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Mayan End Of The World Myth LIVE BLOG: Is It The Apocalypse Yet?

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With everyone asking the simple question 'Is It The Apocalypse Yet?' we thought it would be appropriate to live blog the final hours of human life on Earth.

Join us as we chronicle our doom. In millions of years time new humanoids may discover this blog and will uncover how the humans finally became extinct.

Should the Mayan prediction turn out to be a myth, at least we'll all have had a pre-Christmas laugh, right?

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A journalist speaks in front of a TV camera in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity, the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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It's gone 11:11 and the world has not ended.

See http://www.timeanddate.com/countdown/maya for more details

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The Huffington Post reports:

As the so-called "Mayan doomsday" approaches, the Mayans of Guatemala are speaking out against what some are calling a government- and tour business-led effort to profit off misinterpretations of their traditions.

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  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    Members of a folkloric group perform during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    A folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    A member of a folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    A member of a folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    A folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Peruvian shamans perform a ritual against the alleged 2012 apocalyptic Mayan prediction in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The supposed 5 a.m. Friday doomsday hour had already arrived in several parts of the world with no sign of the apocalypse. The social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: "The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand." (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • A Peruvian shaman perform a ritual against the alleged 2012 apocalyptic Mayan prediction in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The supposed 5 a.m. Friday doomsday hour had already arrived in several parts of the world with no sign of the apocalypse. The social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: "The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand." (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • People gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

  • Mayan dancers perform in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. American seer Star Johnsen-Moser led a whooping, dancing, drum-beating ceremony Thursday in the heart of Mayan territory to consult several of the life-sized crystal skulls, which adherents claim were passed down by the ancient Maya. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

  • Mayan gather in front of the Kukulkan Pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. A Mexican Indian seer who calls himself Ac Tah, and who has traveled around Mexico erecting small pyramids he calls "neurological circuits," said he holds high hopes for Dec. 21. "We are preparing ourselves to receive a huge magnetic field straight from the center of the galaxy," he said. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

  • Students jump together to pose for photographers in front of a mock pyramid after the countdown time when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Students take pictures of themselves in front of a mock pyramid during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Students watch during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Students react during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Students react during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. the Mayas' 13th Baktun would officially end on this Dec. 21. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Two women take pictures of themselves in front of a mock pyramid during the countdown to when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Students dressed in graduation gowns pose in front of a mock pyramid moments before the countdown time when many believe the Mayan people predicted the end of the world, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in Taichung, southern Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

  • Indigenous people participate in a ceremony at Iximche archeological site in Tecpan, Guatemala, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • People gather at Iximche archeological site in Tecpan, Guatemala, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • People gather in front of "Templo de los Guerreros," or "Temple of the Warriors," in Chichen Itza, Mexico, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, and so still are we. According to legend, the ancient Mayans' long-count calendar ends at midnight Thursday, ushering in the end of the world. Didn't happen. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

  • A Mayan priest participates in a ceremony at Iximche archeological site in Tecpan, Guatemala, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • A Peruvian shaman lights cigarettes before performing a ritual against the alleged 2012 apocalyptic Mayan prediction in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The supposed 5 a.m. Friday doomsday hour had already arrived in several parts of the world with no sign of the apocalypse. The social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: "The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand." (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • A Peruvian shaman perform a ritual against the alleged 2012 apocalyptic Mayan prediction in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The supposed 5 a.m. Friday doomsday hour had already arrived in several parts of the world with no sign of the apocalypse. The social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: "The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand." (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • A Peruvian shaman perform a ritual against the alleged 2012 apocalyptic Mayan prediction in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The supposed 5 a.m. Friday doomsday hour had already arrived in several parts of the world with no sign of the apocalypse. The social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: "The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand." (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • A chicken's head lays on an altar of offerings during a private ceremony at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • A Mayan priest prays by a sacred fire during a ceremony at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • Peruvian shamans perform a ritual against the alleged 2012 apocalyptic Mayan prediction in Lima, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The supposed 5 a.m. Friday doomsday hour had already arrived in several parts of the world with no sign of the apocalypse. The social network Imgur posted photos of clocks turning midnight in the Asia-Pacific region with messages such as: "The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand." (AP Photo/Martin Mejia)

  • A chicken's head lays on an altar of offerings during a private ceremony at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • Mayan priests place flowers for a ceremony at Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • A man dressed as a character from the movie Star Wars distributes toilet paper to Ukrainians as part of stunt in central Kiev devoted to the end of the world, projected by some believers, for Friday in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

  • An indigenous woman carries flowers at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • A Mayan priest prays during a ceremony at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. While the Mayan calendar cycle has prompted a wave of doomsday speculation across the globe, few in the Mayan heartland believe the world will end on Friday. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

  • A man dressed as Darth Vader, the central character of Star Wars, takes part in a stunt devoted to the end of the world, projected by some believers, for Friday in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    A member of a folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    A member of a folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    Members of a folkloric group perform during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    Members of a folkloric group perform during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • GUATEMALA--MAYA-CALENDAR-TIKAL-CELEBRATION

