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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.

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James Nelson December 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I've been invited to three different End of the World Parties , one of which begins at 11:00 PM Tonight. I've known all along that the World wouldn't end, yet Millions of Morons who Cite Youtube Videos as Gospel said otherwise. I guess we'll soon find out, won't we? There's going to be a lot of Ridiculed people out there! I personally like TMZ's take on this Event, it about sums it up perfectly! http://www.tmz.com/2012/12/20/end-of-the-world-december-21-mayan-temple-el-castillo-kukulkan/
Biff Tannon December 21, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I'm hitting the clubs to see if any women want to go out with a bang
Alex December 21, 2012 at 02:20 PM
WOW! I am alive and my love ones are around me. Of course I talk about being alive everyday, especially when you get to my age.

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