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Dec. 21, 2012: Apocalypse or Another Regular Day?

That's the day the Mayan long-count calendar ends. What does it mean for us?

The end is near.

Or is it?

If you believe in the alleged Mayan prophecies, the world is set to end in just seven days. Yes, Seven Days! Better wipe out that savings account and do all the living you can before it all ends!

Think that sounds crazy? Just do a search on Google or Yahoo for "Mayan Apocalypse." Pages and pages of results, all surrounding what's going to happen on Dec. 21, 2012 when the Mayan calendar ends. Galactic alignment? Magnetic pole reversal on Earth? Catastrophic solar storms?

Even NASA has weighed in, offering a question-and-answer format on their website about why the world isn't going to end on Dec. 21.

"The world will not end in 2012," NASA officials say on the site. "Credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012."

Here's what NASA has to say about the Mayan calendar ending on Dec. 21:

"Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then—just as your calendar begins again on January 1—another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar."

That hasn't stopped some people from panicking.

The Huffington Post reports that a Chinese man built an ark, a la Noah's Ark, to prepare for the Mayan apocalypse. According to the Huffington Post, the man used his entire life savings to build the ark.

Some people are just having fun with it.

The Adler Planetarium selected a "Starmaggedon" theme for its monthly Adler After Dark event, slated for Dec. 20. There will be an apocalypse-themed panel discussion and even specialty drinks (like Nibiru's Smash).

A blogger from The Washington Post put together a list of "12 things to do before the Mayan Apocalypse." Among her suggestions: advertise your apocalypse readiness on a bumper sticker or T-shirt, "Quit your job, and don’t be shy about stating the reason," and "Stop bathing."

If the world were going to end, how would you want to live the final days of your life? Tell us in the comment section.

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Abi December 14, 2012 at 01:19 PM
In my point of view Total world would not come 2 end.. Any one portion of the world will greatly affects by natural faults..like tsunami, cyclones. JESUS LIVES.
MARIGOLD December 14, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I know what the Bible Teaches, and thats not it. Mathew Chapter 24, read all...Only God know
Scott Wardle December 17, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Its not just end of the world,its the the end of the great cycle of that long count calendar and then starts another new calendar with another new cycle but if the world ends December 21 2012 cataclysm does happen well be watching out for it but we should be fine other than like a man made doomsday creating a world war 3 in the near future but we must prepare for the future so you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide! In the last days there will the earth eventually come to an end but not until God wants it to end and indeed there will be great terrible events happening eventually but nobody knows when it's going to happen but God himself does know but until we see these events unfold were going to need to get prepared and watch out for what comes at us because when you see the news and you see the bible its go hand in hand together! prophecy is happening in the last days! It just keeps getting worse before it will get better in the world and some events are expected to be worsen until the savior returns in his mighty power to reign on earth as king of kings at that great last day of judgment day after the antichrist is defeated at the battle of armegeddon!

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