» A bad day for the doomsday industry: You’ve almost certainly heard over the past few years that 2012 would be the year in which the world ended, right? Because the Mayan calendar says so? Well, not that we were terribly concerned to begin with (the Mayan calendar never really ended in 2012, just “rolled over,” so to speak), but researchers have unearthed a mural in Guatemala that goes another step in dismissing the dire soothsaying. The mural includes the oldest known Mayan calendar, which instead of presenting the usual 13 b’ak’tuns (meaning a 400 year unit of time), showed a whopping 17. So if anybody wants to get worked up over ill-founded apocalypse mythology, you should hold off for another 1,600 years or so.
Nibiru is ridiculous because it doesn’t exist — it never existed as anything but a figment of the imagination by pseudo-scientists who don’t seem bothered by a complete lack of evidence.Dan Yeomans, director of NASA’s Near-Earth Object program • Dismissing some of the 2012 apocalyptic theorizing that’s become something of a cultural meme leading up to this year. The fear that Earth will be struck by a planetary body known as Nibiru (also sometimes called “Planet X”) represents one such theory, distinct from similarly stoked fears about whether the Mayan calendar can somehow forecast the end of the world. source (via • follow)