what if it was the end of the world, what would or could happen…

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      Sometimes it is… and what would we do? Most would stick to their routines.

  118. fusiononline2012
    November 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on .

  119. dzisperado
    November 27, 2012

    6 – their own world ended long time ago.

  120. rebeccaalice14
    November 27, 2012

    This post cheered me up no end whilst battling through my Uni work!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      Glad to hear that! It has apparently depressed some people.

      • rebeccaalice14
        November 27, 2012

        And caused a lot of controversy! All of which has been pretty entertaining procrastination today.

        I think the thought of an ‘end of the world’ party is probably what cheered me up the most!

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 27, 2012

          If we had parties for every end of the world prediction, it would be fun times, not end times.

  121. bashfuladventurer
    November 27, 2012

    When I visited Belize, I asked some locals about their thoughts on the Mayan calendar. In my less-than-representative poll, all believed that the world isn’t ending, but there will be a reversal of fortune: Those in
    power will become powerless, and the powerless will become powerful. Could make for interesting times.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      How is this supposed to happen, exactly? Considering the extreme difficulty with which it has happened in the past.

  122. samual77
    November 27, 2012

    That’s cool.

  123. Althie
    November 27, 2012

    Strong Analysis, I guess it was only for the sake of propaganda. No more.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      I don’t do propaganda.

      • Althie
        November 28, 2012

        I didn’t mean that your article is Propaganda. I meant the whole Myth was only famous due to propaganda!
        Your article was very reasonable.

  124. erikroyall
    November 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on Many Top Picks.

  125. hermanbarcelona0725
    November 27, 2012

    Reblogged this on MIXES and commented:
    Reblogging Edward Hotspur’s. I am definitely buying this side. After all, predictions about the end of the world remain a hoax, and is absolutely a hoax.

  126. mrsalicia
    November 27, 2012

    According to the calendar on my desk, the world ends on January 31 of next year. The Mayans would have to spend eternity making new calendars if they kept going. At some point, they probably just thought “yeah, that’s far enough.” Or ran out of room on that giant stone tablet.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      Jan 31? Seems odd, unless it’s a fiscal calendar.

      • mrsalicia
        November 28, 2012

        It may be. It’s just the one my boss buys.

  127. nearlynormalized
    November 27, 2012

    Do you think maybe we lost some of the Mayan calendar? Agreed enough pounding on clay/rock tablets–arms got tired.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      It’s not like the Mayans worked out this calendar in an afternoon.

      • nearlynormalized
        November 27, 2012

        We are going to get down and pretty dirty and if it is over-so be it, I’ll never know.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      Actually, we don’t know how long it took, because, you know, no calendar.

  128. Lion Resonance
    November 27, 2012

    lets just see, they might be right all we know is there is no “scientific” way to explain it. many things cant be explained by science!

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 27, 2012

      Calendars can, though.

      • neonspndx
        November 27, 2012

        HAHA

      • Lion Resonance
        November 29, 2012

        well it may not be an explosion, earthquake… but it will be something!

        • Edward Hotspur
          November 29, 2012

          A dessert tray?

          • Lion Resonance
            December 3, 2012

            a collapse of a system a start of an other? They were in touch with natures signs while now us very clever modern man is not. many “uncivilized” peoples of the past predicted many things…. too many to list out. they also made detailed maps of planets stars etc. that we could only make a couple of decades with super electronic telescopes. The future is not with electronic devices its with nature!

          • Edward Hotspur
            December 3, 2012

            Past fallacy. Just read some Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He’ll set you straight.

  129. neonspndx
    November 27, 2012

    WAIT WAIT WHAT?! It’s not ending? Why the F have I been doing all this crazy stuff…….. back to reality.

  130. anjifrosch
    November 27, 2012

    Thank you for this fun article!
    For me the world end would be also awkwardly inconvenient – just 1 day before I finally have my wedding party! That just CAN’T happen!!
    After all that stress and preparation ^^

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 28, 2012

      Wow…congratulations! Though some would say marriage is the end of the world…I’m kidding.

  131. chaenlnk
    November 28, 2012

    Mayan holding up Calendar… I only had enough room to go up to 2012
    Other Mayan … Ha! That will freak somebody out someday.

  132. angiedroulias
    November 28, 2012

    The ancient Greeks never had a knack for doomsday scenarios (those started popping up after Nostradamus made a trend out of them), so that could have been omitted from the text. Other than that, I totally agree with you. If the Mayan calendar signifies anything, it is the end of an era/cycle.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 28, 2012

      Just like mullets, flannel, bell bottoms, bomb shelters… the end of an era…

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  134. nicoleep
    November 29, 2012

    The Myan 2012 has already come and gone thanks to Cesar’s installation of Leap Year. I think the Myan 2012 happened a few years ago. Looks like we’re all still here..

  135. LizzieCracked
    November 30, 2012

    Edward! You did it! And you made a hell of a lot of people feel better too… I will bet. I do bet.. I am betting. Sorry late to the party.. I have been a little under the weather… but I clicked the FP tab first thing.. Great Job.. how did you figure all that out? are your fingers sore yet? yay! I don;t know what else to say ..cept.. i’m proud of ya.. :-)

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 30, 2012

      Thanks, Lizzie! It was pretty cool and made a big bump in stats. I met a lot of cool people, got some great followers, sparred with a couple of folks, and had fun. Got a logo. Now I try to get FP’d again. Write lots of things for a new audience. And I love bacon.

      • LizzieCracked
        November 30, 2012

        Holy Crap – are you ok? or maybe its just cause I just finished the five reasons . I have no problem following where you are going with it… or bacon..although i like sausage..no nevermind..

        really tho.. you know the secret now ?

  136. Kavita Vanik
    November 30, 2012

    Maybe the Mayans just wanted to confuse us so we’d enjoy life and end up having a global party? How very kind of them.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 30, 2012

      Interesting approach… I think that could be another reason!

    • virginia1010
      December 1, 2012

      Yeah, that is a great approach. I never thought of that!

  137. Bman
    November 30, 2012

    Great stuff! I really enjoyed reading it. :)

  138. timmytimtim93
    November 30, 2012

    Great reasoning. Especially about shopping. LOL

    Personally I think the human race cannot exist without some sort of Armageddon prophecy looming. It’s like, they need a dramatic end to instill some meaning into life.

    • Edward Hotspur
      November 30, 2012

      Right, and to give them a reason to do anything. Like playing a game of tag, and running just ahead of the person who is ‘it’.

      That’s what’s going on. Life is just trying to avoid being tagged ‘it’.

  139. virginia1010
    December 1, 2012

    Interesting….

  140. gregoryernest
    December 2, 2012

    considered & informed… here’s fiction that addresses the hypothetical, if it was going to happen, could it result in romance:
    http://icygrapes.wordpress.com/2012/12/02/dec-21st-2012/

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  144. TooFullToWrite
    January 4, 2013

    I think there is something delicious about deciding where to place the end of the world on the calendar. “OK – let’s shoot for August but not on 16th, that’s when 10cc are planning their Anniversary tour. And then there’s the Queen’s birthday. If I move my party forward a month then I guess I can end the world on a Thursday, so we get to have a long weekend – don’t want to be a damn fool about it and end the world actually on the weekend – what a waste!”

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