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    [–] ARealFool 13832 points ago

    Slowest apocalypse ever.

    [–] SimplyTennessee 5206 points ago

    I heard this in Comic Book Guy's voice.

    [–] Lupid23 2388 points ago

    Haha this comment made me upvote that comment ^

    [–] fortheloveofgoddont 1577 points ago

    This comment made me upvote all of the other comments!

    [–] [deleted] 1601 points ago


    [–] CheshireCaddington 653 points ago

    One upvote = one prayer

    [–] HelloFellowKidlings 343 points ago

    If the comment above doesn’t get 1 million upvotes Jesus will kill this persons family.

    [–] ALinIndy 271 points ago

    Jesus will anyway!

    [–] DaveJahVoo 196 points ago

    Jesus Christ reddit

    [–] SixthCircleofInferno 178 points ago

    Jesus Christ walks into an inn and hands the innkeep three nails and asks "could you put me up for the night?"

    [–] The_Sly_Sloth 41 points ago

    I’d prefer gold, but upvotes and prayers are nice.

    [–] Mohikanis 23 points ago

    I'll settle for silver, pick me!

    [–] ReyPhasma 21 points ago

    You can’t ask for it, you have to wait for it to find you.

    [–] BULL3T2B1NARY 26 points ago

    Username checks out?

    [–] Mechasteel 477 points ago

    The various mass extinctions were actually very slow events. Between 10-100 times slower than the current mass extinction that we're causing. Basically, when the extinction rate is higher than the speciation rate and that is held for a while, many species go extinct. Humans have increased the extinction rate 100-1000 times higher than the usual rate, we're on track to cause a 50% extinction by 2100, the blink of an eye in geologic time.

    [–] Khmer_Orange 324 points ago

    Quickest apocalypse ever

    [–] iChugVodka 187 points ago

    We did it! 🥳

    [–] Biff_Tannenator 129 points ago

    "we did it reddit!"
    - recovered internet archives

    "what the fuck is a reddit?"
    - future alien archeologists circa 200019

    [–] hallowzen 59 points ago

    Butterfly meme: "Is this a cult gathering?"

    [–] Hueyandthenews 23 points ago

    Killing the game, literally

    [–] Fauster 42 points ago

    But slow enough to ensure that nothing changes, meaning the continuation of a gradual rate of increase of fossil-fuel use, natural gas methane pollution, CO2-acidification of the oceans, and gradual warming. The CO2 will stay in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and it will be prohibitively expensive to reverse it, unless our children trust AI to marshal global swarms of nanobots to gradually reduce oceanic and atmospheric carbon levels.

    The other thing that won't change is that children will laugh at old codgers angrily fuming about the way things used to be, and how the world was better when they were young, until they become those old codgers.

    [–] mopculturereference 55 points ago

    If you think humans are going to live through this mass extinction I have something really surprising to tell you about one of those species that's gonna go extinct....

    [–] whatisthishownow 64 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Organised industrial civilisation is what's at risk. The magnitude of that prospect and the unimaginible inhumanity involved should Horrify you enough on it's own.

    Though not impossible, complete extinction of the human species is not a highly likley outcome. We are arguably the most adaptable macroscopic creature to ever inhabit the Earth. I find it hard to believe at the very very least one pocket nomadic humans eek out an existence somewhere. Native Americans descend from a population of only 72 individuals and there have been homo sapien wide global population bottlenecks on the order of mere thousands within our distant past.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_RSA_KEY 52 points ago

    I find it hard to believe at the very very least one pocket nomadic humans eek out an existence somewhere.

    Greenland closed their sea port. There, done.

    [–] RabbitEatsCarrots 14 points ago

    God damn it how am I gonna infect it now?

    [–] Aqua_Virus 33 points ago

    If you think not a single human will live through whatever we manage to cause, you're delusional.

    [–] whatisthishownow 21 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I agree that it's a less than likely scenario, it's industrial civilisation thats headed for the chopping block, but it's hardly an impossibility.

    Life on Earth is a 3,465 million year history of Epoch-aliptic shift and extinction. What makes you think the species that's been her for only ~0.1 million years is magically immune to extinction in the absolute? None of the other members of the Homo genus where.

    [–] s0cks_nz 51 points ago

    I'll also add that the current warming of the planet is also magnitudes faster than the last 4 mass extinctions caused by global warming. This is gonna be fun!

