Lynchburg Locals React to 'End of the World' Prediction

Lynchburg, VA - We've all heard about the "coming doomsday" on December 21, which is the end of the Mayan calendar. While some are taking it very seriously, we found that most folks are having some fun with the idea.

The "end of the world" has become a popular marketing tool.

The Lynchburg Humane Society has a Facebook post that asks, "Do you have a friend for the end of the world?" A nearby car dealership is offering some pretty good deals as well, using the end of the world as a marketing tactic.

"Some have predicted that the world will end in December, and if that happens, no payments forever!" said the commercial announcer.

Could the end of the world truly be upon us? Lynchburg residents are divided.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Sushanne Sinclair.

"Personally, I did believe in it for the past year," said Randy Neice.

Neice thought it was true. He'd studied it quite a bit.

"There's supposed to be like asteroids hitting the world, and there was supposed to be this planet X that was supposed to be crashing in, but they don't see anything so I don't think it's really going to end," said Neice.

But out of all the apocalypse predictions, who's to say this will be the one? Harold Camping predicted the world would end May 2, 2011.

"Back in 2000, the Y2K virus was going to destroy everything and send us back to the stone age right?" said Michael Robinson, associate professor of communication studies at Lynchburg College.

Robinson teaches film theory at Lynchburg College.

"Since the Mayan calendar was about to run out, I thought, 'Well, if the world's going to end, we might as well study the end of the world," he said.

This past semester, his class watched his collection of doomsday movies.

"We've got some evil devil children," said Robinson.

Robinson doesn't expect the end of days is drawing near, but in case it is, he says, "Better kiss the kids, give the wife a hug and tell everyone you love them."

Robinson says, from his understanding, the Mayans didn't necessarily dub Friday as the end of the world. They simply stopped marking the calendar.

But, apparently they were really good at math so that's why people seem to care about their numbers.