No apocalypse now, only a jest... city astronomers, astrologers
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"People are playing it up social networking sites. People are posting pranks, but even then I think there is a better awareness this time around. Everybody is reading and talking about it but it is just for fun, nothing else. The only message to be taken from this is that life on earth is temporary. Hence let us not procrastinate on whatever good we want to do with our life."
The rumour trigger
Mayan civilization is believed to have flourished from 2000 BC in central parts of the Americas and reached a peak from 300 to 900 AD. Mayans are believed to have made great progress in language, art, mathematics, architecture and astronomy. They are believed to have made calendars predicting astronomically important events. The last date of the fourth cycle in the long-count Mayan calendar coincides with December 21. This had led to rumours that the world will end that day. There are rumours of disasters like tsunami, earthquake striking on December 21. A recent NASA video rubbishes the entire apocalypse theory.