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Is someone or something trying to tell us something? The conspiracy theorists are having a field day as 2011 starts.

Four thousand birds fall from the sky in Arkansas, followed by 100,000 dead fish washing up on the shore. Typically, it had to happen in a place with 'Ark' in the name!

But more strange stories are coming to light. Forty thousand crabs discovered dead on a beach in Kent as 700 turtle doves fall from the sky in Italy.

The Daily Mail has been loving it. The paper even ran a story about thousands of people heading for a mountain in southern France, where they believe some aliens are currently hiding.

It's thought this will be one of only a few places spared at the end of the world and the aliens are just sat there, waiting for it to happen.

The Discovery Channel has been running a documentary on the Mayan Calendar and its prediction of the end of the world on December 21, 2012.

This also inspired the awful movie 2012 in which an aircraft carrier fell on a house.

Has anyone spotted a man in a rain jacket walking up and down Commercial Road with a sandwich board saying The End Of The World Is Nigh yet?

You must admit, even the most cynical person would think that something of a more biblical nature is happening. Look at the awful floods in Australia.

But all this scare-mongering doesn't help. Soon, we'll be panic-buying cans of baked beans and toilet rolls.

Scientists are finding the answers. Disease is apparently behind the death of the 100,000 fish, with cold weather and inter-breeding killed others.

The birds falling from the sky is being put down to a shift in the magnetic North Pole, making them fly too high and run out of oxygen. The list goes on.

The Discovery documentary also reported the Mayan Calendar does show life continuing after 2012, but with a different order. So sleep soundly.

Certainly in my lifetime I've had years when the world is supposed to end come and go – 1984 and the beginning of 2000 being a couple.

My 40th birthday is on February 5, 2013 and I certainly intend on still being around to celebrate it to the full!

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