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It’s the end of the world as we know it

Contributor Millard West High School

Published: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 16:12

 

Ten days. 

Two hundred and forty hours. 

Fourteen thousand and four hundred minutes.

It’s Doomsday.  

At least according to the Mayan calendar, which proclaims Dec. 21  as the day when all humanity comes to an end.  

While many are stressing over the 10 short days left to purchase those last gifts for Christmas, others are biting their nails and planning "End of the World parties."

Paranoia about the upcoming day arose, initially due to the fact that the Mayan calendar does not continue after Dec. 21, 2012. Some believe it is the end of time, while others theorize it’s the beginning of a new cycle, Baktun.

Curiosity has no limitations on the subject, especially when it comes to what people have planned for that fateful Friday.

Others believe the Mayan calendar has nothing to do with the world ending. The Mayans could have simply run out of room on the tablet the calendar was carved on and life will be business as usual come Dec. 22.

“We don’t really have any proof. I don’t think it’s relevant,” UNO senior Laura Lundblad said. 

Many false predictions have occurred throughout history, such as “Y2K.” At the turn of the 21st century, many believed computers would shut down and the world would be destroyed in a nuclear holocaust due to the malfunction.  

No one will know until the clock ticks over to midnight on Dec. 22.  Unless it doesn’t.

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