"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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