End of Mayan calendar spurs big boom in end-of-world business

And now, we are bombarded by predictions of a disaster associated with what many say is the end of the Maya calendar. But did the Maya actually predict that the world as we know it will be destroyed by some unknown cataclysm on Dec. 21, 2012?

If some interpretations of the Mayan calendar are correct, we'll all be gone next year.

Even assuming that the Mayan calendar got it wrong, and the planet will not end in cataclysm — 2012 still figures to be a tough year. We're going to live t.

By Dave Golowenski If 2011 turns out to be the last full year of human existence, as some say the Mayan calendar predicts, can it be said that enough was made of this last complete trip around the sun? Most Mayans probably are beyond caring about

Call it Apocalypse Cash Cow: The endless stream of books, DVDs, merchandise and even smartphone apps tied to the day when the Mayan calendar ends — and, as a slew of authors say, so will the world as we know it. “It's an amazing cottage industry