    A folkloric group performs during celebrations marking the end of the Mayan age, December 20, 2012 at the Tikal archaeological site, Peten departament, 560 kms north of Guatemala City. Ceremonies are being held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Johan ORDONEZ (Photo credit should read JOHAN ORDONEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

  • HONDURAS-MAYA-CALENDAR-CELEBRATIONS

    A woman in Mayan costume performs at Central America Park in Copan Ruinas, some 400 kms northwest of Tegucigalpa, on December 20, 2012. Ceremonies will be held to celebrate the end of the Mayan cycle known as Bak'tun 13 and the start of the new Maya Era on December 21. AFP PHOTO / Orlando SIERRA (Photo credit should read ORLANDO SIERRA/AFP/Getty Images)

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@ carolinepennock : .@JonathanHaynes Argh! Would everyone please stop talking about the 'Mayans'. They are the MAYA. Mayan applies only to the language.

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If the world ends today, could it be because the universe is actually a giant computer simulation? Our Tech Editor Michael Rundle blogs about why he hopes it is:

http://huff.to/XSMyKg

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The large hadron collider has been turned off. Before you panic, it's for Christmas.

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Update: It's 8:30am in London and the world has still not ended.

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@ AlexAllTimeLow : Spoiler alert from the eastern regions of the planet: The world doesn't end.

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For the people who predicted the apocalypse, the Mayans are pretty chilled out.

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In this AP photo, Mayan priests pray during a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun, in Guatemala City.

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More than 30 Michigan schools have closed two days early for the holiday break, in part, one official says, because of rumors surrounding the belief that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on Friday.

No teacher wants to be stuck in double maths while the end of the world rages - it's hard enough to keep kids focussed as it is.

Five districts -- covering 33 schools in Lapeer county -- will cancel all classes and extracurriculars until Jan. 7, 2013.

According to a letter sent to families of Lapeer Community Schools, the Mayan doomsday scenario -- coupled with "numerous rumors" circulating in the state's districts about "potential threats of violence against students" following last week's Connecticut school shooting --prompted officials to release students for vacation Wednesday instead of Friday.

Read the whole story here.

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@ jaimelynbeatty : Dear NY Post, if the #apocalypse strikes: do you really want THIS #frontpage as ur legacy? Yeah? Ok, just checking. http://t.co/CakBvleP

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In China, more than 600 members of a fringe Christian group have been arrested for spreading doomsday panic and rumors, China's Xinhua news agency reported according to CNN.

Known as the Almighty God cult, the group goes door to door to warn that the sun would not shine and electricity would not work for three days beginning on December 21.

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No it's not the macarena, it's a Mayan Ceremony on Bacuranao beach in eastern Havana, on December 6, 2012.

Mayan leaders are in Cuba delivering conferences and making ceremonies to celebrate the beginning of a new era. (ADALBERTO ROQUE/AFP/Getty Images)

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As the world waits for its end according to an ancient Mayan prophecy, top chefs around the world put forward suggestions for the last supper: fresh mackerel, pizza, and more. according to Today.

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Some news outlets around the website have been predicting the weather forecast for Friday. And while the rain looks near apocalyptic here in the UK, some broadcasters seeing the weather getting distinctly warmer.

Star News has done a round-up of some of the best forecasts, and here are a couple of our favourites.

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Russia's President Putin is not worried one jot about his possible upcoming demise.

He appears to have firmly placed all his bets on the side of science.

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@ CricMS : Earthquake in Jaipur? Apocalypse happening? Atleast we won the last ever game of professional cricket.

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@ Gotham3 : People are Joking about the Apocalypse as if there is no tomorrow.

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It would appear that those wishing to escape the impending and presumably fiery doom of the apocalypse, should head to the little French town of Bugarach.

According to the Telegraph, the town's mountain is rumoured to be one of only a handful of places to escape the cataclysm.

As an additional treat, doomsday believers say a visual spectacle will also be provided when spaceship-riding aliens emerge from the mountain to save nearby humans.

Jean-Pierre Delord, the beleaguered mayor of Bugarach, said: "I am making an appeal to the world – do not come to Bugarach."

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@ matthewhurtt : I hope the Mayan Apocalypse takes everyone who won't shut up about the Mayan Apocalypse.

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@ SenJohnMcCain : Thanks Vlad, I can finally rest easy about tomorrow! "Mayan apocalypse: Vladimir #Putin rules out end of the world" http://t.co/LnkoBDbl

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As the New York Post reports:

A sexy swimsuit model and countless other lusty New Yorkers say tomorrow’s predicted Mayan apocalypse is a great reason to have sex, and are turning to social media and doomsday-themed parties in hopes of fully experiencing humanity’s steamy climax.

“If I die, I don’t want to die on a dry spell!” declared model Niki Ghazian.

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