Home Space At 11:11:00GMT, the world was supposed to end

But it didn't - the Mayans were right, the charlatans were wrong.

I was a little premature in announcing that the prophecy was a fizzer at the stroke of local midnight local time (in eastern Australia). This time, I have it right, I'm sure.

According to both Wikipedia and the Mayan Calendar Countdown, 11:11:00GMT was the moment that the world would end.

As far as I could tell, the best we could manage was a magnitude 2.7 earthquake about 7 minutes late, which occurred just into the Pacific near the USA / Mexico border.

That was nothing more than a fire-cracker.

There was no meteor impact, no war, plague or pestilence. In fact other than having to beat a path to the register at the shopping centre this morning (see here), there was no disaster of any kind.

Too many rogues and charlatans have lied about this whole event to too many people. They have extorted money, they have even caused deaths.

The lies told by these people, the half-baked truths, the total misrepresentation of science for their own end was breathtaking in both its scope and its sheer effrontery.

Of course, now they will feel obliged to repay all donations. It's the decent thing to do.

They'll also find a new "end of the world" date. It's about the only way they can make a living!

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