A scientist and Fullbright scholar has claimed that the ‘end of the world prophecy might not be entirely false.

Conspiracy theorist claims Mayan calendar was wrong
Conspiracy theorist claims Mayan calendar was wrong  |  Photo Credit: Twitter

If you ask anyone about 2020 and how they are feeling about the current scenario, the most probable answers will be ‘terrible’, ‘worst year ever’, or ‘let it end soon’.

The year has been difficult, to say the least. And we are just 6 months into it.

As the barrage of bad news continues unabated, many on social media and over regular conversations have started questioning lately whether the world is coming to an end. Their extreme feeling is perhaps justified.  We are facing a pandemic that shows no signs of slowing down and climate change has wreaked havoc in many regions.

While the ‘end of the world’ feeling may be all too real for many people now, in 2012 it was less-feared speculation due to a calendar from the ancient Mayan civilisation. The Mayan prophecy had stated that the world would come to an end on December 21, 2012.

The speculation became such a big deal that Hollywood big-budget feature film titled ‘2012’ to show how the Earth with be torn apart, piece by piece, due to climatic changes. Well, that theory remained in the realm of fiction and humanity surged eight years ahead into 2020.

As things are pretty messed up this year, it is natural for conspiracy theorists to come up with something new.

One researcher has claimed that the ‘end of the world prophecy might not be entirely false. Scientist and Fullbright scholar Paolo Tagaloguin had posted a tweet saying, ” “Following the Julian Calendar, we are technically in 2012…The number of days lost in a year due to the shift into 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.”

The tweet has since been deleted but his followers have started questioning the basis of the theory.

By Paolo’s calculations, the Earth should de be destroyed by June 21. That’s just six days from now.

Let us simplify his claim. Back in 1582, most of the world started using the Gregorian calendar. That’s the standard calendar that is still used to this date. But before that year, people used different calendars to keep track of the dates. Two of them were the Mayan and Julian calendars. The purpose of introducing the Gregorian calendar was tor try and better reflect the time it takes for Earth ot orbit the Sun. However, as many as 11 days were lost from the year that was once determined by the Julian Calendar.

Over time, these lost days were added up to establish a conspiracy theory that we are actually in the year 2012 now and not 2020.

Following the theory of the current year, it was predicted that June 21, 2020, was the actual version of December 21, 2012, the earlier predicted day of apocalypse.

Back in 2012, NASA debunked the theory by saying there was no credible evidence for any of the assertions made in support of unusual events taking place in December 2012.

“For any claims of disaster or dramatic changes in 2012, where is the science? Where is the evidence?” NASA previously explained.

“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,” the space agency added



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