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"According to countless prophecies, terrorizing people across the world, this will be my last contribution to 13.7. On Friday, December 21, the world will come to an end. I have been receiving dozens of concerned email messages from otherwise reasonable people, convinced that this time it is for real, that there is no escape.

Readers, you may relax. I can guarantee you that Friday, December 21, will be just another winter solstice in the northern hemisphere.The shortest day of the year will be harmless. Come Saturday morning, you will be calmly drinking your coffee, a large smile on your face, convinced that, indeed, these end-of-world prophecies are complete nonsense. Everything will be quickly forgotten, and life will go back to normal, Christmas celebrations and all.

Until the next doomsday prophecy, that is."
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I predict it will be a gorgeous Winter Solstice day.
I think what is ready distressing is the people I know who really want it to be the end. 
"otherwise reasonable people" don't believe this crap, but I've heared of a lot of children that are really scared, and of course psycholgically instable people...sadly.
+Barbara Muerdter We will just have to keep reassuring those who are fearful that a NASA astrophysicist is saying nothing will happen.
Not only NASA astrophysics, it was just in the head of some conspiracy theorists and people who thought they may make money with it all the time...
That's awful that scammers would do that! I am surprised I haven't heard about anyone suing that guy for making money off the Rapture last year.
This doomsday I just had to adopt my actual stance - which is, of course, that it's all bullshit. Last doomsday I got to pull the proverbial tail of the christian doomsayers by announcing, "I hope you're all right, because Jesus is the forgiving sort - he and I will be smokin' some bud, drinkin' some brew, and partying in the kingdom of heaven. See you there."

That was pretty fun.
The world wasn't coming to an end until you jinxed it just now.
+David Eason - Well, if I jinxed it, maybe the Mayan deities will be cool? Maybe they've got some really good herb, bitchin' tunes, and they believe in partying like it's the last day  of existence for all eternity?
Well hopefully I'll be calming sipping my coffee, if all the zealots don't ransack the grocery stores and steal all the coffay!
+NE'CE SLATER, I already met my maker(s). My mom lives in Mississippi and my dad lives in Oregon. I'm fine with both. :-) My brother, however, is an ass!

Seriously, though; this whole end of the world thing is like expecting your car to suddenly explode when the odometer rolls over from 999999 to 000000. 
I think this whole end of the world drama is funny.  Can anybody tell me anything else about the Mayans besides that their calendar ends on Friday?
yep,, they ran out of rock paper.
The Maya is a Mesoamerican civilization, noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, as well as for its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems. Initially established during the Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to AD 250), according to the Mesoamerican chronology, many Maya cities reached their highest state of development during the Classic period (c. AD 250 to 900), and continued throughout the Post-Classic period until the arrival of the Spanish.
The Maya civilization shares many features with other Mesoamerican civilizations due to the high degree of interaction and cultural diffusion that characterized the region. Advances such as writing, epigraphy, and the calendar did not originate with the Maya; however, their civilization fully developed them. Maya influence can be detected from Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and western El Salvador to as far away as central Mexico, more than 1,000 km (620 mi) from the Maya area. Many outside influences are found in Maya art and architecture, which are thought to result from trade and cultural exchange rather than direct external conquest.
The Maya peoples never disappeared, neither at the time of the Classic period decline nor with the arrival of the Spanish conquistadores and the subsequent Spanish colonization of the Americas. Today, the Maya and their descendants form sizable populations throughout the Maya area and maintain a distinctive set of traditions and beliefs that are the result of the merger of pre-Columbian and post-Conquest ideas and cultures. Millions of people speak Mayan languages today; the Rabinal Achí, a play written in the Achi language, was declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005. ;)
+Corey Schmidt I can't say much about it other than they didn't use a Gregorian calendar :D and that their world as they knew it in their times finish way back hundreds of years, probably because of politics+corruption, like any other civilization.
Does anyone actually believe this?  I mean, really, truly believe it?  I know a lot of people post tongue-in-cheek posts about it, but even the most paranoid, gullible, astrology-believing people I know think this is total bunk.
Like werewolves, zombies, vampires, etc. Just for the fun of a fright.
it's like the lottery, sure there's little to no chance but someone will win eventually.
As entropy advances and the expansion of the universe continues we will eventually end up with a set of dark, vastly separated, lonely clumps of matter. That is the true end. So in the meantime; love, enjoy, celebrate, create, live, and did I mention love.
What time zone is that calendar in?
I read a MAD magazine article about the whole thing. It says the world will definitely end on Friday. Right in the middle of Holiday rush hour traffic.
too bad, was kind of hoping for an exciting Friday
DON'T PANIC. On a separate note... Has anyone seen my towel? 42.
Well it was going to be a normal day but now that he jinxed it. 
+SAUNDRA ONEAL just because someone has a different opinion than yours doesn't make them idiots, and thinking otherwise would in fact make you unwise.
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