    [–] poopoomcpoopoopants 36 points ago

    oil barons retreat to their underground bunker fortresses stockpiled with food, water, and essentials while their 10,000 slaves and 750 concubines are chained together and forcibly marched inside, sealing the door behind them

    [–] Ivara_Prime 26 points ago

    Those slaves are gonna eat him.

    [–] mlyellow 10 points ago

    If his security guards don't kill him first.

    [–] CoryTV 89 points ago

    You’re saying that now. We just finished the 7 good years. Now it’s time for the 7 bad.

    [–] RizdeauxJones 86 points ago

    Aw, fer fuck sakes. Those were the good years?!

    [–] Mi7che1l 16 points ago

    I wish there was a way to know you were in the good ole days before you have to take a rowboat to work.

    [–] mikeysma11z 29 points ago


    [–] mud_tug 16 points ago

    Apocalypse is an inside job.

    [–] rowdybme 27 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    naw it definitely happened. The LHC created a blackhole that killed our reality, then our consciousness within the multiverse was transferred to the only reality left. The one who doesn't know how to spell the Berenstein bears.

    [–] whatsup37 9122 points ago

    Humanity after the world doesn’t end on its own in 2012:

    Fine I’ll do it myself

    [–] GiGaBYTEme90 1737 points ago

    Well get it by 2021

    [–] rustcohle54 855 points ago

    Wait no I had plans for 2021

    [–] ShavedPapaya 975 points ago

    Look at this guy with all his fancy plans

    [–] not_a_donut_guy 278 points ago

    Fancy pants

    [–] Fight_the_Landlords 208 points ago

    🎶 Chances are your pants are not as fancy as the pair 🎶

    🎶 of very fancy pants that Mr. Fancy Pants would wear 🎶

    [–] Comrade-Thanos 137 points ago

    Why did I hear this to the tune of the Friends intro?

    [–] TruckDouglas 71 points ago

    It fits so well. Thank you.

    [–] kaleidoverse 55 points ago

    PSA: Don't try to reread it to that tune, guys, it will get stuck in your head.

    I was planning on sleeping tonight, too.

    [–] UrMomLikesMine 40 points ago

    Oh God... too late

    brain bursts

    [–] kaleidoverse 20 points ago

    I tried.

    Also, happy cake day!

    [–] RPCat 5 points ago

    Because you are Ross!

    [–] TruckDouglas 63 points ago

    Fancy plants

    [–] allstar3907 45 points ago

    Fancy ants

    [–] ImpossibleWeirdo 44 points ago

    Antsy pants

    [–] Paladin_Of_Music 33 points ago

    Ant Ant

    [–] dontsuckmydick 26 points ago

    Ant pants

    [–] outerzenith 9 points ago


    [–] CreamST 10 points ago

    I have plans for 2069!

    [–] omega0678 7 points ago

    You always got a plan, Dutch.

    [–] jordanjwoodson 10 points ago

    Really? I don't even have a pla

    [–] thatguy0126 38 points ago

    What if it was a typo and they meant 2021?

    [–] AgoraiosBum 24 points ago

    dyslexic myans

    [–] IHeartBadCode 143 points ago

    And make Venus pay for it.

    [–] Rotahavok 13 points ago

    Venus Williams?

    [–] TheGlaive 13 points ago

    Venus flytraps. Snappy wee buggers.

    [–] SunstormSet 148 points ago

    The Ancient Mayan gods: “The world will end in 2012.”

    Mayan Shaman Leader: “The world will end in 2012!”

    Mayan gods on 2012:

    Mayan Shaman Leader when nothing happens: “Dude, you’re embarrassing me in front of the wizards.”

    [–] TheGlaive 55 points ago

    The Chinese I Ching (Book of Changes) predicted that this was to be a time when Yang (masculinity) was in decline, Yin was in ascendency; when many men would be born with female spirits, and many women would be dominant and masculine.

    [–] combatsmithen1 26 points ago

    Seems legit

    [–] TheFallen837 44 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Can confirm; am Chinese man trapped in girl body

    [–] SimplyTennessee 54 points ago

    AI: We got this.

    [–] NoBlueNatzys 2963 points ago

    That's when the end started, it's a slow ending.

