Bugarach End Of The World: French Police Arrest Men With Machetes In 'Doomsday' Village

12/21/2012 02:07 pm ET | Updated Feb 20, 2013

French police arrested two men who had gas masks and machetes in their car as they approached a mountain rumoured to be one of the few places where people will survive when the world supposedly ends on Friday.

Officials said they believed they were trying to test the security cordon thrown around the village and nearby mountain of Bugarach, where dozens of police were deployed to head off a potential influx of New Age fanatics and sightseers.

On Thursday police also arrested one man with a Taser electric shock device and another with a baseball bat near the village of 200 people, where journalists from across the world have congregated.

Police had wrongly anticipated a mass influx of visitors and blocked access to the village and the Pic de Bugarach, the mountain which some say will open on the last day and aliens will emerge with spaceships to save nearby humans.

Believers say the world will end on December 21, 2012, the end date of the ancient Mayan calendar, and they see Bugarach as one of a few sacred mountains sheltered from the cataclysm.

End Of The World 2012

12/21/2012 6:57 PM EST

That's All Folks!

Since the world hasn't ended, we're going to conclude the live blog at this time. Thank you all for reading!

12/21/2012 6:35 PM EST

We Survived

@ jonesry28 :

Well... We survived the "misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar." Congratulations to all of you.

12/21/2012 5:50 PM EST

Half-Price Calendars

@ KeithCowing :

I guess mayan calendars will be half price at bookstores starting tomorrow

12/21/2012 5:42 PM EST

CARTOON: Mayan Calendar Doomsday Vision

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For his latest cartoon, Chicano artist Lalo Alcaraz depicted what the Maya's real doomsday vision might have been.

Read more about Alcaraz on HuffPost Latino Voices.

12/21/2012 5:32 PM EST

Standing Guard At Chichen Itza: Mexico's Boy Scouts

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The temptation to ignore the signs, jump the ropes and climb the pyramid dominating the main plaza here gets the better of some visitors. That's why the archeological park has called in Yucatan's scouts, who stand at something approaching attention around the major ruins.

"We do this for special events," explains Gabriel Ancona, an 18-year old Rover Scout -- Mexico's equivalent to an Eagle Scout -- from nearby Merida. "I enjoy serving and, even though I'm not Maya, this is part of my culture because I grew up here."

Ancona says several of his friends had to help stop a crowd of 80 spiritualists, mostly American, who tried to climb El Castillo this morning.

"The scouts were definitely helpful with that," says Ancona, who is amused but unfazed by visitors' fervor.

He admits he finds some of the dancing funny but is complacent about the whole thing.

"They can believe whatever they want," he says. "They just have to stay off the ruins."

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

12/21/2012 5:23 PM EST

End Of The World Movies Worth Seeing

From zombies to a viral pandemic, Hollywood has imagined countless ways the world could end. While some plots are more far-fetched than others, most apocalyptic films have one thing in common: that glimmer of hope that the world won't end after all.

Overlooking blockbuster disaster films like "The Day After Tomorrow," CNN Entertainment compiled a list of the end of the world movies you should actually watch.

12/21/2012 5:01 PM EST

End Of The World Conspiracy Theory?

@ JoshHelfferich :

Okay, so just to be clear, Nostradamus predicted Gangnam Style hitting a billion views today. http://t.co/caiviccJ

12/21/2012 4:44 PM EST

Ceremonies Mark A New Era

At dawn, crowds gathered at Tikal - one of the largest pre-Columbian Maya sites in Central America - for rituals sending out the old - and bringing in the new. Reuters reports.

12/21/2012 4:26 PM EST

In Mexico, What One Local Thinks Of The 'Apocalypse'

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Silvia Guadalupe commutes every day from the Maya town of Xcalacop to the temple complex of Chichen Itza, where she sells handkerchiefs embroidered with bright flowers. Today, as the world fails to end, she is hoping to make enough sales to buy new clothing for her children.

"Only once we make enough money will we go home and celebrate," she says. "We are poor so we have to be here today."

She's not ashamed of her poverty and actually laughs about it. Hers is hardly a unique position within the Maya community. Still, it is a unique day.

"I think things may be a little better for the next few years," Guadalupe says, smiling at a customer who examines her goods and walks away. "It is nice that people care about our calendar, which is like a religion to many people here."

She expects to head home late tonight.

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

12/21/2012 4:12 PM EST

10 Epic Artworks For The End Of Days

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In honor of the anti-climactic affair, HuffPost Arts compiled their 10 favorite artworks that just scream "the world is ending!"

See the rest of the apocalyptic artwork on HuffPost Arts.

According to Mayan prophecy, Sirince, Turkey, is one of the few places that will escape the December 21st apocalypse. As thousands of Doomsday believers flock there, the town's hoping they'll spend like there's no tomorrow. WSJ's Joe Parkinson reports.

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As clouds roll in and faint sounds of thunder join the drum circles, there is murmuring among the male attendees about this becoming \"one big wet T-shirt contest.\"

The celebrants twirling flags or contorting themselves amid the ruins are being joined by more and more tourists as the day wears on, but the white-clad spiritualists are still the main attraction, both for the growing crowd and each other.

A man in a shamanic cape who has been hungrily watching an attractive dancer turns to his friend and says, \"With all this energy, I just wish I could bang the earth.\"

Transcending desire to reach harmony is proving difficult.

