Mesoamerican Long Count calendar

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Mexico’s Maya heartland greets dawn of new era

MERIDA, Mexico (AP) — Dec. 21 started out as the prophetic day some had believed would usher in the fiery end of the world. By Friday afternoon, it had become more comic than cosmic, the punch line of countless Facebook posts and dozens of T-shirts.

12/21/2012

Vatican: World not ending, despite Maya prediction

VATICAN CITY (AP) – The Vatican’s top astronomer has some assurances to offer: The world won’t be ending in about two weeks, despite predictions to the contrary.

12/11/2012

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