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Is the end of the world coming Dec. 21? Unlikely, but what if ...

If you're way behind on your holiday shopping, relax. Stressed about reservations for dinner on New Year's Eve? Mark that off your worry list.

Something much, much more pressing is just days away.

The end of the 5125-year-old "Long Count" Mayan calendar is Dec. 21. And you know what that means: death, apocalypse, doom, world destruction.

The world as we know it is coming to an end.

Or most likely, not.

Most scientists have debunked the theory about the Mayans predicting the demise of humanity. But even the U.S. government felt compelled to post a blog on its official website earlier this month, stating: "False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time. Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won't), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no), and many others.

"The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012."

So there you have it, the official word.

Still ... What if?

What if you knew the world was going to end? What would you miss the most?

We were intrigued enough to take to the streets of Ybor City, where we asked the question to a wide array of people. Their answers ranged from "Happy Meals" to "Evan Longoria" to "Cigar City Beer" to "sunrises." The video that resulted is endearing, funny and poignant.

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We'll run the best responses we get in Sunday's Perspective section.

Is the end of the world coming Dec. 21? Unlikely, but what if ... 12/11/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:04pm]
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