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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Call it impeccable planning or just a funny way to mark the year’s biggest non-event – the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar.

Calgary radio station X92.9’s playlist on Friday, which doomsday predictions pegged as the day the world would end, citing the fact that Dec. 21 is the end of the Mayan calendar, consisted of only one song, \"It’s The End Of The World\" by R.E.M.

Read the full story on HuffPost Canada.

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People meditate on the top of the Pyramid of the Sun as the sun rises at the Teotihuacan archeological site in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

(AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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People meditate on the top of the Pyramid of the Sun as the sun rises at the Teotihuacan archeological site in Teotihuacan, Mexico, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

(AP Photo/Alexandre Meneghini)

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The sun rose on Dec. 21, and the world is still here. Though NASA assured everyone that the world would not end, this isn't the first time we've faced a potential apocalypse.

Salon looks back as far as 2800 B.C. at the \"apocalypses that got away.\"

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In case you missed it, NASA released a video entitled \"Why the World Didn't End Yesterday.\" But instead of waiting until Dec. 22 to upload the video, NASA released it last week. The caption explains it all:

NASA is so sure the world won't come to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, that they already released a video for the day after.

Read the full story on HuffPost Science.

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CHICHEN ITZA -- Dr. Nina Meyerhof may be the best credentialed spiritualist in attendance at this celebration of the renewed harmony prophesied by the Maya Calendar. The president and founder of Children of the Earth, an international NGO devoted to \"pioneering consciousness,\" Dr. Meyerhof is also one of the Notable Luminaries of Evolutionary Leaders, a group dedicated to \"conscious evolution.\"

\"I'm here to recommit myself to being free of attachments,\" says Dr. Meyerhof. \"There is an evolutionary process so generations to come will be more conscious and able to replace systems -- economic and educational -- that aren't working for us.\"

Meyerhof says today's celebration reminds her of the Harmonic Convergence in the 1980s, when she embarked on a vision quest to Mount Shasta and flew to Alexandria, Egypt.

\"I am a doer so I can't just sit at home and say 'om,'\" says Dr. Meyerhof, sitting in front of a small temple decorated with jaguar heads. \"I have to physically plant myself in places of power and get that energy.\"

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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\"evo

The Mayan apocalypse, predicted to take place on Dec. 21, has arrived without so much as a sputter. But while many around the world began to shutter their arks and bunkers in wait for another doomsday, Bolivia's president was celebrating the arrival of a new era.

Evo Morales was expected to mark the auspicious day by sailing across Lake Titicaca on a huge reed boat to attend a celebration on the Island of the Sun, Desert Local News reports.

Read the full story on HuffPost World.

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\"mayan

Small replicas of the Maya calendar predicting the beginning of a new age are on sale in the shadows of the Chichen Itza ruins for 80 pesos (about $6), but hawkers will discount them forty percent if tourists are looking for a bargain.

When asked if he's sold many calendars, one stall owner performs an elaborate mime bemoaning the lack of pockets in the flowing robes and skirts worn by many of the assembled.

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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NASA may have been swamped with phone calls for the past few weeks, but one NASA engineer still had time to field questions online.

When a Quora user asked why the Mayan calendar ends on Dec. 21, 2012, NASA's Robert Frost explained:

Quite simply, they ran out of space on the calendar. We run out of space on our calender every December 31st. It isn't a big deal. We just start over the next day.

The Mayan calendar is no different. It is designed to optimize space by using a series of concentric circles that act like gears. A full revolution of one circle is equivalent to a cog on the next circle.

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DENVER -- Officials in Denver want people to know this is only a test.

The city is testing new outdoor warning sirens on Friday, and they're well aware of all the talk about the Mayan calendar and time running out for the world's population.

In announcing the drill, officials said they wanted to make sure that people knew that the wailing sirens didn't mean it was the end of the world.

Read the full story on HuffPost Denver.

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DENVER -- Officials in Denver want people to know this is only a test.

The city is testing new outdoor warning sirens on Friday, and they're well aware of all the talk about the Mayan calendar and time running out for the world's population.

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\"mayan

Angela Erikson has come to Mexico to meet her maker. The owner of a chain of driving schools near Seattle, Erikson believes today will be the day the aliens who brought human DNA to Earth will return -- and she's ready to board any UFOs that touch down near the pyramid here, which she describes as an edgy tower.

\"Fifty percent of me is sure this is going to happen,\" she says. \"I've been reading about this for years, and if they come I want to go with them.\"

Wearing a \"Take me to your leader\" shirt she made last night, Erickson happily poses for pictures with curious tourists and exposes on her theory. Aliens \"knocked up\" the virgin Mary she explains. They are also responsible for our junk DNA.

Sarah Howard, a friend from Seattle chimes in that unexplainable DNA strands might have once \"allowed us to fly or see underwater.\"

\"I\"m not sure though,\" Howard says. \"These are theories and it's what I believe and there is logic too -- but you can never be sure.\"

Howard and Erickson joke that this is what separates them from the spiritualists chanting nearby with great seriousness.

