Nat Geo on the Maya Calendar, Predictions—And Why the World Won't End December 21

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The Mayan Apocalypse 2012
Airing Friday, December 21, at 10 PM ET/PT

In this National Geographic Channel special, historian Paul Murton explores how the 2012 phenomenon has swept across the Internet, with hundreds of websites featuring frightening predictions.

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