We had a good run, didn't we? Over the course of more than 4 billion years (or, we suppose, 6,000 if that's what you believe), the Earth has played host to dinosaurs, the Roman Empire, and Lindsay Lohan. And now it's all coming to an end on Dec. 21. Or is it? Some Charlestonians are ready for the apocalypse, while others are a bit more skeptical. Here, we share their theories — and some useful tips on how to survive to see Dec. 22.
Steve Mosher didn't just wake up one day with an overwhelming sense of doomsday paranoia. A self-made man with the words "self" and "made" tattooed to his knuckles and a mass of red facial hair worthy of his membership in the Holy City Beard and Moustache Society, he's not the kind of guy dwelling over Mayan prophesies. — Susan Cohen
College of Charleston professor Scott Poole is the City Paper's go-to guy for weird shit. Christian haunted houses? He knows all about them. Bigfoot? He's got the answers. Unicorns? Well, he's not an expert on them, but he easily pointed us in the direction of someone who was. — Susan Cohen
With the apocalypse a little more than a week away, we assume that many of you currently have a contingency plan, whether that's hunkering down in your underground bunker or accepting your fate with brave humility. But if you're utterly unprepared, these tips from the Lowcountry Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) may be invaluable. — Susan Cohen
There are lots of theories out there about the exact way we're all gonna die on Dec. 21. Pick your favorite theory from the options below. Some are real. Others we threw in for fun. — Susan Cohen
Have a hurricane kit. Steve Mosher learned that even before he moved to Charleston. Make sure there's a gallon of water for every person in the house. Don't forget the non-perishables either. "It's not about how much money you have in a crisis situation," he says, "because when Katrina hit Baton Rouge, it didn't matter how much money you had.— Susan Cohen