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Many prepare for doomsday

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Friday, December 21 is the end of the Maya calendar. Doomsday believers are preparing around the world--including right here in Austin.

At the Army & Navy Store in North Austin the essentials for survival are disappearing off the shelves.

"A lot of people are buying canteens for water which is essential for any emergency," said employee Nancy Rivera pointing to the items. "Rope is always good."

Other hot sellers include military ready meals, water purification tablets and gas masks.

"A lot of the people are regulars. They just want to make sure they have enough of everything and a lot of newcomers, they're barely getting started. They want an emergency bag. They call them bug out bags," Rivera said.

All this preparation may have to do with the end of the Maya calendar. It's this Friday, December 21, 2012.

So far employee Nancy Rivera isn't buying into the hype.

"It's kind of like better to be safe and sorry, but at the same time I'm not freaked out," Rivera said.

Others who FOX 7 spoke to felt the same.

"The Mayan Y2K, no I'm not going to buy water and canned goods. It's a hoax," said Jay Bernal.

"I've heard about it. I don't think about those negative thoughts in my mind," said Larry Waters.

But there are many who sense impending doom. End of the world clocks tick on websites. On december212012.com there is a video warning of an "electromagnetic hurricane that pounds us with tsunamis over and over and over."

Dr. David Stuart, director of The Mesoamerica Center at UT calls the theory complete nonsense in his book, The Order of Days: The Maya World and the Truth about 2012.

Stuart told WAMC Public Radio that the Maya calendar actually goes on for trillions of years.

Local businesses are having fun with this.

J Blacks on West 6th Street will host an end of days party Thursday--just in case.

El Arroyo's sign reads, "Mayans eat free after Friday."

Video game creator and adventurer Richard Garriott de Cayeux is hosting an End of the World Soiree Friday night.

Guests will be led through interactive scenes of various calamities that people have predicted will befall the earth.

"Though the world may not it, it may come close," Garriott de Cayeux said.

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