Ever since I wrote my very first "No Doomsday in 2012″ article for Universe Today in 2008, I've been repeating the same message over and over again: The Mayans never predicted doomsday in 2012. And I'll say it once more, this time with even more expert endorsement: The Mayans never, EVER predicted doomsday in 2012.
Sadly, science and history has been bent and twisted to suit supporters of this doomsday hoax, and when scientists or archaeologists go on the record to debunk the nonsense, the blame falls on some kind of convenient global conspiracy.
But where did this Mayan doomsday idea come from anyway?
The Long(est) Count
The seed of next year's multitude of "End of the World" theories supposedly occurring on or around Dec. 21, 2012, is that a mesoamerican calendar foretold doom. A particular Mayan calendar is at the center of all the excitement, and due to a numerical fluke, it just so happens the calendar will "run out" next year.
The Mayan civilization existed from 250-900 A.D. in the current geographical location of southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador and some of Honduras. Archaeologists studying this fascinating culture have been able to decipher their many calendars, but their longest period calendar - the "Long Count" - is what set alarm bells ringing.