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Predictions for 2014 just wouldn’t be the same without some group proclaiming that this is the year, finally, that the world comes to its cataclysmic end. I suppose if you “predict” it year in and year out, it eventually will be true one of these times.

For those who believe in Norse mythology, or just really liked the “Thor” movie, legend has it that on February 22, the god Odin will be killed by the wolf Fenrir, the soil and the sky will be stained with poison and the sea will rear up and devour earth’s inhabitants in the Ragnarök apocalypse. Yikes.

Predicting the end of the world has always been big business. Just ask Nostradamus, or someone who believes in Zoroastrianism, or Y2K computer programmers, or Pat Robertson, or, well, you get the point.

2014 will be the year of the world's end, says John Hagee, author and senior pastor of the nondenominational Cornerstone Church in San Antonio. Hagee claims that four “blood moons” throughout 2014 represent prophecies allegedly given in the book of Luke relating to Doomsday and the second coming of Christ.

Some 2014 predictions (thankfully), are a little lighter in fare. Here is a list of what various sites are predicting for the upcoming year.

Forbes Top 10 predictions for the financial world include these two: There will be no threat of a government shutdown in 2014 due to a foreseen “small increase in bipartisan cooperation,” and secondly: “Problems with the Obamacare website rollout will seem minor next year as the reality of the totality of the massive law and its implementation move forward.”

Both seem a good bet.

CNET.com, a leader in techy news, claims the online retail giant Amazon will provide us with some eye-popping surprises in 2014, including their own Smartphone, Amazon TV, a Kindle school tutor and an expanded Amazon Prime service.

Retail predictions were made by TheStreet.com, who claims that J.C. Penney will continue to decline, Abercrombie & Fitch will keep finding itself in trouble over its insensitivity in marketing and Radio Shack will finally call it kaput.

Travel predictions making headlines, according to CheapFlights.com, include their Hot Destinations and Top US Travel Trends for 2014. The site also says the airline industry is primed for the rise of a “super airline.”

Back to Forbes then for their 2014 sports predictions. They predict just about every item of major news in the sports world and of course, the championships. Most of their sports writers say Peyton Manning (obviously) wins this year’s MVP, but the Denver Broncos choke in the playoffs and the Seahawks will be this year’s surprise Super Bowl winner.

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