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Since the concept of the Leap Year was first implemented back in 45BC, there have been about 514 of them.
Without the extra day every 4 years, we would be in 2013.

As the Mayan Calendar doesn't take leap years into account; 2012 has been and gone.

(Edit - no: I'm not smart enough to work that out myself. I read it!)
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:iconinternetexplorer968:
Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
The Mayan calender ended because they didn't feel like continuing it, too much work.
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YamaTheSpaceFish Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Maya count the kin and uinal and tun and katun and baktun and pictun and calabtun and kinchiltun and alautun entirely differently.
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TheOtaku13 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Actually, that's not true. You see, there are actually 365 and one quarter days in a year, but that's not very tidy, so leap years were added to the calender to make up for the quarter days.
So don't worry, you'll still get your doomsday :D
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:iconinternetexplorer968:
Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Doomsday is just a dumb pagan belief that supports that the world would end because of some supernatural occurance. The day doesn't exist. People, why would you ever make a day to end the world? That is pointless. The Earth will never end.
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SteelSkeleton Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012
Aww, man. There goes my dream of being a junk/weapons vendor. ... Oh, well. On the bright side, at least I don't have to worry about the whole "Survive the apocalypse and survive in a now much more hostile world" part.
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kenofchaos Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
Dam it!! so i built my bunker for nothing then!!!!!!! I was rather looking forward to the end of the world. I wouldn't have to finish paying my bank loan. bollocks!!!!
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Kossori-Monoceros Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
WIN
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:iconrukaisho:
Rukaisho Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So the world really isn't going to end?
Fuck! Guess I'll be working at my shitty dead end job longer than I thought. =_=
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CommanderWolffe Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Student Digital Artist
*phew*.... That's a relief!
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:iconlittlewolfqueen:
LittleWolfQueen Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah.. Little details we all miss..
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:iconcyrusnexus:
Cyrusnexus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Hah. That's pretty funny actually.
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RamoranScout Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconkermityayplz:
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quentinlars Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
supposedly when the Church (Pope) got their grubby little totalitarian hands on it (Mayan Calendar), they contracted a band of German mathematicians to precisely calculate how and when the end of the Mayan calender would coincide with two dates of the western calendar, one of them was something something November 2011 and the other was 12 12 2012... hence the now widely used Gregorian calendar. So, it's a safe bet a stuffy roomful of german math hounds might have covered all the bases.
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makershy Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Then it would have been the 2011 date since the calender didn't account for leap years. The 2012 date would be the date if leap years were used by the Mayans (in which, to my knowledge, there isn't any as leap years were introduced 45BC to change the original 13 mth calender to 12 mths.)
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quentinlars Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol I guess we'll all find out in december, yeah? not to mention 2012 isn't necessarily a doomsday, the mayans just ran out of stone to carve into.
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makershy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Or Spain had invaded and they couldn't finish it.
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:iconquentinlars:
quentinlars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
lol
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:iconmakershy:
makershy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Well when you think about it, whoever wasn't shot at died of disease later, so that always what possibly happened
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:iconquentinlars:
quentinlars Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
well the whole point of it is... the Mayan calendar was already well in effect long before the conquistadors came.. my point was that they ran out of stone to continue any further... that's it... it was a joke and I think it died about 3 messages ago...
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:iconmakershy:
makershy Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
I...didn't get it..sry =B
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Harrkonen Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
My friend and I were hoping that the Mayans would just show back up on a flying saucer.
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joethehero2 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
You mean like this?

