Believers say the Mayan calendar predicts that the world will end on Friday, Dec. 21.
But people in our Public Insight Network of news sources don't take that prediction too seriously, with some poking fun at the idea that the apocalypse is nigh. Here's a sampling of their responses.
Do you believe the Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world this Friday?
"No! In the words of a wise anonymous quote I recently saw, the Mayan 'end of the world' is simply the New Age version of the Rapture! And I don't believe in that, either!" —Rev. Shekinah Samaya, Oakland
How, if at all, are you planning to prepare?
"I will be busy delivering huge bows to decorate cars and buildings for the holidays. If the world does end, at least I'll wrap it up with a King Size Bow." —Lynda King, Costa Mesa
"Martin Luther said if he knew the world was ending tomorrow, he'd plant a tree today. Guess I better get my shovel ready." —Kim Krogstad, Redlands
"I'm stocking up on Twinkies. What, with the End of the World and all, I should be able to get them for a steal." —Norm Benson, Lower Lake
"I was planning to see 'The Hobbit.'" —Michael Kinsley, Oakland
What's important for you do or accomplish (whether the world ends or not)?
"I suppose actually seeing 'The Hobbit.'" —Michael Kinsley, Oakland
"Leave the world a better place than I found it. I'm betting it'll still be here even after I'm gone." —Michael Holland, Altadena
"Get the last of my Christmas gifts shipped back home to my family." —Katie Lohrenz, Tehachapi
If you believe the world will end — Friday or in the future — what term do you use to describe yourself?
"I guarantee the world will not end Friday." —Dale Jensen, Lawndale
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