How would you spend your last day? (Video)
Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:20 a.m.
Updated Dec. 21, 2012 at 6:21 a.m.
Crossroads residents talk about End of the World
Crossroads residents talk about what they would do if they knew Dec. 21, 2012 was their last day on Earth.
DOWNTOWN BAR AND GRILL END OF THE WORLD CELEBRATION
• WHAT: Featuring Stout City Luchadores as the Smiths, Jay Satellite as the Cure, and DJ John OCanas spinning 80s music.Special birthday show for Don Avlo, Miss Brea and Slu. Part of the proceeds benefiting The Freakouts.
• WHEN: 10 p.m. Friday
• WHERE: Downtown Bar and Grill, 6220 N. Navarro St.
• COST: $5 for 21 and up, $10 for minors
What would you do if you knew the world was going to end Friday?
"I would have to go to do something I've never done before and spend the last moments with my family."
Chris Schneider, Victoria
"I would go skydiving. That's definitely on my bucket list."
Kelly Carmona, Victoria
"I would just tell everyone how I feel. What's on your mind. It's going to be the last day ever."
Melissa Escalante, Victoria
"I would want to touch the top of the world. I like it when it gets windy on my hands. I want to be able to walk on the roof."
Jillian Robins, Victoria
"The last thing I would want to do is to get an autograph from my favorite singer, Bill from Tokyo Hotel. My heart just says for me to do it."
Jessica Robins, Victoria
There is no telling what the world will wake up to Saturday, the day after the world is expected to end, but chances are - we'll still be here when Dec. 22 rolls in.
Reports of people worldwide liquidating their savings and creating bunkers in response to the 12/21/12 prophecy - the date the Mayan calendar is set to end - is true, but definitely the minority, said Keith Akins, an anthropologist and assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston Sugar Land.
"It's human nature to try and figure it out," Akins said. "Even though the Bible says we won't know."
There are three main proponents to the apocalypse survival mentality, Akins said.
Some people in his generation, who experienced the duck-and-cover drills of the Cold War, almost expect the world to end, he said.
The other two are religious fanatics who try to predict some cataclysmic end or the return of Jesus Christ and people who aren't necessarily successful in life and are interested in the odd.
"From my observations, almost no one expects the world to end. Those who believe it, really believe it," Akins said. "There is not a whole lot of middle ground there."
Christopher Guel, 23, of Houston, was at the Victoria Mall living as though the world were never going to end.
For him, the idea of basing the end of the world on the end of an ancient calendar is silly.
"I don't believe in it. It's just crazy," he said. "I tell people the Mayans just ran out of rocks."
The majority of people are like Guel, Akins said.
Also, this isn't the first time man has predicted the end of times. When the predictions don't come true, the reality does not hit those end of world proponents, instead they write it off as a mathematical error.
"We won't see the end of the world coming," he said. "It will be billions of years from now."