The Mayan calendar ends a 5,126-year cycle on Dec. 21, 2012. That might not mean a thing. Or it could signal the end of the world. There's a lot of leeway here.
For the sake of this story, let's assume that this is it. Those know-it-all Mayans had it figured out, and humanity will reach its expiration date this coming Dec. 21.
What is a person to do?
You could hide under the bed, but then you'd never see how the grand finale plays out. You might go to a favorite restaurant, but if your server is having a bad day and service is slow, you could be stuck fiddling with breadsticks and waiting for your last meal when the end comes.
A better idea: Take a vacation. A dream vacation.
We asked several celebrities where they would spend their last day on Earth:
* Jewel, singer ("The Merry Goes 'Round"), actress and producer: "I don't want to go into the end-of-the-world part, but we'd probably go to the Bahamas. We like to go to the outer islands."
* Mareya Ibrahim, founder and CEO of Eat Cleaner and CEO at Grow Green Industries: "I would like to be diving off the coast of Belize. If the world comes crashing down, I'll already be swimming with the fishes."
* Kinky Friedman, humorist and musician (kinkyfriedman.com): "I'm a slots addict, so I'd like to be at the Flamingo casino in Las Vegas. Or I'd also like to be in the Waipio Valley on the big island (Hawaii). I haven't been there for 35 years. There's no electric down there. It's very primeval. Everything runs on generators. ... Just beautiful. And a third possibility, when the Lord honks my horn, I'd like to be aboard Willie Nelson's tour bus."
* Tinsel Korey, actress ("The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn"): "Well, if the world was going to end, I would fly myself to Bora Bora and be relaxing in one of those over-the-water bungalows. Wearing a fluffy robe, drenched in a lavender-eucalyptus lotion, eating a cupcake, while I smiled at a dolphin that would just happen to be swimming around near me. Got to go out in style, right?"
* Curt Menefee, sportscaster ("Fox NFL Sunday"): "I've been to 70 countries and all seven continents, and without question my spot would be the little 'town' of Cabo Polonio, Uruguay. It's a peninsula off the southeastern coast of the country that can't even be reached by car.
"You have to either walk or rely on the limited government trucks that take you across the final four miles of sand dunes from civilization to Cabo Polonio. The place has only 78 residents, no electricity, no running water. Yet it's paradise. On one side it's beautiful sand and one of the most picturesque half-moon beaches you can imagine.
"A 10-minute walk away -- past the lighthouse, wild horses, goats and other unfenced/unchained animals -- is the other side, which is composed entirely of cliffs, rocks and perfect locations to stare out into the ocean and watch it all fade away. Of course, since I wouldn't have to get up the next day, a nice bottle of wine -- and maybe even a shot of tequila -- wouldn't be a bad way to say adios to it all."
* Susan Graham, actress/comedian: "In the spirit of fun -- because, let's be honest, nothing is more fun than a prophecy for world destruction -- I plan to be vacationing in Roswell, N.M. I'm guessing there are a few people who may mix up their world-destruction tales and be waiting for extraterrestrial visitors to show up. I plan on being front and center for this free show.
"Nothing tickles my fancy more than the alien crowd -- lovers and haters, I'll take them all. And hey, on the off chance the Mayans were right, doesn't the desert just sound safer?"
* Kym Johnson, dancer ("Dancing With the Stars"): "If the world were ending, I would want to be in Sydney, Australia, my hometown. I couldn't think of anywhere better to be, with my friends and family at the beach!"
* Mil Millington, author (ebooks.mil-millington.com): "I suppose southern Italy might be good. If the world's due to end ... then Armageddon is still going to be incomplete in Naples by mid-June 2017; the only thing consumed by fire will be the house of anyone who asks what's causing the delay. Or (I might be) at home with someone else's family. (Seeing) those you care about dying is truly, truly awful, right? So why increase the terribleness for everyone by dying in front of each other's helpless faces? Die with people you don't care about that much -- not that you hate them ... just, you know, 'Meh.'
"I've picked my family out already. I'm not going to give away who you are, but I will say that you live in the Cincinnati area."
* Alexis Bellino, TV personality ("The Real Housewives of Orange County"): "I would fly my entire family, extended family as well, to Bora Bora because we love the beautiful water and sand! We would throw the biggest best party ever and celebrate together with music, our favorite cocktail -- margaritas in fancy glasses with umbrellas -- and our favorite food -- pizza!"
* Mike Catherwood, radio personality ("Loveline" and TV's "American Choppers"): "If it's all really going down, and the world is coming to an end, I want to be in one of two places. The first place I was thinking is the walled Old City of Jerusalem. Heaven will quickly be losing vacancy so I want to go where Jesus was killed, buried and resurrected himself. I figure I'd get more of an inside track to God's ear while inside the Old City. If not Jerusalem, then Vegas. The world's over so let's throw caution to the wind."