The UFO fails to arrive at 11:11 a.m. as expected, but Erickson has already been looking ahead to similar astrological events that might prompt, at least, an extraterrestrial \"fly by.\"

\"I've called my mom,\" says Erickson. \"I want to travel like I've never traveled before.\"

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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People react as they see the sun starting to rise on the horizon before its light hits them by the ancient stone circle of Stonehenge, in southern England, as access to the site is given to druids, New Age followers and members of the public on the annual Winter Solstice, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

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Mexico's tourism industry flourished this year as the number of visitors reached a record high, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. While tourist spending has not surpassed 2008's $13.3 billion, more than 35 million travelers arrived at airports near Mayan sites this year.

Eduardo Rivadeneyra, a public relations director for Mexican airline Asur, said the company set a new record yesterday when this year's 14 millionth passenger landed in Cancun.

“The Mayas had no idea they were giving us a marketing tool when they stopped writing their calendar,\" Rivadeneyra said.

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French police in the town of Bugarach have arrested two men carrying machetes and gas masks amid the town's end-of-the-world festivities. AFP writes:

Officials said they believed they were trying to test the security cordon thrown around the village and nearby mountain of Bugarach, where dozens of police were deployed to head off a potential influx of New Age fanatics and sightseers.

Read the whole story on HuffPost World.

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Meanwhile in New York, Buck Wolf, executive editor of Crime and Weird News for the Huffington Post, organized an end of the world party at Manhattan's Hotel Chantelle on Thursday night.

Wearing a gray t-shirt with a black Maya calendar on it, Wolf said he was inspired by a similar party he had attended in 1999 related to Nostradamus's doomsday prophecies. \"It's all a big scam,\" said Wolf. \"You might as well throw a good party.\"

Read the full story on Reuters.

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\"maya

Wordell, who goes by the nickname One Dred, came to this part of the Yucatan from his home in Sonoma for the Synthesis festival and has been listening to lectures on mankind's earthen roots and generally celebrating the harmonious new era at a local campground.

\"I've been trying this new energy collection technique with this Mayan teacher I'd seen on YouTube,\" says Dred. \"Gotta admit I've gotten pretty dizzy from all the spinning.\"

He says he wouldn't miss this for the world and, gesturing towards a lawn filled with chanters, meditators and women in flowing white dresses, nods approvingly.

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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Gerardo Aldana, associate professor of Chicano Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, argues that the misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar dates back to the 1960s, when archeologist Michael D. Coe published \"The Maya.\" Coe suggested the Mayan calendar would end in 2011 or 2012, hinting, in jest, that it meant the end of the world. Scholars have since said there’s no evidence the calendar predicts an apocalyptic future.

The Mayan calendar has long astonished scholars. John Malone, author of Unsolved Mysteries of Science, regards the ancient timekeeper as the “most accurate calendar devised by any ancient culture.”

Mayans most likely used the calendar as a way to explain scientific occurrences and for kings to leave their mark, according to Simon Martin, co-curator for the “Maya 2012: Lords of Time\" exhibit at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia.

Read the full story on HuffPost Latino Voices.

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\"maya

As the sun begins to clear the tops of the temples at Chichen Itza, many visitors are greeting the warmth with yoga. Some, like Steven Carlino of Manhattan, have spent the last few weeks practicing in the many studios common here in the Yucatan.

\"Someone asked me why didn't I just stay in Mexico for the big day,\" says Carlino, who teaches yoga full time and extended his trip to be here today. \"There was something really activated about the place, so I decided id do that.\"

The song playing in the background as the assembled salute the sun? Age Of Aquarius.

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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\"mayan

Today is a big day for Jorge Ramos. The tchotchke salesman, who will spend the day hawking his wares next to the sacred cenote in the forest next to these ruins, says he expects sales to be up thanks to the people here to celebrate the end of the 13th Maya b'ak'tun.

\"There are no more vendors than usual, so today should be a very good day,\" he says, adding that \"this day may also bring an end to war and make our children more equal.\"

He has very high hopes for both outcomes.

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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Residents of Bath Beach, Brooklyn's most densely Mayan neighborhood, claim doomsday predictions are “a disrespect to the Mayan culture and the indigenous people of Mayan descent,” the New York Times reports.

Based on the 2010 census, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst are the center of a small but fast-growing Guatemalan population. Many of the Guatemalans in those neighborhoods are from the heavily Mayan Totonicapán province in the Central American country's western highlands, according to the New York Times.

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Residents of Bath Beach, Brooklyn's most densely Mayan neighborhood, claim doomsday predictions are “a disrespect to the Mayan culture and the indigenous people of Mayan descent,” the Read More"},{"id":"51","created":"12/21/2012 10:45 AM EST","title":"Alien In Bugarach","tweet_link":"51_alien-in-bugarach","entry_text":"

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A man in an alien costume made of tin foil jokes with a local woman in the town of Bugarach, France, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

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A man in an alien costume made of tin foil jokes with a local woman in the town of Bugarach, France, Friday, Dec. 21, 2012.

(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

"},{"id":"50","created":"12/21/2012 10:35 AM EST","title":"The Apocalypse, By The Numbers","tweet_link":"50_the-apocalypse-by-the-numbers","entry_text":"

Did you know one in 10 people believe the world might end in 2012? CNN provides a rundown of all the numbers relating to the Mayan apocalypse.

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Did you know one in 10 people believe the world might end in 2012? CNN provides a rundown of all the numbers relating to the Mayan apocalypse.

