People have been freaking out about the end of the Mayan calendar for years. Well that day arrives tomorrow, and we are still alive. NASA recently tried to put our minds at rest by debunking all of the 2012 apocalypse scenarios.

Basically the Mayan calendar is no different than the calendar that you have hanging on your wall with all the naked chicks (or cute kittens.) Just like how our calendar ends at 11:59:59 on 12/31. Life still continues (minus the hangover) on January 1st.

According to scientificamerican.com

Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/JPL, explains the belief that the calendar used by the ancient Mayan civilization comes to a sudden end in December 2012, and that this will coincide with a cataclysmic, world-ending event, Yeomans said: "Their calendar does not end on December 21, 2012; it's just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one. It's just like on December 31, our calendar comes to an end, but a new calendar begins on January 1."

Addressing the claim that Earth's axes are going to shift on Dec. 21, 2012, he said: "The rotation axis can't shift because the orbit of the moon around the Earth stabilizes it and doesn't allow it to shift." He noted that the magnetic field does shift every half-million years or so, but "there's no evidence it's going to happen in December, and even if it were to be shifting, it takes thousands of years to do so. And even if it did shift, it's not going to cause a problem on the Earth apart from the fact that we're going to have to recalibrate our compasses."