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Published November 12, 2009, 08:33 AM

Mayan calendar prediction for 2012 is "misunderstood"

(WDAY TV) - We used to hear that “kids say the darnedest things”, but times have changed and what does a parent say when a teen-agers asks about the end of the world? Tomorrow night, the movie 2012 opens. It explores our earth's last moments based on the Mayan calendar ending on December of 2012.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

(WDAY TV) - We used to hear that “kids say the darnedest things”, but times have changed and what does a parent say when a teen-agers asks about the end of the world? Tomorrow night, the movie 2012 opens. It explores our earth's last moments based on the Mayan calendar ending on December of 2012.

Last night, WDAY 6 Reporter Kevin Wallevand talked with teens about the movie and their fears. Tonight, what do you as parents tell your children? Many people believe the Mayans were some of the smartest astronomers and mathematicians that ever lived.

“They predicted things into the future; they did not think the world would end in 2012.”

Research Scientist Dr. Heidi Manning of Concordia's Physics Department says rumors of the planets going all haywire in our solar system are baseless.

“A misconception, the plants are not going to be in any kind of alignment, they are not going to be lined on one side of the sun.”

NDSU Anthropologist Archeologist Tom Riley has studied the Mayan culture in Guatemala. He says the Mayans did not call for an end of the world in 2012.

“Forward, forward to a new and greater cycle.”

And when teens come to you parents seeking wisdom and answers about this Hollywood doomsday.

“If a parent is noticing it is affecting sleep/stomach aches and work. Maybe behavioral issues, I would contact a counselor.”

One thing is for sure, the Mayan people never predicted this; a movie, their calendar, and a world waiting for the real answer.

“The world continues on.”

The film not only opens in Fargo and the rest of the country Friday night. It will be released around the world, including the home of Mayans, Guatemala.

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