"},{"id":"49","created":"12/21/2012 10:12 AM EST","title":"Mayan Armageddon 2012: How Did We Get Here?","tweet_link":"49_mayan-armageddon-2012-how-did-we-get-here","entry_text":"

A mash-up of academic speculation and existential angst seasoned with elements from several world religions, the 2012 phenomenon has been fueled by Hollywood movies and computer games, and relentlessly disseminated by Internet doom-mongers.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

A mash-up of academic speculation and existential angst seasoned with elements from several world religions, the 2012 phenomenon has been fueled by Hollywood movies and computer games, and relentlessly disseminated by Internet doom-mongers.

Read More"},{"id":"48","created":"12/21/2012 9:57 AM EST","title":"At Chichen Itza, A Media Circus","tweet_link":"48_at-chichen-itza-a-media-circus","entry_text":"

\"mayan

A Mexican television crew interviews a woman who claims to be a shaman.

\"This is the begging of a new era and we feel that in our hearts,\" she says as a crowd of nodders forms.

Nearby, a group of Americans welcome the spiritual shift with Yoga performances and tai chi.

-- Andrew Burmon

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\"This is the begging of a new era and we feel that in our hearts,\" she says as a crowd of nodders forms.

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\"mayan

Members of Mexico's human rights front, dressed in vaguely Maya attire, lead a procession around El Castillo pyramid. Native rights are a longstanding issue in the Yucatan, and today's celebration is providing some advocates with a soapbox.

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Members of Mexico's human rights front, dressed in vaguely Maya attire, lead a procession around El Castillo pyramid. Native rights are a longstanding issue in the Yucatan, and today's celebration is providing some advocates with a soapbox.

"},{"id":"46","created":"12/21/2012 9:43 AM EST","title":"Mayans Unfazed By Talk Of End Of The World","tweet_link":"46_mayans-unfazed-by-talk-of-end-of-the-world","entry_text":"

\"If I ask (an audience) if they believe the world will end, no one will raise their hand,\" aspiring Mayan artist Marco Poot Cahun told Religion News Service.

Read the full story here.

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\"If I ask (an audience) if they believe the world will end, no one will raise their hand,\" aspiring Mayan artist Marco Poot Cahun told Religion News Service.

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Spiritualists meditate in front of an ancient Maya pyramid in Chichen Itza. Many believe today marks the beginning of a new age, while others are just here for today's music festival.

-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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The gates to the massive ruins in the Yucatan aren't yet open, but the numerous spiritualists converging here for a celebration of renewed harmony have begun the fiesta outside the temple complex. The color du jour is white, and the tambourines are myriad.

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-- Andrew Burmon, HuffPost Travel

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From HuffPost Travel's Andrew Burmon, who is in the Yucatan for the Apocalypse:

On the eve of what will be known as the apocalypse that wasn't, every hotel room in the town of Valladolid -- known as Zaci during the Maya empire -- is filled and no one seems to be panicking. Only 25 miles from Chichen Itza, the visitors here are resolute in the face of doom, passing the time by inspecting colorful Christmas decorations and watching a traditional Maya dance performance set to synth music.

When I ask the several groups of tourists loitering around the town's central square whether they've come for the apocalypse, most tell me that they've visited Chichen Itza already in order to avoid the festival due to take place on Friday.

The festival, Synthesis 2012, promises to welcome in a new era with the help of a harmonic cycle neatly timed to the end of the 13th b'ak'tun, a Maya era that comes to a close on December 21.

Read the full story here.

--Kate Aluetta

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From HuffPost Travel's Andrew Burmon, who is in the Yucatan for the Apocalypse:

On the eve of what will be known as the apocalypse that wasn't, every hotel room...Read More"},{"id":"42","created":"12/21/2012 5:47 AM EST","title":"Well That's One Way To Meet The End","tweet_link":"42_well-thats-one-way-to-meet-the-end","entry_text":"

\"alyankovic\"

@ alyankovic :

Planning to spend my last day on earth just like every other day (i.e. naked and shivering in the closet). #HappyAlpocalypse

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ alyankovic :\r\nPlanning to spend my last day on earth just like every other day (i.e. naked and shivering in the closet). #Hap...Read More"},{"id":"41","created":"12/21/2012 5:47 AM EST","title":"Tivo Tells The Truth","tweet_link":"41_tivo-tells-the-truth","entry_text":"

\"kitson\"

@ kitson :

How I know the world won't end today: My @TiVo just started showing me listings for 2013. #MayanApocalypse

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ kitson :\r\nHow I know the world won't end today: My @TiVo just started showing me listings for 2...Read More"},{"id":"40","created":"12/21/2012 5:31 AM EST","title":"Good Point","tweet_link":"40_good-point","entry_text":"

\"marcmaron\"

@ marcmaron :

If the world ends tomorrow the last thing everyone will feel is stupid.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ marcmaron :\r\nIf the world ends tomorrow the last thing everyone will feel is stupid.\r\n"},{"id":"39","created":"12/21/2012 5:31 AM EST","title":"Impatient For The End?","tweet_link":"39_impatient-for-the-end","entry_text":"

\"GaryCorby\"

@ GaryCorby :

Has the world ended yet? This is taking forever.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ GaryCorby :\r\nHas the world ended yet? This is taking forever.\r\n"},{"id":"37","created":"12/21/2012 4:20 AM EST","title":"A Good Question","tweet_link":"37_a-good-question","entry_text":"

\"joshgroban\"

@ joshgroban :

What the hell is history channel going to air on saturday?

