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End of Days? Throw a 12-21-12 Party

The Mayan calendar ends on Winter Solstice, but scientists say Earth has some years left in her.

There are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012. That's when a 5,125-year period known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close.

Dec. 21, 2012, essentially is the end of a cycle, like when you change the calendar in your kitchen on Jan. 1. But for those who take the most dramatic interpretation of the day, it has spurred fears of apocalypse, solar storms, meteors, polar realignments, UFOs and other doomsday predictions.

While conspiracy theorists are stocking up on supplies and survival gear and true believers are panicking, most will recognize that the day is Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year.

And some have found a way embrace the day and whatever it may bring by throwing an End of the World Party.

The website Doomsday Party 2012 is advocating for a worldwide celebration extravaganza in case Dec. 21 really is the End of Days. Among the advice on the website: only invite people to your apocalyptic event who can help you fight off rioters and zombies. Good soundtrack options include R.E.M.'s "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)", Europe's "The Final Countdown", and Bad Religion's "Los Angeles Is Burning".

Cruise ships are destined for the Yucatan Peninsula, the Mayan region of Mexico. There, the Museo Maya de Cancun opened earlier this year and the Mexican government declared it Mundo Maya 2012, which melds education about the culture and tourism.

Of course, not everyone is ready to party. In Russia, the women incarcerated at a prison near the Chinese border grew so hysterical with fear that the nation's minister of emergency situations issued a statement reassuring the country that the world wasn't ending. There's even a live countdown until the appointed hour, 12-21-12 at 11:11 UTC—which is 8 hours ahead of West Coast time.

NASA published scientific explanations to diffuse the Mayan Calendar theory and other possible causes End of Days. For example, scientists say giant solar storms are not a threat. Solar activity has a regular cycle, with peaks approximately every 11 years, according to NASA.

What are your thoughts on 12-21-12? Do you have survival gear ready? Or are you planning an apocalyptic End of the World party? Tell us in comments.

Mike Donegan December 19, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Winter Solstice is a fine time to throw a party...very Neolithic
ikedaddy December 19, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I wonder how many people are going to go bankrupt like when that guy said he broke the bible code for the world ending !! Lol we some dumb humans!! How many Y2k's we gonna go through before we realize scientist theory's are just stupid thoughts!
jrod December 19, 2012 at 04:35 AM
"We some dumb humans" - agreed
Mike Donegan December 19, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Well these people who are predicting "The End" are not scientist.
Alan Slater December 19, 2012 at 03:45 PM
If its the end then im ready for the good lord to take me home.
Robert Corona December 19, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Judging by what is happening here and around the world.. Its probably a good time to go anyway!
Ray Russell December 19, 2012 at 06:51 PM
The only thing ending is a Mayan calendar that the average person can't read anyway. Big deal! Just another excuse to party down dudes.
ikedaddy December 19, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Scientist- a person with advanced knowledge! The mayans were the scientist for that time MIKE DONE! when you think of scientist you think of guys in white suits or something?
Let it troll, let it troll, let it troll.... December 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM
The sky is falling, the sky is falling..l.

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