It's already December 21, 2012 in New Zealand and they're still around. As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday (EST), the top post on the front page of Reddit was a picture of a clock with the title "The world has not ended. Sincerely, New Zealand." Others, though, are still convinced that the apocalypse will do us all in on Friday. On December212012.com, you can find survival guides and ads for gear that might be useful when the end of eternity comes crashing down on mankind.

One guy from North Carolina isn't preparing for the end of the world, exactly. He's just readying himself for the collapse of American civilization as we know it. A CNN piece examining different theories and beliefs people have about December 21st specifically mentions his tactics and methods of preparation.

Gunmaker Ryan Croft in Asheville, North Carolina, does take the prediction seriously. He is building a special assault rifle to deal with any signs of doom lurking around the corner.

Yep.

His new rifle, a hybrid of an AR-15 and an AK-47, is designed to handle it and be easy to use at the same time, the Gulf War veteran said. Trouble in the United States could ensue in the wake of an economic catastrophe, he thinks.

But, Croft doesn't stop there. He's gone as far as to teach his family how to eat rodents. You know, just in case.

In true survivor manner, Croft also teaches his family how to subsist on alternative sources of nourishment, such as algae, roasted mice and live earthworms.