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ joshgroban :\r\nWhat the hell is history channel going to air on saturday?\r\n"},{"id":"36","created":"12/21/2012 2:04 AM EST","title":"Just When We Thought We Were Safe...","tweet_link":"36_just-when-we-thought-we-were-safe","entry_text":"

\"MattOrtega\"

@ MattOrtega :

In the disaster flick \"2012,\" the end of the world didn't start until early morning Pacific Time.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ MattOrtega :\r\nIn the disaster flick \"2012,\" the end of the world didn't start until early morning Pacific Time.\r\nRead More"},{"id":"35","created":"12/21/2012 2:03 AM EST","title":"Tomorrow's Lead Headline?","tweet_link":"35_tomorrows-lead-headline","entry_text":"

\"washingtonpost\"

@ washingtonpost :

Still here.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ washingtonpost :\r\nStill here.\r\n"},{"id":"34","created":"12/20/2012 7:36 PM EST","title":"Eric Idle's Dilemma","tweet_link":"34_eric-idles-dilemma","entry_text":"

\"EricIdle\"

@ EricIdle :

Trying to decide whether it's worthwhile decorating the tree before the end of the world. Also, what to wear for the Rapture?

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ EricIdle :\r\nTrying to decide whether it's worthwhile decorating the tree before the end of the world. Also, what to wear for the...Read More"},{"id":"33","created":"12/20/2012 6:54 PM EST","title":"'At Least We Can Die Saying We Saw The End Of The World'","tweet_link":"33_at-least-we-can-die-saying-we-saw-the-end-of-the-world","entry_text":"

CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico, Dec 20 (Reuters) - As pockets of anxiety crop up ahead of the day billed as the Maya apocalypse, a motley crew of New Age thrill-seekers, mystics and tourists have gathered at ancient holy sites in Mexico hoping to witness the birth of a new era.

\"At least we can die saying we saw the end of the world,\" said 27-year-old Minu Nair from Kerala, India, laughing and bathed in sweat after a steep climb to the top of the Maya pyramid at Coba, about an hour's drive from Chichen Itza.

Read the whole story on HuffPost World.

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CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico, Dec 20 (Reuters) - As pockets of anxiety crop up ahead of the day billed as the Maya apocalypse, a motley crew of New Age thrill-seekers, mystics and tourists have gathered at ancient holy sites in Mexico hoping to witness the bir...Read More"},{"id":"32","created":"12/20/2012 6:23 PM EST","title":"Will This French Town Be Spared?","tweet_link":"32_will-this-french-town-be-spared","entry_text":"

\"end

French mounted police patrol on December 20, 2012 in the French southwestern village of Bugarach, near the 1,231 meter high peak of Bugarach - one of the few places on Earth some believe will be spared when the world allegedly ends according to claims regarding the ancient Mayan calendar. (Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images)

","short_text":"

French mounted police patrol on December 20, 2012 in the French southwestern village of Bugarach, near the 1,231 meter high peak of Bugarach - one of the few places on Earth some believe will be spared when the world allegedly ends according...Read More"},{"id":"31","created":"12/20/2012 5:55 PM EST","title":"Scuba Diving In Mexico's Cenotes, The Maya Vision Of Hell","tweet_link":"31_scuba-diving-in-mexicos-cenotes-the-maya-vision-of-hell","entry_text":"

On his trek to Yucatan, HuffPost's Andrew Burmon stopped to explore Tulum's Gran Cenote and go scuba diving in the cave system that helped shape Maya's vision of the afterlife.

Read about his experience here.

","short_text":"

On his trek to Yucatan, HuffPost's Andrew Burmon stopped to explore Tulum's Gran Cenote and go scuba diving in the cave system that helped shape Maya's vision of the afterlife.

Read More"},{"id":"30","created":"12/20/2012 5:34 PM EST","title":"Shaman Leads Mayan Ceremony","tweet_link":"30_shaman-leads-mayan-ceremony","entry_text":"

\"end

Guatemalan shaman Christian Nottbohn holds a Mayan ceremony in Rastrajon, once a settlement of warriors destined to protect the ancient city of Copan, in Copan archeological park, some 400 kms northwest of Tegucigalpa, on December 20, 2012.

Photo credit: Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images

","short_text":"

Guatemalan shaman Christian Nottbohn holds a Mayan ceremony in Rastrajon, once a settlement of warriors destined to protect the ancient city of Copan, in Copan archeological park, some 400 kms northwest of Tegucigalpa, on December 20, 2012.

<...Read More"},{"id":"29","created":"12/20/2012 5:13 PM EST","title":"21 Hilarious Tweets For The End Of The World","tweet_link":"29_21-hilarious-tweets-for-the-end-of-the-world","entry_text":"

Forget sorting through your Twitter feed. Mashable has compiled some of the funniest tweets from comic minds around the world.

\"VeryGrumpyCat\"

@ VeryGrumpyCat :

I believe in you #Mayans... http://t.co/fZcsZ3LX

","short_text":"

Forget sorting through your Twitter feed. Mashable has compiled some of the funniest tweets from comic minds around the world.

