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Prepping for Doomsday

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While most of us prep for Christmas next week, there are some saying why bother. That's because they believe the world's ending Friday. Know why? Our Megan Cruz went in search for answers.

LATHAM, N.Y. -- December 21, 2012: some say it's the day the world will cease to exist.

In movies, dramatic music marks the minutes before a planet collides into the Earth or natural disasters wipe us out.

But here in Latham, country music keeps time as people prepare for the big day.

"I'm buying a present for my brother," said Mike Carmel from Scotia.

You heard him: he's Christmas shopping, because like many other shoppers here at Mohawk Army Navy, they think Friday isn't Doomsday.

"I don't buy it, "said Donald Fawthrop from Clifton Park. "Man's not smart enough to have a crystal ball like that to determine when the world is going to end."

"I think it's just something to occupy people's minds, right? Take it off the doldrums of every day life. I don't know," said Carmel. "All I know is I got six days left to shop."

Believers say the proof is out there - that the Mayans predicted this ages ago, therefore ending their 5,125-year calendar Friday.

That's why some have stopped by the store to stock up on emergency supplies.

"Maybe last Friday there were about two more rows of MREs stacked probably about this high," said Karisa Tollman, who works at Mohawk Army Navy in Latham.

Some other popular items for preppers: glow sticks, water filters, cots, and fuel tablets. Tollman said, "I rang out someone for 150 of those tablets!"

Problem is experts in Mayan culture say it's all for not.

"Go to your bunkers and then come out the next day," said Jim Harrison. He chairs the History Department at Siena College.

He says the Doomsday prediction is a misinterpretation of the Maya calendar.

"No prediction other than it would be a celebration, a New Year's celebration, like in our own society when you celebrate going into a new period," said Harrison. "It's like going from 1999 to 2000."

So skeptics say it'll be business as usual for them Friday. Not just because they don't believe. Carmel said, "I don't know there's too much I could prepare for an asteroid colliding into me."

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