Katherine Mangu-Ward on the Mayan Apocalypse


The intricate geometric carving featured to the right has become a symbol of the Mayan apocalypse, projected by their calendar to arrive on December 21, 2012. In reality, the stone is (a) not Mayan, and (b) probably not even a calendar. The Aztec Sun Stone, which postdates Mayan civilization by 500 years, has absolutely nothing to say about when the world will end, says Katherine Mangu-Ward.