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Apocalypse: Advice Issued For End Of The World
British authorities have insisted they are prepared for the looming apocalypse and have issued advice on how to cope.
In the event that the world ends on December 21, the public should check the car, fit a smoke alarm and learn to make a fire.
The helpful advice follows an official US government blog this week which insisted that "the world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012".
To quell fears, the UK organisations have issued detailed, if tongue-in-cheek, advice.
A London Fire Brigade spokesman advised: "Fit a smoke alarm on each level of your home, then at least you might stand a chance of knowing that the end of the world is nigh ahead of those who don't.
"If you survive the apocalypse you'll be alerted to a fire more quickly should one ever break out."
The AA warned: "Before heading off, take time to do the basic checks on your car and allow extra time for your journey.
"Local radio is a good source of traffic and weather updates and for any warnings of an impending apocalypse. Should the announcer break such solemn news, try to remain focused on the road ahead and keep your hands on the wheel."
The assistant director of the Scouts said: "If you are a scout, you know how to light a fire, how to cook, how to make a shelter. Those basic skills are really important and you can learn them very quickly.
"There are probably going to be no computers or electricity in the post-apocalyptic world so get a basic essential guide, there are loads around in the library such as Scouting For Boys - it was written in 1908 but it will still be relevant after the apocalypse."
Other bodies including British Transport Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were prepared for any event that may occur on December 21.
Speculation that the end of the world really is nigh is rooted in interpretations of the ancient Mayan calendar and has been fuelled by internet speculation.
Professor Mark Van Stone, the author of 2012: Science And Prophecy Of The Ancient Maya, traces the start of the 2012 apocalypse prophecy back to 1904, when German scholars said a Mayan picture of a sky dragon pouring water from above proved they were predicting a great flood.
Other predictions then made it into subsequent academic books on the Maya and soon became enshrined in popular mythology.
Prof Van Stone, who teaches art history at Southwestern College, California, said the speculation comes down to a few inscriptions that indicate the ancient Mayan calendar has been counting down since 3114BC and will hit zero on December 21.
He said: "The Maya indicated there was a 5,000-year cycle that ended on a creation date. Scholars, and eventually everyone else, inferred that when the calendar reached that date again in 2012 that it would stop."
Among the internet speculation and forecasts, there are suggestions that a small French village called Bugarach is the only place that will survive the apocalypse and hundreds of people have been gathering there.
what do you think?
I'd rather go with the rest of the world than live in France!
Bonjour mon ami. Tu ma feche!
What? You're not liking the idea of eating snails, frogs legs and pig intestines for the rest of your life?
Speculation, more speculation and B.S. I think this is disrespectful to the mayans. So called scholars interpreting mayan artifacts, carvings and manuscripts to fit with The abrahamic religion's view of things. Its thanks to one of the abrahamics that we Dont know what will happen on dec 21st just as we dont know what will happen tomorrow. Thanks to the spanish christians destroying lots of mayan things during the 15th century because they were 'blasphemous'. Besides everyone credits the mayans with the long count yet it predates them so it is more likely to be an olmec calendar. The mayans couldnt even predict their own demise at the hands of the conquistadors. The mayans where exceptional astronomers,very advanced for their time(so we are told) but there were plenty of indiginous peoples whos knowledge of the universe was far more advanced than everyone else just look up the dogu tribe on google and read about their knowledge of sirrus B and it having an orbiting partner. Something that modern astronomers didnt find out till the 70s. Recent discoveries suggest that The mayans only predicted that mankind has 'five ages' and that the current age(fourth) ends this month. The end of the world scenario is only one theory that has been interpreted from whats left of the 'Dresden codex' A collection of manuscripts from central america. But thanks to the ever tolerant christians we dont have all the facts. Who knows you might just have to put another pound in the calendar to get more time
And if you decide to have sex dont forget to wear a comdom.
To some an unplanned pregnancy is the end of the world. But how can you re-populate the world if you use birth control?
I wore a condom once. I got some strange looks, but at least I was dry in the rain walking home.
Omg can someone help me the local motorpoint shop is on his annual holiday i dont think I can get spare bulbs do an oil change or pick up a warning triangle!!!! Is this a spoof the AA say check ur car ???? Where u gonna go the worlds on its way out on the 20th Im off to rob a bank so I can die rich lol what rubbish
I love watching all those doomsday preppers programs where they practice bugging out in the car to a safe location. The ones who fear either a nuclear strike or emp attack make me laugh. Because in both situations the cars not going anywhere Emp fries all unprotected electronics and a nuclear weapon produces a huge emp wave.
Exactly Chris we dont actually live on the biggest lump of earth to escape much lol
Pants I am working late night the night before....just my luck
I'll drop u some round Jo
If th world is to end on th 21st, just call Australia late on th 20th to find out if it's true as they r 12hrs of us. :-)
As Clive Dunn would say (God rest his soul)........"Don't Panic!!!"...........:o)
Kind of ironic how they could predict the end of the world but they couldn't predict the spanish invasion which wiped them out
They did predict the comming of the Spanish. Although they predicted the return of Quetzelquato, who was the God of destruction. On Cortes arrival they took him to the sacrificial chamber and began beheading and disemboweling people for him. Cortes, being a Catholic, was not amused and promply destroyed them. Prophacy fullfiled.
Scouting for boys. A reference for us. A way of life for Jimmy Saville.
Now then now then theres no need for that
Dont worry boys Jim'll frigg it !.
It's a bit inconsiderate to end on December 21 I mean I wont have opened my Christmas presents. Damn. :(
"Other bodies including British Transport Police and Dorset Fire and Rescue Service confirmed they were prepared for any event that may occur on December 21." what plans do you have for a huge alien invasion then? I feel really safe in the knowledge that the transport police have got it covered. They cant even catch people who dont pay for train tickets
So austerity does end before 2018. Can Osborne not get anything right.
I was awoken by an angel last night and he said find a big busted virgin,make love to her then neck a bottle of scotch,if u survive then meet her mum and dad and suck their brains out