\r\nRead More"},{"id":"28","created":"12/20/2012 4:56 PM EST","title":"14 Best Craigslist Ads About The Apocalypse","tweet_link":"28_14-best-craigslist-ads-about-the-apocalypse","entry_text":"

With only hours away until the world ends, BuzzFeed has assembled some hilarious Craigslist ads that are bound to make your final moments fairly memorable.

","short_text":"

With only hours away until the world ends, BuzzFeed has assembled some hilarious Craigslist ads that are bound to make your final moments fairly m...Read More"},{"id":"27","created":"12/20/2012 4:44 PM EST","title":"How The Mayan Apocalypse First Came To Global Attention In 1987","tweet_link":"27_how-the-mayan-apocalypse-first-came-to-global-attention-in-1987","entry_text":"

In August 1987, American artist and author Jose Arguelles announced that the last 25 years of a 5,000-year cycle marks the dawning of a new Mayan millennium, The Guardian reports.

The new era of consciousness was welcomed by such proponents of New Age philosophy as Shirley MacLaine, and was even referenced in Doonesbury on August 14. John Vidal went to Glastonbury to find out about the Mayan calendar and the new age - click on the article below to read his report in full.

","short_text":"In August 1987, American artist and author Jose Arguelles announced that the last 25 years of a 5,000-year cycle marks the dawning of a new Mayan millennium, Read More"},{"id":"26","created":"12/20/2012 4:33 PM EST","title":"6 Predicted Apocalypses That Never Happened","tweet_link":"26_6-predicted-apocalypses-that-never-happened","entry_text":"

If history is any indication, the world will not end on Dec. 21, 2012. Take the Rapture, for example. On May 22, 2011 the world continued on, business as usual. The Week looked back at the Rapture and five other predicted apocalypses that never happened.

","short_text":"

If history is any indication, the world will not end on Dec. 21, 2012. Take the Rapture, for example. On May 22, 2011 the world continued on, business as usual. The Week looked back at the Rapture and five other Read More"},{"id":"25","created":"12/20/2012 4:25 PM EST","title":"Doomsday Sacrifice","tweet_link":"25_doomsday-sacrifice","entry_text":"

\"end

A chicken's head lays on an altar of offerings during a private ceremony at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Moises Castillo

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A chicken's head lays on an altar of offerings during a private ceremony at the Iximche archeological site in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun in Tecpan, Guatemala Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Moises Castillo

"},{"id":"24","created":"12/20/2012 4:13 PM EST","title":"Mayan Apocalypse? No Problem, TV Has Prepared Us","tweet_link":"24_mayan-apocalypse-no-problem-tv-has-prepared-us","entry_text":"

If you've been watching a lot of TV lately, then you might have an edge on the competition when it comes to surviving an apocalypse. HuffPost TV critic Maureen Ryan shares what she's learned from watching shows like \"The Walking Dead,\" including what to pack when the world has ended.

Read her blog here.

","short_text":"

If you've been watching a lot of TV lately, then you might have an edge on the competition when it comes to surviving an apocalypse. HuffPost TV critic Maureen Ryan shares what she's learned from watching shows like \"The Walking Dead,\" including what t...Read More"},{"id":"23","created":"12/20/2012 4:00 PM EST","title":"Church Makes Clever Use Of Doomsday Hype","tweet_link":"23_church-makes-clever-use-of-doomsday-hype","entry_text":"

Skyline Church near San Diego, California, uses the Mayan doomsday hype to invite people to their Sunday services, Patch reports.

","short_text":"

Skyline Church near San Diego, California, uses the Mayan doomsday hype to invite people to their Sunday services, Patch ...Read More"},{"id":"22","created":"12/20/2012 3:50 PM EST","title":"'The World' Tweets","tweet_link":"22_the-world-tweets","entry_text":"

\"theworld_tweets\"

@ theworld_tweets :

OK, now #endoftheworld is trending. This is not helping, guys!

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ theworld_tweets :\r\nOK, now #endoftheworld is trending. This is not helping, guys!\r\n"},{"id":"21","created":"12/20/2012 3:40 PM EST","title":"Radio Host Makes Doomsday Prediction","tweet_link":"21_radio-host-makes-doomsday-prediction","entry_text":"

The leading Conspiracy radio show -- and the most widely listened to overnight radio show in North America -- Coast To Coast AM weighed in on the possibility of Doomsday.

Host George Noory gave his predictions exclusively to HuffPost reporter Lee Speigel.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

The leading Conspiracy radio show -- and the most widely listened to overnight radio show in North America -- Coast To Coast AM weighed in on the possibility of Doomsday.

Host George No...Read More"},{"id":"20","created":"12/20/2012 3:31 PM EST","title":"Michigan Schools To Close Early Due To Mayan Apocalypse 'Rumors,' Threats Of Violence","tweet_link":"20_michigan-schools-to-close-early-due-to-mayan-apocalypse-rumors-threats-of-violence","entry_text":"

More than 30 Michigan schools have closed two days early for the holiday break, in part, one official says, because of rumors surrounding the belief that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on Friday. Five districts -- covering 33 schools in Lapeer county -- will cancel all classes and extracurriculars until Jan. 7, 2013.