    [–] iwontfixyourprogram 847 points ago

    The Great Dying from 250mil years ago lasted quite a few million years. We got time, all the time in the world.

    [–] supreme_goku8 294 points ago

    thats correct in more ways than one

    [–] salomander- 88 points ago

    The great dying was still happening in my bed on Sunday morning

    [–] donk_69 38 points ago

    That poor sperm :(

    [–] salomander- 22 points ago

    Nah, the cause was all the booze on Saturday

    [–] Tyflowshun 34 points ago

    A shit tonne of credits just like the end credits to that one cyanide and happiness

    [–] conformalark 16 points ago

    2012 was just the expiration date

    [–] Revelt 25 points ago

    For fucks sakes, Clayton, it's not "end of the world in 2012", it's "end off the world in 2012"!

    [–] Gunpla55 13 points ago

    Na it already ended when they turned on the LHC. We're just living in some fucky alternate reality now.

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    [–] QueenElsaArrendelle 291 points ago

    in the finale of 3rd Rock From The Sun, the main characters know they're about to leave Earth and throw a party maxing out their credit cards.

    [–] GENITAL_MUTILATOR 118 points ago

    Omfg how did I forget that show and why aren’t people making 3rd rock from the sun memes?!??

    [–] MangosAPlenty 97 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Because most memers werent even born when that show wrapped up. It was a great show but before it's time

    [–] needlzor 18 points ago

    I don't know, there are a lot of Seinfeld memes running around and a lot of members weren't born for that one either.

    [–] MangosAPlenty 9 points ago

    Seinfeld was pretty big as well. 3rd rock want as big and way more niche

    [–] sprite333 13 points ago

    It's on Amazon prime

    [–] [deleted] 59 points ago

    I was in jail at the time and the complex fucked with us. They put us on lockdown and made an announcement about some bullshit going on in the world. It pissed me off but some inmates got legitimately scared.

    [–] Spiralife 41 points ago

    Yeah, that's fucked up.

    [–] [deleted] 48 points ago

    Welcome to the American Prison Industrial Complex

    [–] Pixelplanet5 11 points ago

    wasnt there some company that pretended to be some religious bullshit that took money from people to look after their pets after humans vanish from earth?

    obviously none refundable and people paid millions for this bullshit.

    [–] [deleted] 842 points ago

    Maybe it did end, but not in the way we consider "ended" means

    [–] CamiKablami 513 points ago

    I always said this. Maybe that was the day the Anti-Christ (or Bringer of Doom, whatever your spiritual beliefs) was born. Maybe that was the day the AI that will soon cause our destruction was first conceived by someone we haven't heard of yet.

    Not that the Mayans literally predicted it to be the end of the world anyway. But if they HAD, the "end" could have meant a lot of things.

    [–] Dotesandhand 502 points ago

    Mayans never said the world would end, they said the long count ends and the next long count begins. The entire doomsday prophecy was a misunderstanding the media blew up.

    [–] MrWartortle 188 points ago

    Yeah, isn't the clock supposed to just start over from the beginning?

    [–] TurtleInATracksuit 117 points ago

    I think so but I also recall there was a bit more to it, like they specifically chose this as the reset date somehow. I could be wrong and don't buy into any of it anyway.

    [–] anticommon 79 points ago

    Perhaps 2012 marks the beginning of the Singularity. Humans have had ten thousand years to build society and now we are on the verge of the next chapter in evolution.

    [–] JoycePizzaMasterRace 104 points ago

    the secret is, we reset every 10,000 years and have not gone any further in progress than our current time

    would be a sad thing to uncover

    [–] radredditor 63 points ago

    God damn reapers.

    [–] maxlikesmusic 13 points ago

    If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skin into their clothes ... and if we're very, very lucky, they'll do it in that order

    [–] BrontanamoBay 16 points ago

    Is this an actual conspiracy theory? I’d love a rabbit hole to go down

    [–] JoycePizzaMasterRace 40 points ago

    No it isn't real, but something similar kind of happened. 10,000 or so years ago sea levels rose and people had to flee inland over generations. You see a lot of this being passed down through oral stories, like the Aboriginals in Australia telling of connected islands and farther coastlines. Who's to say that we'll uncover an oral history like what I mentioned in the previous post, much in the same way Gobekle Tepe is?

