Apocalypse Postponed

Believers in the ancient Mayan prophesy can rest a little easier today, thanks to Gerardo Aldana, professor of Chicana and Chicano studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. According to legend, the end of the ancient Mayan calendar was supposed to coincide with the end of the world. Previously, the final day on the Mayan calendar was believed to be Dec. 21, 2012.

But Aldana claims in a chapter in a new textbook, Calendars and Years II: Astronomy and Time in the Ancient and Medieval World, that past scholars made critical mistakes while attempting to convert the Mayan calender to the modern Gregorian calendar. For Aldana, the true end of the Mayan calendar remains a mystery, but he thinks it may not occur for another 100 years.

Most important, Aldana offers hope to all believers in the doomsday prophesies of ancient pagans who fear that the world’s end might rob them of the chance to celebrate Obama’s retirement from the presidency.