John J. Ventre, state director of the Mutual UFO Network,
poses with a sarcophagus at his Greensburg home on Dec. 3. Ventre has been
researching the link between extraterrestrials and the supposed end of the
world since 1996.
JOHNSTOWN — This could be the last article you ever read –
that is, if the calendar you keep is Mayan instead of Gregorian.
Today, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 – or 12/21/12 – that calendar,
called the Mayan Long Count, is set to expire. Awareness of this date has, over
the years, yielded wild and alarming speculation about what it means. Some
researchers interpret that the end of their calendar could signify the end of
our world ... at least, as we know it.
The Mayans’ grasp of astronomy, their plotted cycle of
heavenly bodies and their chronicling of time were sharply accurate, even by
today’s standards. Although their empire is long gone, their ancient science
still rivals our modern understanding of the cosmos. Even without sophisticated
instruments or electronics, they recognized the 26,000-year procession of the Earth’s
slightly wobbling axis.
Did they know something about Earth’s fate that we don’t?