The Sky Is Falling

Most people at this time of year, are beginning to seriously think about Christmas presents for friends and family. Fortunately for all of us, this year’s tradition will be totally stress free. There will be no need to venture forth, battle the crowds and wear out the Visa. The reason is simple, it is all going to end a few days before Christmas.

That’s right. I’m sure you have heard by now that the world will end in 2012. Unlike many previous apocalyptic forecasts, most of which have turned out to be false (actually all of them have), this time it is official. Many are now familiar with the Mayan calendar, which comes to an end on December 21st. When I first heard the myth I, like most others, shrugged it off. I remember when I was 14 there was a similar threat and hundreds of people burned their belongings and joined a prayer group. That night I secretly prayed for the world not to end (my father had tickets for the Saturday night Leaf game and I didn't want to miss it).

This time however, it is the Mayans, a civilization boasting great accomplishments, who made the prediction. Surely they are not a group of fanatics to be casually dismissed. I took it upon myself to do a little digging, just to make sure that the 7 million Mayans still living today are incorrect in their ancestral prediction. I started my quest skeptically, but kept running into hurdles, which I am having difficulty overcoming.

First, let us look at the Mayan people, a civilization which started in 2,000 BC and ruled for 3,500 years. How credible can they possibly be? OK, so they developed a calendar based on 365 days a year; not very accurate, if you ask me. Every four years they missed a leap year, which means that the 19 million people in the world born on February 29th would not exist.

They also built pyramids based on their calendar. The big one in Chichén Itzá, Mexico, has four side