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Across the world, people are preparing by hoarding food, climbing mountains, and partying.

If these photos are any indication, getting ready for the apocalypse is a deeply personal experience. December 21 is the last day of the 13th cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar; conspiracy theorists believe this indicates the end of the world is nigh. Some entrepreneurs are even getting in on the action via Craigslist. Below, a couple of images of "preppers." See even more here.

Phil Burns demonstrates his air purifying SCape Mask at his home in American Fork, Utah. While most "preppers" discount the Mayan calendar prophecy, many are preparing to be self-sufficient for threats like nuclear war, natural disaster, famine and economic collapse. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)
The Tunupa ship is seen as Bolivian priests make offerings in Lake Titicaca, 46 miles away from La Paz City, in La Paz. Sunday marked the first of six days of celebrations to commemorate the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, which some believe to be the end of the world, that indigenous Bolivians regard as the change of an era. (Reuters/Gaston Brito)
Honduran Ch'orti' of Mayan descent celebrate a point during a Mayan ball game against Guatemalan Quirigua in Copan. This week, at sunrise on Friday, December 21, an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar, an event that has been likened by different groups to the end of days, the start of a new, more spiritual age or a good reason to hang out at old Maya temples across Mexico and Central America. (Reuters/Jorge Cabrera)
Employees work on the construction of a bunker at Utah Shelter Systems in North Salt Lake, Utah. The price of the shelters range from $51,800 to $64,900. (Reuters/Jim Urquhart)
Gendarmes drive on a road in Bugarach, France, in order to secure the area around the peak. The Peak of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France, surrounded in legend for centuries, has become a focal point for many apocalypse believers as rumors have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. Residents of the tiny southern French hamlet, are witness to a rising influx of Doomsday believers convinced it is the only place that will survive judgment day, December 21, 2012, as an era closes in the Maya Long Count calendar. (Reuters/Jean-Philippe Arles)

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