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Apocalypse? Not Now, As World Survives
An ancient prediction that the world would end this morning has failed to come true.
As the clock counted down to - and then passed - 11.11am, people around the world used the moment as an excuse for a party.
December 21 marks the end of the 5,125-year Mayan calendar, which some said represents the end of the world.
But the claim was dismissed by everyone from Nasa and the US government to the Vatican.
People who paid just under £1,000 to take refuge in the underground bunker of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin now stand to qualify for a 50% refund.
In the tiny French village of Bugarach in the Pyrenees, UFO watchers were left disappointed when aliens said to inhabit a jagged mountain failed to board a spacecraft and flee the Earth.
In Serbia, the place to be was Mount Rtanj, a pyramid-shaped peak, where local legend has it that the mountain once swallowed an evil sorcerer who will be released on doomsday in a ball of fire.
Old coal mineshafts were opened up as safe rooms for the dozens who arrived early.
Sirince, a small Turkish village known for its wines, was also being touted as a safe haven, thought to be because it is close to an area where the Virgin Mary is believed to have lived her final days.
In China, the authorities have been detaining more than 500 members of a fringe Christian group, Almighty God, who got into trouble after spreading rumours about the world's impending end, with leaflets, CDs, books and other material all seized.
Closer to home, hundreds of people converged on Stonehenge for an End of the World party that coincided with the winter solstice.
In London, themed events included a Last Supper club.
Many scientists and historians argue that the Mayans had a cyclical sense of time, so that the end of a calendar simply signifies the end of one period and the beginning of another.
what do you think?
I'm taking the two thumbs down I've received so far is from MUGS who believe everything they read on the internet. . Just for their benefit - the moon landings weren't faked. 9/11 wasn't a CIA/Mossad conspiracy. The book of Revelations was never meant to be taken literally. Alien abductions are fantasies. And Iran's desire for nuclear power is not for domestic peaceful purposes. .
Well said. There's a fair few people who just vote down comments without piping up. Probably don't want to be known as we'll know they're gullible and stupid. For the best I guess.
Stop trying to sell your 'end of the world' kitchen ware then stevie
Got a few 'End of the world is nigh' T-shirts for sale chris? Going cheap. . .
My mum used to laugh at all the end of the world predictions and she'd known a few in her 94 years. she used to say "the worlds ends for somebody every day". But then her generation had a lot harder life and were focused on just living day to day.
We are not that lucky for it to end yet
Ah but is it 11:11 where the Mayans lived yet?
Quite right! Mexico City is 6 hours behind us, so we should know around about teatime :)
No it was 11:11 UTC (GMT in other words, our timezone). Any later and it will be 22nd in Australia, so the Mayan's weren't that clever!
Don't talk rubbish! It's at least 6,500 miles across the ocean to Australia from South America. It won't be the 22nd in Australia for another 6 hours at least. The Mayans knew nothing about GMT - it hadn't been invented when the calendar was devised.
Im wondering how many ppl were just a little bit worried,lol
so i still have time to pop down to comet for a new tv . thank you jesus god person
hey jimmy get me a laptop whilst you're down there. Ta. :D
Haven't Comet ceased trading?
Don't think it was ever meant to symbolise the end of the world just a change at best. All the doomsday people do make me laugh, wasn't it supposed to end in 2000 also?
Yes Chris I agree with you and I am old enough and ugly enough to remember quite a few "end of the world" scares.
Last year it was going end like twice.
Chris.It didnt ever symbolise the end of the world. That theory came from a spanish bishop alive during columbus' time. Who claimed that men from far off lands would bring about the end of days. Now we all know that columbus silenced a lot of people by sailing to the americas. The stone carvings that relate to dec21 are badly worn along the side that give details of what would happen today. But the last recognisable symbol on the tablet is the mayan glyph for 'celebration'. Its modern scholars that decided to link the 13th baktun with the rantings of a 15-16th century bishop
Why are so many people hung up on when the world is going to end? I'm pretty sure the human race will be wiped out well before the world is! We should be more concerned about realistic events that are far more possible to happen in our lifetime e.g the wars we fight and the implications that may bring (nuclear...WW3) this event is far more likely to happen in my opinion, although I still don't think that will happen in our lifetime. Bottom line is..people need to get a grip..
I totally agree with you sophie...
Has anyone considered that the foreman at the Mayan Calender Co Ltd might have said ' we've enough stock for a couple of thousand years - lets move onto something else.'
People have been cracking jokes about the date today like there's no tomorrow! Anyway, 11:11am was it? Sky News were saying 11:13am this morning because of the winter solstice. Then they also said the prediction was 9:05 tonight! And I've heard people say 11:15am, 12:30pm today. For such a big "event" no one seems to know an exact time. Someone somewhere is laughing today because they started this whole doomsday prediction and it seems a fair few people actually fell for it.
So is there not a small chance the Mayans simply couldn't be bothered to make a new calendar beyond today's date? My computer calendar only goes as far as 2099...
Baker - I reckon that the Mayan dude who was doing the calender was totally p*ssed off with his job and down tooled. Just happened he was up to 2012 :)
They did theres date prediction carvings is a guatamalan ruin that are 7000 years in the future. No one ever mentions these because they dont sell survival gear
well the world ended for 1000,s around the globe as they passed into eternity.
Aaaah now ive got to pay that bank fine :(
It is very unlikely there ever were any Mayans. All the carvings were probably sculpted by modern people pretending to be scientists, most of whom would be, students from Cambridge, Oxford and Edinburgh experimenting with South American drugs and inventing lost tribes by making groups of Amazonian children stand infront of their cameras in the jungles. People have been calculating the end of the World since the day I was born, decades ago, then adjusting their dates. Nobody seems to have noticed it is Two thousand and THIRTEEN next year or calculated much about that. I was expecting to be here today, reading about how on the 22nd December 2012, no UFO invasion occurred, taking the saved off to another planet and there hadn't been three days of total darkness with everyones' souls having been abducted. Usually, at the start of the year global catastrophes tend to happen such as earthquakes, tornadoes, tidal waves, mud slides, avalanches or volcanoes and they also continue happening for the rest of the year. For a lot of people around the World, today is likely to be as apocolyptic as any other day.
We survived Little Johnnie Major and Big Tony, we can survive anything.
Some people are sooooo gullible!As if the world was going to end!Some people need a nice comfy padded cell...
Western misinterpretation of the calender. The world is just entering a new era according to the mayans.
So I will have to pay my electric bill :-(
If you are over 65 have a chat with them. I did.
Darn.... Does that mean I still have to go to work?
Getcha r`ed down.
So glad all the money i have spent on xmas hasnt gone up in smoke :-)
Isn't it even more obvious at this time of year that the doomsday enthusiasts and their scientific illiteracy are just the lastest in religious fanatics to lie their way into people's lives? End of days - end of my working week more like it :-)