The End Of The World Is 14% Nigh

According to a new survey one in seven people think the world will end within their lifetime. That explains why people's pensions savings are at an all time low.

Karen Gottfried was the person who questioned 16,262 people from 22 countries around the world, and around 14% of the people who answered thought we didn't have long left. I'm a pessimists and even I think they need to cheer up. I am the kind of person who thinks the glass is half empty but the way I see it, that means I'm focused on the top half of the glass. I aim higher.

Karen said: "Perhaps it is because of the media attention coming from one interpretation of the Mayan prophecy that states the world 'ends' in our calendar year 2012."

The Mayan prophecy is because the Mayan calendar actually runs out in 2012, but it's OK. The last entry in that calendar says, "Remember to buy new calendar."

Russia had the largest percentage of people expecting the worst, with the lowest coming from Great Britain. Wow. That's odd. Normally we Brits can be miserable. Maybe we still are, and when the survey asked, "Do you think the world will end in your lifetime?" we said, "No. It'll end just after. All that waiting and I'll just miss it. Typical."

Karen said: "Whether they think it will come to an end through the hands of God, or a natural disaster or a political event, whatever the reason, one in seven thinks the end of the world is coming."

In some ways, the one in seven who think we're all doomed are the lucky ones. For the rest of us six out of seven, we think the Earth will keep going and if we get proved wrong we all die. But if the one in seven get proved wrong they'll just say, "Oh well. I'll cheer up. It's not the end of the world."

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