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Doomsday (noun): The name given to various scenarios for the world’s end, often associated with religious beliefs, astrological phenomena and natural disasters.
Similar ideas: Apocalypse, Armageddon, Rapture, End of days, turning 40, Christmas, Marriage.
Doomsdays in the news
According to the Mayans, the world will end Friday, December 21st, 2012, just in time for the holidays.
Previous ends of the world occurred in 1799, 1878, 1943, 2000 and 2011.
A doomsday device is a weapon that could hypothetically end life on earth, such as a hydrogen bomb or gay marriage.
Classic signs of the apocalypse include war, famine, legalized marijuana and black presidents.
Preparing for the Apocalypse
Throw an End of the world party and literally dance like there’s no tomorrow.
Post a final drunk status on Facebook. Suggestion: “About to die, lol.”
Do nothing. It’s what you’re doing anyway.