The rumor floating around the kids' school yesterday was that the world would end today on 12/12/12.
Apparently the schoolkids are conflating the Mayan calendar December 21 hysteria with the occurrence of 12/12/12.
So last night we discussed it with them and pointed out that their friends were wrong. No, the world was not going to end today, nor on the 21st for that matter. A good lesson in not believing everything you hear.
Leah had no problem with the whole issue:
"The world won't be ending in 2012 because they wouldn't bother making 2013 calendars if it was ending in 2012, and I've seen 2013 calendars."
So there you are. You may now officially stop panicking about the end of the world in 2012.