At Penn Museum, End-of-World Party Has a Real Mayan Flavor

By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Some folks are celebrating the end of the world tonight.

Darien Sutton, spokeswoman for the University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (the “Penn Museum”), says they’re hosting an end-of-the-world party amidst their Mayan artifacts: “We thought if the apocalyptic predictions come true, we might as well be dancing and enjoying ourselves!”

She says the party is called “Maya 2012 — The Final Countdown.  It starts at 9pm tonight and runs until the end of the world, or 1am.”

Playing off this theme, she says they’ll have Maya-inspired food and cocktails and a fortune teller.

But don’t worry, Sutton says, the end of the Mayan calendar probably doesn’t signify the end of the world.

“This supposed date is kind of like an odometer in your car, so dates repeat.  I think that on this date it’s just kind of a flip and you start again at zero.”

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