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The idea that the Mayans predicted the end of the world in December 2012 has been referenced a few times in Atlantean Publishing's pages, primarily in the poetry booklet released just in time to mark the date (or to beat Armageddon, at least), Apocalypse: Poetry from the End of the World.

There were multiple websites available with 'countdown clocks' telling us exactly how long we'd got to go until said apocalypse arrived — or at any rate how long it was until the Mayan 'Long Count' calendar "ended" — such as the following:

One obvious trouble is that the two were out of synch by an hour — which raised the spectre of being caught out by the world ending an hour earlier than you were prepared for, thanks to the Apocalypse being on daylight savings time when you weren't...

Fortunately, the allotted moment seems to have come and gone without this happening, so we may have got away with it, for now. Hilariously, after their respective times had elapsed the former 'clock' above was replaced with the vibrant carry-on-regardless message "It is the new beginning. Let us celebrate today!", while the latter was replaced with "Sorry, the website cannot be found" — so perhaps, in some variant of the multiverse, their particular Earth has ceased to exist after all.

Just in case the end of the world does loom again any time soon, for a handy primer on how to escape planetary annihilation at the last second we recommend The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. It helps greatly if you have a friend who turns out to come from somewhere in the vicinity of Betelguese and has a talent for thumbing a ride from passing spaceships.

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  • The Facts of the Matter — this was originally published over a dozen years in advance of the time period it portrays, before being reprinted when that time finally came around, just for comparison purposes!

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