Depending on what articles you read or what rumors you've heard though, the Mayans weren't even trying to suggest the end of the world. Instead they are suggesting the end of a cycle. What exactly changes as we leave this cycle and start a new one I suppose is up for speculation and debate. But last night as I was mulling this entire scenario over in my mind a theory came to me. Perhaps the Mayan calendar ends just because they stopped adding to it. Imagine if for some reason I had to move out of my home quickly and left everything including the calendar I have on the wall behind. Would it be logical for the people that discover my empty home to assume that because my calendar ends on December 31st that it must be so?
I know my theory may have some holes but apparently I am not alone in thinking of that. A quick Google search led me to a NASA website where they have taken the liberty of answering some of the top questions people have about the Mayan calendar. Here is a snippet that supports my intuition:
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