Posted: Dec 21, 2012 5:21 PM by Jacob Krasnow
Updated: Dec 21, 2012 5:21 PM
BATON ROUGE - The end of the Mayan calendar, and supposedly, the end of days, is here.
"I heard it was supposed to be at 4 a.m., so, we're still here," said Larrie King, a skeptic of the apocalypse.
"They probably got a hold of some bath salts, or probably read a few too many fictional stories," said Shawn Zeringue, another skeptic of the apocalyptic forecasters.
LSU professor and Maya expert Mary Brody agreed on the unlikelihood of a pending catastrophe.
"I think people are expecting nothing to happen today," said Brody. "I know there's a big hype about Maya doomsday, but, spoiler alert, it's not even the end of anything."
Seemingly obvious doomsday scenarios, like the New Orleans Saints' Super Bowl run in 2009, have come and gone over the years, but Brody says the 2012 prophecies are a misunderstanding.
"They were genius naked eye astronomers and incredible calendric mathematicians," said Brody of the Maya. "They calculated time deep into the past and way into the future. Each time cycle started over again, and that's the point where we are now."
In June, News 2 reported that a Tulane professor's findings in Guatemala depict December 21st as the beginning of a new calendar.
"That's not what that particular date is about," said Tulane archaeologist Dr. Marcello Canuto, refuting claims of the Mayan calendar predicting the end of the world.
For most people, December 21st is a normal day.
"I'll probably light my Christmas candles and look at my tree, watch a little TV," said doomsday skeptic Linda Tippett.
"It's a really great excuse for a party," said skeptic Kelly Connelly.