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12-21-12 Doomsday? Brownwood resident not convinced

Published On: Dec 20 2012 05:58:44 PM CST
Odd dates 11 - Mayan temple

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12/21/12 – This date was supposed to mark the end of a 5,126-year era in the Maya Long Count Calendar, but there are varying opinions on what the culmination of this date really means to humanity -- and to the ancient Mayans. While there have been a wave of books and movies depicting a coming apocalypse, some scholars say the Mayans foretold no such doomsday. However, astronomers did predict that for the first time in about 26,000 years, the sun would be aligned with the center of the Milky Way on that date.


Like the famous '90's R.E.M. song, it's the end of the world as we know it, or is it?

Doomsday believers say 12-21-12 is the day the Mayan calendar ends, and that's why the world ends that day.

"The whole idea of the Mayan calendar, there's a lot of conspiracy theories that are floating around about it. Everything from Planet Nibiru crashing into us; some people have even said zombie apocalypse," said Brownwood resident Dano Dunham.

On Thursday, the streets were just as busy in Brownwood as any other day, and people don't seem too convinced.

"The world is not going to end, you can probably relax, but if you want to go out and have a good time and pretend like it is ending and carpe diem and all of that, that's fine, just don't do anything crazy," said Dunham.

December 21 is however, the date of the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, and marking the official start of winter.

"That's the only thing I'm worried about. It's the winter solstice, maybe the poles are going to shift," said Dunham.

Well, we only have to wait until Friday to find out.

There is a webpage dedicated to 12-21-12, http://www.december212012.com.