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Internet users around the world are getting excited about what will happen today, Friday, December 21, 2012 - a date supposedly prophesied as when the world will end by an ancient civilisation.

Norwich pubs ready to party

Two Norwich pubs are holding ‘end of the world’ parties tonight.

The Rose, in Queens Road and The Ketts Tavern, in St James’ Hill, will both be creating ‘apocalyptic’ atmospheres to coincide with the predicted Mayan disaster.

Dawn Hopkins, landlady of the two pubs said: “We’re calling it ‘A party like there’s no tomorrow’. We’re going to put on some rock songs, and there will be a couple of disaster sound effects throughout the night as well.

“It’s just a bit of fun really. If I did believe, I wouldn’t have spent so much money on Christmas presents this year!”

But if the world is ending Mrs Hopkins, 43, would prefer a quiet night in, saying: “I would probably just spend the time with my family – my husband and my kids. We’d cuddle up on the sofa and put something we loved on TV.”

The Ancient Mayan prediction has picked up momentum in recent years, despite little concrete proof of the prediction or modern believers in the prophecy making the claim.

The claims come from the ‘Long Count’ cycle of the Mayan calendar, which began in 3114 BC and is due to end on 21/12/12.

This will be the 13th ‘Bak’tun’ period ending - an amount of 13 times 144,000 days - since the ‘era day’, which is when the world was created in Classic Maya mythology.

It is far from the first prophecy of the world ending on a certain date, including the turn of the new millennium on New Year’s Eve 1999.

However, it is one of the most well-known dates. In 2009 there was even a Hollywood blockbuster disaster film starring John Cussack and Thandie Newton entitled 2012.

Very few people are actually worried about the world ending today but the prospect has become something of an internet sensation, with many jokes and conversations filling social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

So we asked fans of the Norwich Evening News Facebook page what they would do if they knew the world was about to end, and there were some interesting responses.

There were some nice responses, such as Maureen Tunmore, who said: Tell family I love them like I do every day.”

Or Neil Bowers, who wrote: “Get drunk...In all seriousness hug my wife and kids and tell them I loved them and I’ve been incredibly lucky.

Others remained practical with their choice, including Shazza Chettleburgh, who said: “Eat lots of chocolate cake and not worry about getting fat!”

Or Sarah Box, who wrote: “See the final episode of (Channel 4 drama) Homeland.”

Rita Adamson joked: “Can I think about it and let you know on Saturday?”

But Paul Mee is ahead of the game and has found a simple solution to surviving the apocalypse, saying: “Build a spaceship.”

- To follow all the latest tweets and jokes throughout 21/12/2012, and to find out if we have all survived the impending doom, make sure to follow our live blog at http://storify.com/davefreezer2/is-this-the-end-of-the-world

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