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Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- Some people believe it will be the end of the world as we know it on Friday, December 21st, thanks to the Mayan calendar.
Jim Hunter, a U of L Religious Studies Professor says, "You get into the solstice situation, it just so happens the 21st usually is the shortest day with the longest night in certain parts of the world, it's clear around that time one of the Mayan calendars closed out." He says some believe that means it's time for a new epic, a new era.
When the movie "2012" came out in 2009, Hunter says his students started asking questions about the calendar. This year, he says students started asking questions again.
Hunter doesn't believe the world will end, and also says the Mayan calendar didn't account for leap years. He says, "I think it's clear that the Mayans as all people came up with a way to measure time and had different methodologies. They had short and long calendars. There is even some question if December 21st on our calendar was the actual end of their long calendar." There is no word on what time the Mayans predicted the end would happen.
Some businesses are even having "End of the World" parties on Friday. Parker Bowles is part of "Damaged Goods," an improv comedy group that is hosting a party and show at The Bard's Town Theatre in the Highlands. It starts at 10 p.m. and costs $5 at the door.
Bowles says, "If the world is going to end, why not go out with a bang and go out laughing, and that's what our show is all about making sure everyone has a good time."
While people are having fun with shows and parties, some say there is a lesson that could be learned from all of this.
Hunter says, "It'd be stunning to me to think you'd be living with the notion that today is the last day of the rest of your life or anybody's life. Having said that, there are a lot of great teachers who say we all should have a little bit of that when we are leaving and remember to treat each other in a nice fashion."