Written by: William Atkins | Published in: SpaceNASA is reassuring the public -- especially young children who are worried about Mayan doomsday predictions that the world will end on December 21, 2012 -- that these claims are just "manufactured fantasy" and have no basis in scientific fact.
Written by: David Heath | Published in: SpacePointing and laughing at the December 21st hoax is easy. Even easier to point and laugh at the (supposed) grown ups who think it's true. But what of the children who have heard the theories?
A local extended weather forecast (on television) jokingly stopped at 8 days, instead of going to 10 days,
with the prank of not showing any weather after next Friday Dec.21 - counting it as the Mayan doomsday date.
Not sure if the number 13 was all that significant to the Mayans anyway.
It is considered by some that this past year was 126.96.36.199.19 in the Mayan number base 20 counting system -