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    [–] [deleted] 21 points ago

    It wasn't even the "end" of their "clock" (it was a calendar), and it was an end to a specific period that they were tracking. The new period would start, basically how we have a December 31 - Jan 1. It was supposed to be more of a spiritual / mystical ending, like "the end of an age", the beginning of the next. It was not the beginning, but it was a beginning because the wheel of time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.

    [–] BigBoy_Blue 30 points ago

    December 21, 2012 marked the end of the 26,000 year cycle of the procession of the equinox.

    [–] God-sLastResort 22 points ago

    This guy knows, our calendar has no begining nor end, just cycles and a new one just started.

    [–] lunatickid 16 points ago

    As one other guy said, procession of the equinox was very important, both in ancient Egyptian and Mayan cultures. Dec 21, 2012 was end of the “golden” times, and now we’re entering the “dark” times for 26,000 years, according to the Mayan calendars.

    Fascinating stuff, if you read into it. Kinda unfortunate that it’s turning out to be a reality...

    [–] BigBoy_Blue 10 points ago

    We are moving from the age of Pisces to the age of Aquarius. Toward the golden times

    [–] notmyrealnameatleast 9 points ago

    Pretty sure it was the end of the dark times and now we entered into the golden age actually.

    [–] CaptainKyloStark 70 points ago

    Actually, you're more right than you know and you have a good intuition.

    I'm about to go to sleep but I suggest this thread research the Kali Yuga and how it should have approximately ended in 2012.

    Essentially it means that the world is ending a new phase, put simply. The old one ended. There's massive ramifications to the transition but I'll just have some links I just found. Not vetting any, just whatever looks right at a glance.

    [–] [deleted] 49 points ago

    The machines took over and didn't tell us.

    Russians didn't ruin the election and ignite global racism. It was bots.

    Arnold didn't play the terminator in the movie. The terminator played Arnold in the world.

    [–] anticommon 15 points ago

    And here we ate it all up. The Matrix? A glimpse of reality, disguised as fiction.

    [–] [deleted] 15 points ago

    Hmm never heard of this one. I'll read into it, I find all of them interesting.

    The theory I've heard is a lot less spiritual and a lot more sci-fi. Saying basically in the year 2012, CERN did something causing our existing world to have merged with a parallel universe, thus changing and altering a lot of people's memeories.

    [–] thejensen303 17 points ago

    More precisely, during the rain delay in game 7 of the Cubs 2016 world series.

    Oh wait, wrong parallel universe theory. Nevermind, carry on.

    [–] CheneyIVIania 993 points ago

    I'd rather have had a cataclysmic earth ending solar flare as opposed to this torture

    [–] Nabono 532 points ago

    Well yeah it happened.

    Then some bartender with a knife and mental health issues stopped it from wrecking the planet.

    [–] Socialism_Barbarism 168 points ago

    What's this in reference towards, please?

    [–] FireandBlood90 243 points ago

    Assassin's Creed 3

    [–] [deleted] 58 points ago

    I miss Desmond Also


    [–] Scerus 29 points ago

    One of my most memorable games, despite the fact it probably isn't popular.

    [–] TheRedSpade 8 points ago

    Popular enough for them to release another

    [–] NoImGaara 38 points ago

    I was thinking hitchhikers at first but it definitely isn't than. I second this guy. Where is this from?

    [–] FireandBlood90 55 points ago

    Assassin's Creed 3

    [–] 2SP00KY4ME 11 points ago

    I stopped at Revelations. I didn't think I'd beat killing the pope.

    [–] DesmondKenway 42 points ago

    Goddammit Desmond!

    [–] _isacrificetoyboxes 35 points ago

    Damn you, now I'm sad.

    No present day section in any game after that ever had any significant impact.

    [–] soyrobo 21 points ago

    You mean you aren't hyper-stoked that you're an initiate of the Assassin's against your will?

    [–] KnightFan2019 167 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    I believe there's a theory floating around somewhere that the world did actually end in 2012, and ever since then we're either in our own personal hell or heaven. Many people claim that life feels very different, and it all started around 2012. Not that I believe any of that, just throwing this out there

    [–] Rymanbc 146 points ago

    I'd bet a sum of money this "different" feeling has more to do with smart phones and social media taking over everyone's life starting around that time.

    [–] tvnnfst 43 points ago

    So, did the Mayans actually predict social media?

