The End Of The World As Someone Else Knows It

A modern pictogram of the Mayan god Ahau, afte...
My Mayan star sign is Chthulu, apparently

In passing, let’s have a kick at this notion the world is about to end because the Mayans are running out of calendar. Could doomsaying get any sillier? As someone said, if the Mayans were so good at foreseeing catastrophe how come they missed out on 1492?

We’ve gotten the idea that the Mayan calendar runs through a system of cycles that completes this year. This seems strange to us, with our one that can happily keep going forever. (Doubly strange, as it’s supposed to be our culture that believes in a coming End Of The World.) But there’s no reason that more numbers couldn’t be added to their system. It’s a lot like saying that because we never use years longer than four digits, we clearly think the world is going to end in 9999.

But hey, maybe we do. Now. You read it here first – only 7,987 years to go folks. Better start saying your prayers, and studying the arcane mysteries of the Romano-Christian calendar with its cryptically uneven months and mysterious week of seven sacred days. Who knows what other secrets it conceals.

7 thoughts on “The End Of The World As Someone Else Knows It

  1. As XKCD noted: It means we’ll stop talking about how the Mayan calendar stops. So in a sense, it’s been a self-prophesied “end” for the Mayans.

    But yeah, it makes about as much sense as someone visiting an office supply store in late august/early september concluding that world will end in a year, because all the student calenders and dayplanners only seem to cover the next school year.

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