Reuters reported that 15 percent of people worldwide believe the world will end during their lifetime and 10 percent think that the end-date of the Mayan calendar will signal a planetary cataclysm on 12-21-12 according to a poll of over 16,000 people in China, Turkey, Russia, Mexico, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Argentina, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, France, Spain, Belgium, Canada, Australia, Italy, South Africa, Great Britain, Indonesia, and Germany.
While many westerners are influenced by the end date of the Mayan calendar, other pro-apocalyptical respondents are leaning toward the Hand of God, asteroids, or natural disaster. Russians and Poles were the most positive about Doomsday.
My old co-worker Ava called me this afternoon and asked if I wanted a job.
"Why not?" Ava was a born-again Christian.
"Because the world is coming to an end and I'm not going to waste my time at work."
"You don't really believe that?" She was very familiar with my non-belief in God.
"No, but it's a good excuse." I took the number from her, because if the world doesn't end on December 21, 2012, I'm fucked.