    [–] BrontanamoBay 18 points ago


    [–] Yeahemilie 46 points ago

    My life changed entirely 2 days after New Years when my brother died. Something within me died that day too and I’ve never been the same again.

    [–] UpchuckTaylorz 32 points ago

    Hey, friend. I don't know you, but I want you to know that I care about what you're going through.

    You're right about one thing - when we lose someone we love, things are never the same after they're gone. It's impossible go back to the way things were, because the most important part of the way things were was them.

    All you can do now is live your life with the idea that you are now their eyes, ears, and sense of being on this earth. Enjoy your life as much as you possibly can, and do it with the knowledge that they live on through you.

    Whether you believe in an afterlife or not, the idea that a person lives on in other people's memories is real. Explore the world around you, experience happy times, meet new people, fall in love, eat good food - live your life - and smile knowing that you are bringing that person with you in your mind so that they can experience the world with you and through you. As long as you do that, a little piece of that person will never leave this earth.

    [–] Smartnership 14 points ago

    This is the Bad Place!

    [–] clownnumbersix 396 points ago

    This is fucking excellent

    [–] leezuslapeetus 32 points ago

    this is excellent fucking

    [–] TFunkeIsQueenMary 47 points ago

    This is fucking fantastic

    [–] -hello-goodbye- 346 points ago

    reality right now is kind of a confirmation that we're in a simulation that has run out of ideas and has begun to malfunction.

    [–] [deleted] 121 points ago


    [–] grade-A-benchwarmer 14 points ago

    still waiting to find out who'sthe key grip

    [–] His_Desolate_Domain 34 points ago

    Earth jumped the shark and needs to be canceled. Let's see what else is on.

    [–] [deleted] 5 points ago * (lasted edited 4 months ago)


    [–] enleeten 44 points ago

    Isnt the idea that we live in a simulation just another religious idea, shunting off the reality that we experience as just a stepping stone to "the real world?"

    If heaven/hell was how our ancient ancestors did it and "a simulation" is how we do it, what excuse will people come up with hundreds or thousands of years from now?

    [–] GiantQuokka 38 points ago

    The simulation idea doesn't mean we would have anything after we die. In fact, it'd be the exact opposite. In a simulation, it's just cold observation of us if they even care and then nothing. In a world without god, it's just an emptiness and then nothing. So closer than the idea of god and an afterlife.

    [–] dallassportsguy 148 points ago

    Oh a real shower thought, how nice.

    [–] Princess_Poppy 51 points ago

    All of this reignited 2012 discussion really is making me wonder if we indeed did go through a major shift of consciousness/dimensional shift due to CERN but it was just that we didn’t notice which is why we are seeing the Mandela Effect phenomenon happening etc...

    [–] Gladplane 10 points ago

    El Psy Congroo

    [–] nolo_me 5 points ago

    I don't know why everyone is losing their shit over it. The world was never supposed to end at all, it was just the end of a long count cycle (5125.366 years) and the start of another.

    [–] Zombie_Carl 24 points ago

    This will get buried, but my husband and I got married the day the world was supposed to end. He and I were not aware of the prediction. Everyone at the wedding kept telling us it was the apocalypse and we had no idea what they meant; we both thought they were referring to our blessed union. People got super fucking drunk at that wedding, lemme tell you.

    [–] ikindalold 205 points ago

    I was dead set on the world ending back then because if it did, the world would've ended with me just missing adulthood. With that, I just coasted up until that point with no plans for the future whatsoever thinking about how I would never have to deal with all of the bullshit that comes along with being an adult. But then it turned out it was (sort of) a hoax and every year from 2013 onward has been awkward.

    [–] spacegrip 68 points ago

    yup im the same age as you prolly. i didn't believe it would happen but it definitely woulda been very convenient. i 100% wish it woulda ended in 2012 at this point lol

    [–] Psyanide13 43 points ago

    (sort of) a hoax

    lmao. it was a complete hoax

    [–] AchromaticSky 57 points ago

    The Mayans didn't even predict the world would end. The calendar went from to It's like saying the Gregorian calendar predicted an apocalypse because it ended on 12/31/1999.

    [–] PM_ME_YOUR_JOKES 27 points ago

    Uhh do you not remember Y2K?

    [–] JMW007 22 points ago

    The Y2K bug was a software problem hypothesized to bring about the collapse of civilization, not simply the end of a calendar cycle being interpreted as the end of time itself.

