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Old 10-20-2010, 09:47 AM   #1
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End of Earth Postponed

i read this on yahoo news and thought it was pretty amusing. apparently the mayan calender conversion could be off by about 50 to 100 years (in either direction) whew *whipes sweat off brow* i was so worried.

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It's a good news/bad news situation for believers in the 2012 Mayan apocalypse. The good news is that the Mayan "Long Count" calendar may not end on Dec. 21, 2012 (and, by extension, the world may not end along with it). The bad news for prophecy believers? If the calendar doesn't end in December 2012, no one knows when it actually will - or if it has already.
A new critique, published as a chapter in the new textbook "Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World" (Oxbow Books, 2010), argues that the accepted conversions of dates from Mayan to the modern calendar may be off by as much as 50 or 100 years. That would throw the supposed and overhyped 2012 apocalypse off by decades and cast into doubt the dates of historical Mayan events. (The doomsday worries are based on the fact that the Mayan calendar ends in 2012, much as our year ends on Dec. 31.)
The Mayan calendar was converted to today's Gregorian calendar using a calculation called the GMT constant, named for the last initials of three early Mayanist researchers. Much of the work emphasized dates recovered from colonial documents that were written in the Mayan language in the Latin alphabet, according to the chapter's author, Gerardo Aldana, University of California, Santa Barbara professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies.
Later, the GMT constant was bolstered by American linguist and anthropologist Floyd Lounsbury, who used data in the Dresden Codex Venus Table, a Mayan calendar and almanac that charts dates relative to the movements of Venus.
"He took the position that his work removed the last obstacle to fully accepting the GMT constant," Aldana said in a statement. "Others took his work even further, suggesting that he had proven the GMT constant to be correct."
But according to Aldana, Lounsbury's evidence is far from irrefutable.
"If the Venus Table cannot be used to prove the FMT as Lounsbury suggests, its acceptance depends on the reliability of the corroborating data," he said. That historical data, he said, is less reliable than the Table itself, causing the argument for the GMT constant to fall "like a stack of cards."
Aldana doesn't have any answers as to what the correct calendar conversion might be, preferring to focus on why the current interpretation may be wrong. Looks like end-of-the-world theorists may need to find another ancient calendar on which to pin their apocalyptic hopes.

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I thought the world ended already... in 1987... when they put square headlights on Jeeps...


The YJ guys will be crying in 3...2...1...
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The YJ guys will be crying in 3...2...1...
I don't see tosh crying... she's a "YJ guy"...

It's just a joke... consider it partial payback for all the bias on this forum towards the steering wheel being on the left side.
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I don't see tosh crying... she's a "YJ guy"...

It's just a joke... consider it partial payback for all the bias on this forum towards the steering wheel being on the correct side.
i fixed it for ya
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Isn't the steering wheel suppose to be on the left side? Unless you drive a mail truck of course..
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I thought the world ended already... in 1987... when they put square headlights on Jeeps...
I thought it ended when they made Jeeps look like hummers :P
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I don't see tosh crying... she's a "YJ guy"...

It's just a joke... consider it partial payback for all the bias on this forum towards the steering wheel being on the left side.
she's not near as touchy as 1/2 the YJ ppl here.
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i wonder if they figure doing this will help defuse all the morons plotting shenanigans come december 2012..........
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i wonder if they figure doing this will help defuse all the morons plotting shenanigans come december 2012..........
doubt it will have any impact on the shenanigans.
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I'm with you there. I Love me some super troopers. Hence why I couldn't resist saying shenanigans. hahahahaha
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doubt it will have any impact on the shenanigans.

unfortunately for all us non-mouth breathers, you're probably right.
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unfortunately for all us non-mouth breathers, you're probably right.
How'd you know my sinuses are clogged?

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doubt it will have any impact on the shenanigans.
I know it's not going to change my mind to convert all of my money to gummy bears.

And before you say I'm crazy, answer me this: when the apocalypse does come, where EXACTLY are you going to go to get your gummy bears?!

Jeff's house, that's where.

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