Well, 2020 sure has been a bummer. It is living up to its expectations of being a game changer, but in all the wrong senses. Everyone across the world was all set to start off the decade on a new note, and up their game a little. But 2020 had plans of its own. Conspiracy theorists have been having the time of their lives coming up with the most bizarre explanations for this series of unfortunate events. As the year kicked off, unconventional and strange stuff popped on us out of the blue. And you’ll be relieved to know that this may end soon. Yet another conspiracy theorist claims that the world is set to ‘end’ next week, on June 21!
What is the Mayan Calendar?
To give you a heads up, the Mayan calendar is the same which predicted the end of the world on December 21, 2012. The calendar consists of a system of 3 interlacing calendars, the Long Count, the Tzolkin and the Haab. In existence since the 5th century BC, the calendar revolved around the fact that the universe was destroyed and recreated at the start of each universal cycle. While the Gregorian calendar is the one that hangs in our halls, the Mayan and Julian calendars were very popular back in the day.
2020:The theory of the end
The Julian calendar claimed that days were lost, as the Earth orbited the Sun. Thus, when these lost days were added up, it suggests that we are in 2012, and not in 2020. Scientist Paolo Tagloguin said: “Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012. The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into the Gregorian Calendar is 11 days. For 268 years using the Gregorian Calendar (1752-2020) times 11 days = 2,948 days. 2,948 days / 365 days (per year) = 8 years”.
Thus we’re saying June 21, 2020 is actually 12 December 2012. Now it takes no brain to figure out what was to happen in 2012. The globe was hyped about it and they even got a movie made, showcasing just how the Earth would crumble and turn to dust!
Where’s the science?
While you may be losing some sleep over this conspiracy and the Mayan calendar screwing up their stats, NASA tells you to calm the jitters. Folks, science still exists and for good reasons too.
The space agency claims “The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012 and linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 - hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.”
The space giant went on to explain in an article, "For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence? There is none, and for all the fictional assertions, whether they are made in books, movies, documentaries or over the Internet, we cannot change that simple fact. There is no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.”
As for what the conspiracy theorists say, they’re most of the time theories without evidence. So it’s safe to say you can make plans for after June 21!