Apocalypse 2012

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    "Gold has been a useful store of value for 6,500 years,” says one observer of the gold bug crowd. “Uncertainty causes people to see stable value, and gold provides that confidence.”

  • The 2012-ers have pulled together archaeology, New Age spirituality, UFO stories about extraterrestrial, and left-field understandings about science to produce a prophecy that something Really Big will happen on December 21, 2012. Read our FAQ — everything you need to know about Apocalypse 2012.

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    Talk about the world coming to an end on 12/21/12 raises a question that some say could be the very reason for the globe's demise: Is there a way to make a profit from all this doomsday scenario?

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    Some  believe Dec. 21, 2012 — 12/21/2012 — will see a cataclysmic set of events that mark either the end or rebirth of the world.

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    Is there such a thing as Financial Armageddon? And if so, what is it? We asked some of CNBC.com's bloggers and editors to answer the question: What's your definition of financial Armageddon?

  • Is there such a thing as financial Armageddon? And if so, what is it?

  • No one is sure if the world will really end, at least not next year. Presumably at some point, though, it will. How do you think it will happen?

  • Many residents in earthquake-prone Los Angeles already have some supplies set aside in case of disaster, but the Japanese quake and tsunami have spurred many to replenish those supplies and add new ones.

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    How much do you know about the financial doomsdays of the past? Take our quiz and find out.

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    Even the most intellectually gifted prognosticators did not foresee key forces that would cause paradigm shifts in society.

  • December 21, 2012 -- the end date in the ancient Mayan calendar. Will it bring the Apocalypse? See some of the most notorious prophets and doomsday groups in history.

  • Participants in a movement that is proselytizing that the world will end this May 21, Judgment Day, gather on a street corner on May 13, 2011 in New York City. The Christian based movement, which claims thousands of supporters around the country and world.

    Where were you on the day the world didn't end? Did you, like many thousands of others, turn to a social network and confess to the world something you had kept hidden? Did you laugh it off and make jokes about not having to go to work Monday?

  • The Mayan region in Mexico officially launched the apocalypse countdown, believing that December 21, 2012 is the bring the end of the world as we know it.

  • Julie Baker walks the streets proselytizing with other believers that the world will end this May 21, Judgment Day in New York City. The Christian based movement, which claims thousands of supporters around the country and world, was founded by the Oakland, Calif.-based Harold Camping.

    Talk about defending the brand: Christian writers are coming down on end of the world predicter Harold Camping with the fervor of Disney lawyers quashing a Mickey Mouse painting at a daycare center.

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    Whether or not the world ends in 2012, one thing is clear: Few of us are prepared for even the slightest apocalypt-y scenario. Luckily, the Internet is loaded with advice, covering everything from dogs to idiots and your Apocalypse Go Kit. Here are some of the best tips for the apocalypse.

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    Want to buy a nuke-proof underground bunker? There are many for sale online, including this one on eBay. Meet the seller and learn more about this decommissioned Atlas F missile silo.