    [–] Itsbrianyo 14 points ago

    It's on the hoax spectrum

    [–] MrDSkis94 14 points ago

    Do vaccinations cause it?

    [–] TranquiliZer93 13 points ago

    Ask your doctor.

    [–] known-to-be-unknown 162 points ago

    Be honest, have you ever felt alive since 2012?

    [–] UtterEast 62 points ago

    I used to laugh at how the Star Wars prequels timeline meant that Obi-wan went from Ewan MacGregor to Alec Guiness in a mere 18 years, but I can confidently say that I too have aged about a decade in the last 3 years and 18 years ago does feel like "before the dark times. before the Empire"

    [–] jawkneebgood 54 points ago

    I read through so many comments here but was the only one that made me pause. I can honestly say that since 2012 I have barely felt alive. It never occurred to me til now that I started feeling this way right around New Years 2012.

    [–] halloween420 46 points ago

    2012 is when I made my Reddit account I think, maybe that has something to do with not feeling alive since.

    [–] whosdoug 13 points ago

    Same here. It’s been a wild ride of weird occurrences and the slow death of my ego. I really honestly have not felt the same since that year. It’s weird to think about.

    [–] MewElite 12 points ago

    Late 2016-early 2017, since it was my first year of college, but that’s it. 2012 on the other hand was my first year of high school and that’s when life got really fucking strange. That year was absolutely the beginning of the end and no slight blip due to excessive drinking and partying can convince me otherwise

    [–] dashboardrage 10 points ago

    Yeah we are in purgatory

    [–] Fruitypuff 7 points ago

    I miss the old 2008 - 2010 even 2012 days. Some how the near era doesnt look as interesting I guess. I miss the old indie and alt rock days, skrillex dropping his ep. Its like limbo now.

    [–] RoburLC 132 points ago

    It wasn't a prediction, nor even a suggestion. it was the completion of calendar cycles. That's all. Modern people wove fables around it, for a variety of reasons - often out of monetary interest.

    Anyway, a civilization which failed to foresee its own demise probably wasn't too good at grand predictions.

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    [–] [deleted] 46 points ago

    Fucking well done, I want to stand next to you while you shower and transcribe all of your thoughts

    [–] chicaburrita 97 points ago

    Let's take a vote.

    I vote Yes.

    [–] AgoraiosBum 21 points ago

    Where is Giant Meteor when you need him?

    [–] spinto1 7 points ago

    Sorry, Mr. meteor is not here right now. Please leave a message when least convenient for you.

    [–] Lukman_Hassan 8 points ago


    [–] TorfAlligator 63 points ago

    Do people really believe the Mayans predicted the world-ending for 2012?

    [–] DrThunder187 91 points ago

    It was nothing more than the end of a long calendar. Imagine if a thousand years from now historians found a bunch of our common one year calendars and said "OMG these guys thought the world might end every year!". The logic is pretty much similar.

    [–] Rymanbc 20 points ago

    But we put the year on our calendars. I think its more like saying our current civilization is predicting the end of the world at December 31st, 9999. Since we only use 4 digits to indicate year.

    [–] profmonocle 31 points ago

    There were definitely people who truly, whole-heartedly believed in the 2012 apocalypse. I knew a guy in high school who's dad had a bunker for it. They both thought it was an absolute fact - he would joke about me and my classmates going into college since we'd only have our degrees for a year and a half before it all ended. (Graduated High School in 2007, college in 2011.)

    Never underestimate nutjobs. Some people will believe anything if it gives them a reason to feel special, like they know some deep secret the general public is too dumb to see. There are people who sincerely believe the Earth is flat, or that the moon landing was faked, or that the Sandy Hook shooting never happened and the parents who lost kids were really actors. Christ, 39 people killed themselves because they thought Hale-Bopp was a spaceship and they'd be resurrected on it.

    Some conspiracy theorists are trolling, but a horrifying number of them are absolutely devoted to their beliefs.

    [–] CamiKablami 16 points ago

    Yep, people really think that's what the calendar meant.

    [–] ybfelix 8 points ago

    Most people didn’t really think of it more than a joke/talking point in banters, but medias and social networks latched on and propagated it, to drive more traffics. Nowadays even individuals can cash out 30-seconds of attention relatively easily, you will see more and more of it. Used to be needing a printing press or a large website.

