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Will the World End this December? Find Out!

A Mayan scholar discusses the idea that the world will end this December at the Monmouth County Library on Saturday, Dec. 1.

According to the Mayan calendar, the world will come to an end this December. Do you think that is true, or do you think it is just another normal calendar year?

Mayan scholar Joanne Baron will be discussing this belief at Monmouth County Library Headquarters in Manalapan Township on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m.

She will talk about how the idea of the world ending in 2012 has grown in popularity over the years, how the idea spread, and also discuss what the Mayan Calendar actually says about the subject.

Baron, who is currenty a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, has excavated with the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the site of La Corona in Guatemala. Currently, Baron is writing her dissertation on Classic Mayan patron deities and their political significance.

The Penn Museum is located on the University of Pennsylvania campus and is celebrating 125 years. The museum is holding a "Lords of Time" exhibit now through January 13, 2012. This exhibit showcases the Mayan calendar and also features artifacts that were recently excavated by Penn Museum archaeologists in Copan, Honduras.

Monmouth County Library Headquarters is located at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan Township.

Richard November 30, 2012 at 02:59 PM
I think I'll give out my xmas presents early so they can be enjoyed before the world ends.
George Clark November 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
you don't suppose those wise old blood thirsty mayans knew how long it would take for this frightened primitive species to evolve enough to collectively over turn this violently oppressed or governed societies world wide? I mean how long did ants take to evolve enough to at least be willing to give their individual lives for the salvation of the species instead of selling each other out or murdering for prophet as we have been doing for millenia? I think the world as we know it must end for it can't stand as it is. this truth i believe to be self evidant or soon will be. That's joyous news. One almost might call it gospel if one knew best.
bd November 30, 2012 at 04:14 PM
America ended on 11/6/2012
7ts November 30, 2012 at 04:52 PM
The world can't end yet, I still have payments to make on my house and car. You know the banks can't allow that to happen.
marylou November 30, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Why?Because the majority of the people of the USA voted for a Presidential candidate that you don't like?Move to TX.It's citizens are forming their owncountry.
Publius November 30, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Does the "majority of the people" always decide issues in the United States? If the majority of the people in the United States wanted to outlaw abortion, would that be ok under "majority rule" ? How about if the majority of people in the United States did not want "Obamacare" - should that become the law of the land? Didn't a majority of people in the United States (and even a president or two) favor segregation? Certain European leaders during the mid-20th Century justified their actions by relying on "majority rule." The Electoral College, for example, prevents certain states from ruling presidential elections year after year. If the "majority" were always to rule, then the most populated states would always decide our presidents. Become better students of your democracy before relying on slogans.
bd November 30, 2012 at 06:10 PM
lf by "democracy" you mean Constitutional Republic--it would be a true statement.
bd November 30, 2012 at 06:14 PM
and when all the makers, like myself, move South to Red States, who will be left to provide "goodies" for the takers???? But, of course, EVERY time taxes were raised, LESS $$$ goes to gov'y-EVERY TIME (NJ, Greece, England, France, NY state)--BUT this time it will be different, right??? Like the big Milhous supporters who own Costco----BORROWING $3 billion to pay themselves dividends ---at a lower rate??? Mathematics, and the law of unintended consequences win EVERY time koolaid drinker.
George Clark November 30, 2012 at 08:41 PM
wow, bd is a maker. What do you make? shoes? Money? Wealth and prosperity? lol. i just heard great things about cosco paying it's average employee 20.50 an hour and you attack them for it. Explain how bad they are again and how walmart is the true business model to follow? You make nothing that will last bd but those things you treasure have always been fleeting, rusting and moth eating in attacks or stolen by another taker calling himself a maker. lol. shalom.
Zachary December 01, 2012 at 11:26 PM
World will not end on december 21 only god knows when the world will end.
JimH67 December 03, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Your statement that the "Electoral College prevents certain states from ruling presidential elections year after year" is the most flawed statement I've ever read in my entire life. The Electoral College is a dangerous institution. How do you feel that the votes of only 15 percent of Americans mean anything in the Presidential election and (presuming you live in NJ) you are not among the 15 percent? How does it feel that 40+ states (including blue NJ) are colored red or blue on the national map before Election Day even happens? How does it feel that Wisconsin was "called" for Obama at a point in time when the officially counted votes in that state were 53% to Romney? The FACT is that a handful of states rule every presidential election. Those states include Florida, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. That's why Obama and Romney devoted 98% of their campaign resources to that small handful of states.

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