Courtesy LaslovargaYou can't escape the hype. Late-night comics are joking about it. Retailers are having special promotions for it. New agers are nervous. It's the most common reason this week for procrastination.
This Friday -- Dec. 21, 2012, -- is the final day of the Mayan calendar. Some say the ancient Mayans believed the day would mark the of the world. Calamities will ensue, the Earth will break apart and life as we know it will cease.
So who are some of the least worried people about this possible Mayan Apocalypse? Modern-day Mayans. This article talks to Mayan descendants in Mexico who point out that there were many forms of Mayan calendars. Everyday working stiff Mayans, who were mostly farmers, lived their daily lives under a calendar system much like ours today that was based on seasons and astronomy. Those calendars would run out, but had a system of regeneration.
The apocalyptic calendar that some are fretting about this week was only used by elites and priests. And like our leaders of today, do you think they really knew that much more than the average Mayan working out in the field?
Are you worried about the Mayan Apocalypse? Are you planning to do anything special to mark the day on Friday? Share your thoughts here with other Science Buzz readers. But play it safe and don't wait to do it until after Saturday.