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 is when one cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar ends, and some believe that ending indicates a looming apocalypse. According to a letter sent to families of Lapeer Community Schools, the Mayan doomsday scenario -- coupled with \"numerous rumors\" circulating in the state's districts about \"potential threats of violence against students\" following last week's Connecticut school shooting -- prompted officials to release students for vacation Wednesday instead of Friday.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

More than 30 Michigan schools have closed two days early for the holiday break, in part, one official says, because of rumors surrounding the belief that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts the end of the world on Friday. Five districts -- covering 33 ...Read More"},{"id":"19","created":"12/20/2012 3:16 PM EST","title":"The Doomtroopers","tweet_link":"19_the-doomtroopers","entry_text":"

\"end

A man dressed as a Stormtrooper from the movie \"Star Wars\" distributes packs of salt to Ukrainians as part of stunt in central Kiev devoted to the end of the world on Dec. 20, 2012.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov

","short_text":"

A man dressed as a Stormtrooper from the movie \"Star Wars\" distributes packs of salt to Ukrainians as part of stunt in central Kiev devoted to the end of the world on Dec. 20, 2012.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov

"},{"id":"18","created":"12/20/2012 3:12 PM EST","title":"Hundreds Arrested In China Over Doomsday Rumors ","tweet_link":"18_hundreds-arrested-in-china-over-doomsday-rumors-","entry_text":"

In China, more than 600 members of a fringe Christian group have been arrested for spreading doomsday panic and rumors, China's Xinhua news agency reported, according to CNN. Known as the Almighty God cult, the group goes door-to-door warning that the sun will not shine and electricity will not work for three days beginning on December 21.

","short_text":"

In China, more than 600 members of a fringe Christian group have been arrested for spreading doomsday panic and rumors, China's Xinhua news agency reported<...Read More"},{"id":"17","created":"12/20/2012 3:08 PM EST","title":"NASA Swamped With Phone Calls","tweet_link":"17_nasa-swamped-with-phone-calls","entry_text":"

NASA is confident the world will not end tomorrow. But that doesn't mean countless concerned citizens share the same confidence. According to NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown, the agency has received between 200 and 300 phone calls each day for the past few weeks.

Read the full story here.

","short_text":"

NASA is confident the world will not end tomorrow. But that doesn't mean countless concerned citizens share the same confidence. According to NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown, the agency has received between 200 and 300 phone calls each day for the past few...Read More"},{"id":"16","created":"12/20/2012 2:50 PM EST","title":"Hollywood's Reasons For Why The World Is Ending","tweet_link":"16_hollywoods-reasons-for-why-the-world-is-ending","entry_text":"

From the end of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's marriage to the cheating scandal surrounding the \"Twilight\" duo, Hollywood gave us plenty of reasons to believe the world is ending.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

From the end of Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise's marriage to the cheating scandal surrounding the \"Twilight\" duo, Hollywood gave us plenty of reasons to believe the world is ending.

Read More"},{"id":"15","created":"12/20/2012 2:38 PM EST","title":"Mayan Priests Prepare In Guatemala ","tweet_link":"15_mayan-priests-prepare-in-guatemala-","entry_text":"

\"mayas

Mayan priests pray during a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000.

Photo credit: AP Photo/Moises Castillo

","short_text":"

Mayan priests pray during a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an e...Read More"},{"id":"14","created":"12/20/2012 2:25 PM EST","title":"11 Ways People Are Panicking Over The Mayan Apocalypse","tweet_link":"14_11-ways-people-are-panicking-over-the-mayan-apocalypse","entry_text":"

From flying to Bugarach -- the French village supposedly immune from the apocalypse -- to banning Coca-Cola, MSN Money rounds up 11 ways people are panicking over the end of the world.

","short_text":"

From flying to Bugarach -- the French village supposedly immune from the apocalypse -- to banning Coca-Cola, MSN Money rounds up 11 ways people are ...Read More"},{"id":"13","created":"12/20/2012 2:19 PM EST","title":"Doomsday Gift Ideas","tweet_link":"13_doomsday-gift-ideas","entry_text":"

In case the world really does come to an end, InformationWeek offers a few parting gift ideas for friends and family.

","short_text":"

In case the world really does come to an end, InformationWeek offers a few parting gift ideas for friends and family.

"},{"id":"12","created":"12/20/2012 2:10 PM EST","title":"What To Serve On Dec. 21","tweet_link":"12_what-to-serve-on-dec-21","entry_text":"

Throwing an end of the world party? HuffPost Canada created a full Mayan menu of the best foods to serve, whether you're hosting a blow-out bash or quiet get-together.

","short_text":"

Throwing an end of the world party? HuffPost Canada created a full Mayan menu of the best foods to serve, whether you're hosting a blow-out bas...Read More"},{"id":"11","created":"12/20/2012 2:02 PM EST","title":"PHOTO: Mayan Ceremony In Cuba","tweet_link":"11_photo-mayan-ceremony-in-cuba","entry_text":"

\"end

Cubans participate in a Mayan ritual at Bacuranao beach in eastern Havana, on December 6, 2012. Mayan leaders are in Cuba delivering conferences and making ceremonies to celebrate the beginning of a new era.

Photo credit: Adalberto Roque/AFP/Getty Images

","short_text":"

Cubans participate in a Mayan ritual at Bacuranao beach in eastern Havana, on December 6, 2012. Mayan leaders are in Cuba delivering conferences and making ceremonies to celebrate the beginning of a new era.

