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Mayan 'prediction' that the end of the world is Dec. 21, 2012 (© Tips Images/Alamy)
The Mayan calendar
The Mayan calendar

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The Mayans developed many calendar systems to fit a variety of purposes, and scholars insist that their famous Long Count Calendar was not designed to predict the world's end, despite what people hyping an apocalypse on Dec. 21, 2012, would say (see some of the predictions). Here are the facts about the various Mayan calendars.
 
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