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Many people have been [preparation / preparing] for months for the end of the world. There have been stories on the Internet for the [post / past] decade that the world will [end / ending] on December 21. This is the day of the “Mayan Apocalypse,” when a Mayan calendar [prediction / predicts] the end of us all. However, many [other / others] people do not believe the world will end in a day [or / nor] two. The Chinese government has [recently / recent] arrested 93 people for spreading doomsday rumours [at / on] the Internet. Meanwhile, in Russia, Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov sensibly [advice / advised] people not to buy Armageddon candles. He wrote on his website: "Does no one realise that once the end of the world [coming / comes] , candles won't help them?"

So what might happen on Friday? The Internet is [full / fill] of stories about giant tsunamis and asteroids that will finish [we / us] . More common stories are that the black hole at the centre of the galaxy will [gulp / swallow] the Earth, or that a planet called “Nibiru” will hit us. NASA says Nibiru was [meant / meaning] to destroy us in May 2003, but when nothing happened, “the doomsday date was [moved / changed] forward to December 2012”. NASA adds: “If Nibiru was [really / real] …astronomers would have been tracking it for at [least / last] the past decade, and it would be [invisible / visible] by now to the [naked / nude] eye.” English teachers worldwide have told their students they cannot use the apocalypse as an [excuse / exercise] not to do homework.

 


 
 

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