A new survey reveals that one in seven people believe that the world will end this year, in accordance with the Mayan calendar. Thank goodness, some say.
While many may not really enjoy the sound of doomsday and the world's end, many others appear to be slightly relieved, even hopeful that the time has come. Avoiding taxes, not having to pay off an insurmountable amount of debt, the chance of a happier humanity? Those are just a few things that some hopefuls are looking forward to if the world actually does meet its demise.
Could the world ending be a good thing?
"It's not so much as I believe it. It's that I kind of wish it would happen," EvilChihuahua wrote on the Huffington Post blog. "Wipe this scourge called the human race off of the Etch-A-Sketch, and try again over the next billion years. Maybe the next crop will have the good sense to find that money and power isn't everything."
"Can I FINALLY stop paying my mortgage????" AngryKitteh asked. "And all those credit cards too!" DevonTexas added in response.
So just how many people actually believe that this year will be their last? A surprising 10 percent, according to a poll conducted by Reuters. 15 percent believe the world will end in their lifetime.
"Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming," Keren Gottfried, research manager at Ipsos Global Public Affairs which conducted the poll for Reuters, said.
However what 10 percent of the world believes doesn't matter too much to some people.
"If Americans would believe less and think more; just think, of how much more progress we would make as a nation," Hillbilly49 added.
"The sheer scope of stupid things 10% of the population believe [sic] in would make you choke on your coffee," Taylor123 wrote.
What else does the world believe in? If a large number of the world's population believe the world will end, an even greater number of Americans have suggested that we may just live to see the new world after all, but perhaps in a more spiritual sense.
"Nearly half of Americans say they believe in ghosts, or that the dead can return in certain places and situations," a 2009 CBS survey revealed.