End of Days: Infamous Doomsday Prophecies

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Mayan Apocalypse

As we all await the arrival of 2013, check out some of these theories that made people panic for no reason at all. —Naeesa Aziz


Based on the way some people interpret the Mayan Long Count calendar, the world as we know it is slated to end on Dec. 21, 2012. However, Maya scholars say the Dec. 21 date is simply the culmination of a 400-year cycle called a b'ak'tun — an ancient Mayan unit of time. Which means that on Dec. 22, another b'ak'tun will begin.  

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