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Temple #12 - Optimist & Pessimist

Hidden : 12/12/2012
Difficulty:
3.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

This is another of 21 caches to be published each day of the last days of the Maya long count calendar, leading to the beginning of a new era.


The cache is not at the listed coordinates.


Pessimist – n.
1. A tendency to stress the negative or unfavorable or to take the gloomiest possible view.
2. The doctrine or belief that this is the worst of all possible worlds and that all things ultimately tend towards evil.
3. The doctrine or belief that the evil in the world outweighs the good.
Optimist – n.
1. One who usually expects a favorable outcome.
2. A believer in philosophical optimism.


Whether you are a Pessimist and are worried about the World ending on December 21, 2012… or an optimist and are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Oreo cookie… Why not try for optimistic pessimism and Hope for the best; prepare for the worst. This way you can’t lose!

If you are normally a pessimist, try being an optimist while solving these questions on Oreo cookies and the Mayas to make this find.


N 47° AB.CDE

W 122° FG.HIJ



1. What is the birth year (Z) of the Oreo?

Z - = (A)

2. What year (Y) did the Toltecs invade Chichen Itza?

Y - = (B) = (D) = (G) = (H) = (J)

3. What year (X) was Oreo exported to several Spanish-speaking Countries?

X - = (C)

4. What year (W), according to the Maya Long Count system of recording time, did the current cycle of this world begin?

W - = (E)

5. What year (V) did the phrase “Oh! Oh! Oreo!” come out?

V - = (F)

6. What year (U) was Tayasal, the last holdout capital of the Maya, captured?

U - = (I)



Remember to write down the Maya number symbols found in the log book, or on the lid, that is needed to determine the coordinates of the final cache of this series. After conversion, ten are labeled N and are each a four-digit number. Ten are labeled W and are each a three-digit number. The final cache of this series, A New Era, provides the final numbers and instructions how to add to the prior twenty to determine its coordinates.



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