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As the year 2012 draws closer, one can hear statements about the impending end of the world more and more often. It seems that the ancient Mayans, a South American nation that was surprisingly good at mathematics and astronomy, believed that the world is going to end in the end of 2012. Whoever of them predicted it, he was reasonable enough to place the date far enough from his own time, in order not to be around when the time comes.
Some people seem to be seriously preparing for it. It, however, never ends to beat me why. Why should I believe that we all are going to die on some particular date just because a bunch of Indians, the last of whom died about 1500 years ago, believed so? Come on, they also believed that in order for the sun to keep rising they have to perform mass human sacrifices and pierce their tongues and genitalia with knives. They were incredibly good at mathematics? As far as it is known, not good enough to invent the wheel.
It is beyond me why people believe that bloodthirsty savages who lived 1500 ago and spent most of their time fighting their neighbors and among themselves knew something that modern scientists with high-tech equipment have no idea about. There are no examples of ancient knowledge actually turning to be something more advanced than shaman’s incantations or something like this.
So don’t worry, people. This end of the world will…