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Dec 15 2012 @ 8:27pm

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Another Mayan apocalypse is slated for Friday. NASA is doing its best to debunk the myth:

Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then — just as your calendar begins again on January 1 — another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

Luckily only 2% of Americans believe it will happen:

To put this in context, if you went to small-town high school with 500 kids, two percent would mean 10 of your classmates actually believe they have only eight days left to live before the world goes up in a ball of flames as foretold by ancient Mayans. Chances are you would know those 10 kids, and you would think they were all nuts. 10 kids would probably seem like more at your school than you’d expect.

On the other hand, 15% of those surveyed—the equivalent to 47 million Americans—think that the world will end with Jesus returning for the rapture as told by the bible’s Book of Revelation in their lifetime. So there’s that.

Update from a reader:

I know I can't be the only person pointing out that if the world's ending, you're not using a condom.

(Hat tip: Copyranter)