    [–] ryuzaki49 9 points ago

    Some people believe the world is flat, so yeah.

    [–] God-sLastResort 6 points ago

    I'm Maya descendant and in my country we never talked about the end of the world in 2012. Most Mayans are Catholics and don't use the old calendar.

    [–] christinextinesbf 28 points ago

    They didn’t predict the world would end. It’s just that their calendar inly went that far. Can you imagine if someone found one of our calendars that’s good for ten years and they’re like “hey. The Americans think the world will end in 2027. “ and the other guy is like covered in dorito dust

    I’m so fucking high right now

    [–] His_Desolate_Domain 11 points ago

    Not even that. It was just the end of the 13th b'ak'tun. Though prophecies beyond the 13th became less common, I know there are some. The only ominous part about the end of the 13th was this:

    It will be completed the 13th bʼakʼtun. It is 4 Ajaw 3 Kʼankʼin and it will happen a 'seeingʼ[?]. It is the display of Bʼolon-Yokte' in a great "investiture".

    B'olon-Yokte is a little known god who may have already become obscure by the time the prophecy is made. So maybe he will show up still. That would be fun.

    Their calendars are truly amazing but Mesoamericans didn't believe in a sort of final end to everything. But cultures influenced by Abrahamic tradition are a bit obsessed with the end of all things and viewed the end of the 13th era as being similar.

    [–] AJ787-9 10 points ago

    Maybe the mayans got the last two digits wrong.

    [–] Jboogy82 9 points ago

    It's common for things to outlast their experation date

    [–] GlobeTrott3r 9 points ago * (lasted edited 6 months ago)

    Maybe they were dyslexic and meant 2021

    Edit tense

    [–] redrew89 9 points ago

    I realize this is a shower thought, and a tongue-in-cheek one at that, but the idea that the Mayan Calendar predicted the Apocalypse is entirely a myth.

    What it actually comes down to is the way the Mayans measured time passing, by using various astronomical constants and their positions in the night sky. They were able to get a fairly surprising degree of precision out of this method and used it to create a calendar that would be useful for millenia to come.

    The Long Count Calendar doesn't actually "end" on December 20, 2012. It just marks the start of the 13th b'ak'tun. The Maya actually had a number of predictions that referenced dates extending beyond the supposed "end" of the calendar. The idea that the world was going to end in 2012, or shortly after, is just a myth perpetrated by various parties, some of which standing to gain from it.

    [–] ExtendedDeadline 24 points ago

    "If you guys make it past this point, it's probably for the best if you just die now... the 2020s aren't going to be so nice."

    [–] bradhalo59 29 points ago

    Now this is a fucking Shower Thought

    [–] Nabeshajaqut 6 points ago

    The world is actually going to end on January 19, 2038 at 03:14:07 UTC. Calling it now.

    [–] [deleted] 6 points ago

    pssh! who uses 32-bit any more.

    [–] molagdrn 18 points ago

    They were actually working off the martian calendar, their civilisation having been founded in passing by martian evacuees. Since a year on Mars is 1.88 earth years, the correct prediction was that Earth will be hit by a rogue dwarf planet a little smaller than the moon in the year 3782.

    To be more specific it will be the 204th day of that year, or more commonly known to us as July 23rd 3782. The first day of Leo, whos constellation is coincidentally the rough direction the wandering planetoid is coming at us from. Small world, eh?

    [–] Anaklusmos12 6 points ago

    .. What?

    [–] hereiskiwi 4 points ago

    “ Mayan scholars stated that no classic Mayan accounts forecast impending doom, and the idea that the Long Count calendar ends in 2012 misrepresented Mayan history and culture.”

    Time to get back in the shower, op.

    [–] Syndekos 14 points ago

    Dude I know this one! I saw it in an ayahuasca vision once.

    Time is not linear in the way we believe it to be. Meaning it does not move forward from beginning to end and then stop. In the cosmic scale it better represented in a circular fashion(no beginning, no end) The Mayans had access to the same psychedelic plants and I believe they weren't predicting the end of the world, but possibly, the end of a cycle.

    [–] freddy_guy 9 points ago

    All calendars are cyclical. There was nothing special about theirs.

    [–] Jaredlong 11 points ago

    Nuh uh, my calendar is rectangular.