Photo credit: Adalberto Roque/...Read More"},{"id":"10","created":"12/20/2012 1:55 PM EST","title":"8 Signs The Mayan Apocalypse Might Still Be Coming ","tweet_link":"10_8-signs-the-mayan-apocalypse-might-still-be-coming-","entry_text":"

The Mayan apocalypse might still be coming, Washington Post blogger Alexandra Petri warns. Petri points out eight telltale signs, such as \"most of us do not worship the Mayan gods, no doubt prompting vengeance,\" as reasons why the world may still come to an end.

","short_text":"

The Mayan apocalypse might still be coming, Washington Post blogger Alexandra Petri warns. Petri points out eight telltale signs, such as \"most of us do not worship the Mayan gods, no doubt prompting vengeance,\" as Read More"},{"id":"9","created":"12/20/2012 1:30 PM EST","title":"Top Chefs Prepare Doomsday Recipes","tweet_link":"9_top-chefs-prepare-doomsday-recipes","entry_text":"

As the world waits for its end, top chefs around the world put forward suggestions for the last supper from fresh mackerel to pizza, Today reports.

","short_text":"

As the world waits for its end, top chefs around the world put forward suggestions for the last supper from fresh mackerel to pizza, Today Read More"},{"id":"8","created":"12/20/2012 1:19 PM EST","title":"Vladimir Putin Rules Out End Of The World","tweet_link":"8_vladimir-putin-rules-out-end-of-the-world","entry_text":"

Russian President Vladimir Putin shrugged off Mayan doomsday predictions, saying he knows already \"when the the end of the world will come,\" the Telegraph reported.

\"It will be in 4.5 billion years approximately. As far as I remember, it is the system of the functioning of our sun.\"

","short_text":"Russian President Vladimir Putin shrugged off Mayan doomsday predictions, saying he knows already \"when the the end of the world will come,\" the Telegraph Read More"},{"id":"7","created":"12/20/2012 1:15 PM EST","title":"Soviet Bunker Hosts Doomsday Party","tweet_link":"7_soviet-bunker-hosts-doomsday-party","entry_text":"

Russians looking to escape the apocalypse can spend their last moments partying in a Cold War-era bunker in Moscow. Bunker No. 42, located 184 feet underground, will host a 24-hour party for anyone willing to pay $1,000 for a ticket.

Read more here.

","short_text":"

Russians looking to escape the apocalypse can spend their last moments partying in a Cold War-era bunker in Moscow. Bunker No. 42, located 184 feet underground, will host a 24-hour party for anyone willing to pay $1,000 for a ticket.

Read More"},{"id":"6","created":"12/20/2012 1:10 PM EST","title":"‘End Of The World’: Even The Bugarach Mountain Won’t Save You","tweet_link":"6_end-of-the-world-even-the-bugarach-mountain-wont-save-you","entry_text":"

French security officials have urged ‘end of the world’ fanatics not to visit the tiny southwest village of Bugarach, Euronews

\" target=\"_hplink\">reports. According to Internet rumors, alien spaceships will emerge from the peak to transport nearby humans to safety.

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French security officials have urged ‘end of the world’ fanatics not to visit the tiny southwest village of Bugarach, Euronews \n\" target=\"_...Read More"},{"id":"5","created":"12/20/2012 12:57 PM EST","title":"A Fitting Song?","tweet_link":"5_a-fitting-song","entry_text":"

\"swiftynz\"

@ swiftynz :

A fitting song for today ;) #endoftheworld http://t.co/UtglrtVa

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ swiftynz :\r\nA fitting song for today ;) #endoftheworld http://t.co/UtglrtVa\r\nRead More"},{"id":"4","created":"12/20/2012 12:38 PM EST","title":"Dating Site Capitalizes On End Times","tweet_link":"4_dating-site-capitalizes-on-end-times","entry_text":"

Popular dating site OkCupid emailed some users on Thursday morning with an urgent message:

As we all know, the world is ending 12/21. Why not find someone to spend your last moments with? As things heat up and the earth’s crust begins to melt, here’s a high match that would welcome your embrace — before your hearts burst into ash. Hey, better safe than sorry.

OkCupid emails: \"We’re screwed. You should be too!\" #endtimes twitter.com/quasimado/stat…

— Melissa Jeltsen (@quasimado) December 20, 2012

-- Melissa Jeltsen

","short_text":"

Popular dating site OkCupid emailed some users on Thursday morning with an urgent message:

As we all know, the world is ending 12/21. Why not find someone to spend your last moments with? As things heat up and the earth’s crust begi...Read More"},{"id":"3","created":"12/20/2012 12:37 PM EST","title":"The World Has Not Ended In New Zealand","tweet_link":"3_the-world-has-not-ended-in-new-zealand","entry_text":"

\"JonathanHuntFNC\"

@ JonathanHuntFNC :

#mayanapocalypse My brother reports from New Zealand, where it's already Dec 21, that the world has not ended. You're welcome.

","short_text":"\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n@ JonathanHuntFNC :\r\n#mayanapocalypse My brother reports from New Zealand, where it's already Dec 21, that the world ...Read More"},{"id":"2","created":"12/20/2012 12:32 PM EST","title":"Mayan Apocalypse? Not According to the Mayans","tweet_link":"2_mayan-apocalypse-not-according-to-the-mayans","entry_text":"

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