As you probably have heard by now, the Mayan calendar ends on December 21, 2012, leading to many predictions that the world will end today. However, there is no need to worry. Scientists at NASA confirm that it will not. They are so sure, they have even released a video dated December 22, explaining why the world did not end on the day prior. They say the Mayan calendar was the most complex calendar ever developed and – resembling the odometer of a car – the calendar rolls over or repeats itself. It was actually designed to start over, not end, on December 21, 2012.
NASA has been bombarded with 200 to 300 calls a day, according to the New York Daily News, and they even wrote, “Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012,” on their webpage, which has drawn 4.6 million views.
But not everyone heard the memo. Here are some people who went to great lengths to what they thought was the Mayan-predicted doomsday:
- There is a website called December212012.com, which is dedicated to all-things related to the Mayan apocalypse and also has a Facebook page with more than 14,000 likes. It offers a forum for conversation about the dreaded day, as well as tips on survival and ads for survival supplies from gas masks to first-aid kits.
- A Colombia businessman, who identified himself only as “Jhon” to El Tiempo newspaper, built a massive bunker for the occasion. The structure has 20-inch thick iron and concrete walls coated with copper, for protection from radiation. He also brought in supplies like gas masks, a two-year supply of instant and canned food, clothes and tanks of oxygen and water.
- Lu Zhenghai built an ark-like vessel in China’s northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, spending his life savings building the 70-foot-by-50-foot vessel powered by three diesel engines, according to state media.
- Gunmaker Ryan Croft, a Gulf War veteran in Asheville, NC, is building a special assault rifle to deal with any signs of trouble on the 21st. “I’m not planning for the world to go away,” Croft told CNN affiliate WHNS. He says he’s just preparing for the beginning of cataclysmic times caused by a disaster and the bad economy. He has been teaching his family how to subsist on algae, roasted mice and live earthworms.
- According to the Pasadena Star News, a Los Angeles-area group called 2012survival-community.org has been recruiting people (via application) with specific survival skills in the past few months, in order to prepare for December 21. The group has several places of refuge picked out within California, where there’s enough wildlife to live off of and water sources that could be used to catch fish. They also have five hens for eggs, several potted plants, medical supplies, and dry and canned food ready for their departure.
- And NBCNews.com reports more than 30 Michigan schools will close two days earlier than planned for the holidays, in part because the Mayan calendar predicts the world will end on Friday. “Although we in the county are reluctant to cancel school because the rumors are unsubstantiated, we feel it is the most appropriate decision given the gravity of recent events and our present circumstances,” said Matt Wandrie, superintendent for Lapeer Community Schools.
- In France, MailOnline reports that the authorities have had to prohibit any more doomsday believers from traveling to Bugarach, a tiny village home to fewer than 200 people, which has been rumored to be a place of safety because aliens supposedly live within the mountain who will rescue humans in the area.What did you have planned for today?