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COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śItâ€™s the end of the world as we know it,â€ś so sang the 1980s rock band R.E.M. Ask one out of 10 Americans and they would agree â€” the world is going to end when the Mayan calendar reads Friday, 12/21/12.
There is a fear of the worldâ€™s end tomorrow. Some believe that polar shifts will happen causing tsunamis and earthquakes. Some think a rogue planet will collide with Earth.
In a report filed with the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe many of the claimed fates waiting the world are debunked with practical evidence.
A newspaper reported thrill seekers, partyers and folks seeking spiritual experiences pouring into the YucatĂˇn Peninsula. The Mayan people there appear to be greeting the event serenely, with a sense of humor and bemusement.
Retailers are cashing in on the doomsday fear with survival gear and supplies becoming a hot-selling item, according to market reports.
â€śIn check-out lines, there are two kinds of people â€“ those that are buying Christmas presents planning on the worldâ€™s survival and those stocking up on canned goods and batteries planning on the worldâ€™s end,â€ť said retail merchants to area media.
The revenue source is a big one â€“ into the millions of dollars. When the world faced the Y2K scare, the total cost of the work done in preparation was estimated at more than $300 billion worldwide â€” today that would equate to more than $400 billion.
Analyst reported the U.S. alone spent an estimated $134 billion preparing for Y2K, and another $13 billion fixing problems in 2000 and 2001.
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