The world is scheduled to end this Friday. Do you really believe the world will end? I don't, and here's why.

Remember Y2K? It was the computer glitch that was supposed to bring about the apocalypse in 1999 when computer systems world-wide glitched as they tried to roll over to the new millennium. It didn't happen.

More recently Reverend Harold Camping predicted the world would end in May of 2011, but later rescheduled the apocalypse for October 2011. Both dates came and went without incident.

Now conspiracy theorists are pointing to the Mayan Calendar as the harbinger of our doom. December 21st, 2012 is regarded as the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar. Various astronomical alignments and numerological formulas have been proposed pertaining to this date, though none have been accepted by mainstream scholarship.

Doomsdays have come and gone, and we're still standing. For as long as people have been around, there have been those predicting the end of days but I don't think a 5,000 year old calendar is going to be the end of us.

Don't get me wrong. I don't think the human race is invincible. We will most likely be the cause of our own demise someday, or we could fall victim to the same fate as the dinosaurs: mass global extinction. We know these extinctions happen, and have possibly occurred up to six times in our planet's history.

But do I think the world is ending Friday? No, it's not. I think it's a pretty safe bet to make vacation plans in 2013.

This might be all the time we have left in the world:

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