Tamika Carter had dieted all spring to lose 28 pounds in time for the Independence Day weekend. She skipped lunches and jogged each night after returning home from her job at the Pancake Circus.

"I always try to lose weight before summer," the 27-year-old Sacramento waitress said. "You want to look good on the beach."

But this summer, looking good on the beach would turn out to be far less important than Carter could have imagined.

Hart Seely speculates on how newspaper reporters might cover the end of the world — if they were actually around to do it — in Anecdotal Leads for News Stories Reporting the End of the World; from McSweeney's Internet Tendency.