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Harrkonen Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2012
:O...Awesome...
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MatthewHuntley Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
When the scientists/adventurers that discovered the Mayan calender calculated that the end of the world would be December 21, 2012, don't you think that they would have taken leap years into account when coming up with that date? It's something I've been curious about upon seeing all these "leap years saved us" posts. I am open to the possibility that I'm not correct of course: merely putting a theory out there.
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Dasha444 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
~I thought I heard all the debunks on 2012 , but not this one. Makes sense....lol!
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ima-8bit-guy Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
+win
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sexy-kat Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i posted this on my facebook earlier lol
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dorianphoenix Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Sorry, but doomsday is still on track, the Mayan calander doesn't have a leap year, but does take into account the year being 365.25 days long. It's count down ends on Winter solstice this year regardless of our calander. Theirs is an solar astronomical calander not a Lunar calander that was tweaked by the church because they feared the number 13.
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Madskills Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
This is right and it doesn't signify the end of the world more than likely it signifies the date earth, and most likely our solar system, crosses the equator of our galaxy. Which actually does have the possibility of creating worldwide changes in climate and weather but it is still unlikely they would be sudden changes and would more likely take centuries.
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CelixDog04 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I say the Mayan's got sick of chiseling days on stone and said "screw it, we'll make it again later on". And either way.. if the "doomsday" comes.. I'm calling it "The Great Weeding of the World" or " The great Darwinism" because that's the day we will hopefully loose all the stupid people... well at least 25% of them in the USA.
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:iconinternetexplorer968:
Internetexplorer968 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I agree. Lose 25% of the stupid people. The United States and the world is better off without them.
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CelixDog04 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
... and my poor spelling makes me on the bottom of the top 25% probibly as well. :meow:
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Solbadgreg Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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MacKenzieX Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
And according to recalculating the numbers used by the people who gave us the A.D./B.C calendar, it's 2018. I suppose that would make it 2019 if the extra day in every Leap Year is removed.
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R150 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I kinda thought that the Mayans had a completely different concept of years and that it was only a "day to day" translation. Wouldn't the scientists have figured that out sooner? Like:"Oh, mayan years are all the same length!" "Would you look at that!" .... "So it won't fit?" "No, guess not."

really ? ... really now? ... anyway most people still think it's in December and that is all that's to it. If everyone thinks a doomsday is to come ... some kind of doomsday will come ;-)
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Yes! The stone calendar contained 13 baktun (20 Katun, cycles of the Mayan long count calendar). Each baktun is 144,000 days or ~394 solar years. So, why bother making the next one right after the first is finished?
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mistress-of-fire Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Doomsday has nothing to do with the Mayan Calendar. The world will come to an end because it's election time in USA.
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RA-Meenan Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That made my day. XD
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:iconmistress-of-fire:
mistress-of-fire Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's good, it's what I intended with that comment xD
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
and the candidates are all sh*t. They aren't even trying to hide that the whole thing is a farce this time.
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Asylums-Impulse Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
But the scientists who studied the Mayan Calender did. As approximation of these scientists who read the Mayan calender and their different date system, whose is different than our own 365 day calender, calculated and approximation down to either 12-21-2012, or 12-23-2012, as the start of a new cycle on their calender. Not the end of the world.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
Yes! The stone calendar contained 13 baktun (20 Katun, cycles of the Mayan long count calendar). Each baktun is 144,000 days or ~394 solar years. So, why bother making the next one right after the first is finished?
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DigitalPanther Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
A very interesting point to be sure. However, does the math for the conversion by the various archeologists that have translated the Mayan Calendar. Did their conversions take leap year into account?

Personally I think the hype over the "Mayan Doomsday" is over blown. Yeah it supposedly coincides with a large planetary alignment, So it might make for pretty space pictures...but i doubt it will be the end of the world.

Although, if your original suggestion does turn out to be accurate then it has already passed and the end of the world was called due to lack of attention. ;)
-DP
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
The Mayan long count calendar contains 13 baktun (20 "katun" cycles of that calendar). Each baktun is 144,000 days or ~394 solar years. So, why bother making the next one right after the first is finished, right? Well, other than unforeseen invading Spaniards.

The hype actually started as a New Age concoction from the 1970s, which was largely fueled by poor understandings of basic astronomy and likely drugs. I blame the hippies and "spiritualists" (got to love misguided racism) from that time period.

Additionally, J. Eric S. Thompson stated that when a Long Count of, say, 9.15.10.0.0 is placed in the 9th baktun, we are almost certainly committing an error, like placing the year 2009 in the 2nd millennium. However, that practice is so well established among Maya epigraphers and other students of the Maya that to change it would cause more harm than its perpetuation.
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Chyanime Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Student General Artist
*applaude* Thank YOU
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RalphMarx666 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well now, lets arm for world revolution instead

HAIL THE TERRAN EMPIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:icondinshino:
dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."
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konekoangel Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, wasn't the calender further adjusted in the early 1900s? Added some months or something?
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dinshino Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2012
I have found no reference to this and my archaeologically obsessed buddy has no clue what you're talking about.
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konekoangel Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I saw it somewhere... Can't remember where :/
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