If the world is going to end Friday, customers at Saving Face Barbershop in Fairmount will go out looking good. They are offering a doomsday special, $9 haircuts through Friday. Owner Anthony Nappa thought it was a good idea to use the conversation starter as a marketing tool.
"We've had people stop by and see the sign and think it's funny, it's clever. So we've definitely had a new influx of people because of that," says Nappa.
Nappa is capitalizing on doomsday, but it doesn't mean he believes it.
"Do I personally think the world is going to end tomorrow? No I don't. I hate to burst anybody's bubble," says Nappa.
And neither do his customers. Mike Pigula says he thought it was a good business idea, but he's not a believer.
"I do not think the world is going to end tomorrow. No, definitely not," says Pigula.
Chris Mayer doesn't think the world will end, but he's hoping for a change.
"No I don't think the world's going to end but I am hoping the credit card and student loan companies lose all their information so I won't be obligated to pay off any of that debt," says Mayer.
A professor of religious studies at LeMoyne College, Father Donald Maldari, says the mayan calendar is simply marking the winter solstice.
"The only thing that's going to happen is that the day is going to be particularly short in the northern hemisphere and then the days are going to get longer in the northern hemisphere. So it brings the sense of a rebirth," says Maldari.
Maldari says the concept of doomsday is a misinterpretation.
"I think people misunderstood that in order for there to be a new creation the old one has to be destroyed. And the whole world is going to end and I guess it's going to start all over again. That's not the case," says Father Maldari.
If the world doesn't end, it's still a good day to reflect.
"It would be a really good idea to for us to consider on how we can improve on what we do well and stop doing what we're doing badly," says Maldari.
If nothing else, it's a good excuse to get a hair cut.