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Doomsday prediction spurs Mayan-related spending surge

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board Published: November 28, 2012

A dozen years have passed since the doomsday scenario of Y2K turned out to be, in Shakespeare's words, a “tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

Not that it was idiotic to prepare for the change of calendar to a new millennium, but the predicted meltdown never happened. Billions of dollars were spent, much of it by people who stocked up on survival food, weapons, generators, etc. In other words, future garage sale fodder.

The latest doomsday scenario also offers opportunities for sales. It's the end of the world as supposedly predicted by the Mayan calendar, to take place on Dec. 21. One travel agency is promoting a doomsday tour with the tagline of “party like it's the end of the world!”

If the prediction turns out wrong, the agency says, “hey, the worst thing that has happened is we have spent a delightfully decadent week in Mexico!” Naturally, the price is $1221.12, which covers round-trip flights from the agency's Wisconsin base, seven nights of lodging and most meals.

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by The Oklahoman Editorial Board
The Oklahoman Editorial Board consists of Gary Pierson, President and CEO of The Oklahoma Publishing Company; Christopher P. Reen, president and publisher of The Oklahoman; Kelly Dyer Fry, editor and vice president of news; Christy Gaylord...
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