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End of times Friday?: One version of the Mayan calendar ends on Friday, leading some to think that's a prediction of the end of the world.
End of times Friday?: One version of the Mayan calendar ends on Friday, leading some to think that's a prediction of the end of the world.Courtesy Laslovarga
You 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.

101010: 101010 = 42.
101010: 101010 = 42.Courtesy jimmowatt
"101010 (base two (binary)) equals 42 (base ten). Oddly enough, this is evenly divisible by the number of days in a week (7 (lucky)); and equally oddly, is also evenly divisible by the number 6 (which is generally designated as being unlucky). Both a Ying and Yang situation seem to be incorporated into this date."

10 (base ten) = 1010 (base two)

(base ten): 10 x 10 = 100

(base two): 10 x 10 = 100

42 is the answer to everything

In Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the
"Answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything" was 42.

Well, I already missed 9:09:09am, but let me tell you tonight at 9:09:09pm I am celebrating this numerologically unique coincidence of numbers. I'll probably make some ice-9.

Scroll down to the Math Magic section of this article on today's event for some highlights the annals of math. Even Google is celebrating.

Today is one of those days that occurs only nine times per century: it's Square Root Day! Today's month and date are the square roots of the year: 3-3-09. The next Square Root Day will be 4-4-16. Get the picture? Here's a link to more info on Square Root Days. How do you plan to celebrate this rare day? Oh, and Pi Day – 3.14 – is just 11 days away!


I have been hearing for the past few years that the universe in the next like 3 years will come to an end i really don't know what to think about that becuase one minute im thinking they are just trying to scare people but what will be the point of that and another side of me is saying i think it's true becuase it all adds up people are taking this really serious i mean writting books on it saying that the predictions add up and the world is coming to a end in either fire or water hmmm idk maybe i should do more research!!!