The Mayans could not foretell their own mysterious demise more than 1000 years ago but, thoughtfully, they have predicted everyone else’s. The bad news is that day is widely-held as today, December 21, 2012.December 21, 2012 4:12am
The Mayan long count calendar, which has lasted for more than 5000 years, will stop today, in line with the December solstice.
Depending on what interpretations of the calendar’s predictions you subscribe to, the day heralds the start of a new era — perhaps a new astrological age ushered in by some unknown, cosmic force, or, if we’re really unlucky, an apocalyptic catastrophy.
Across the world, doomsdayers are preparing themselves in myriad bizarre ways.
‘Aliens in their spaceships’ are set to save those fortunate enough to have fled to the tiny French town of Bugarach.
About 150 police officers have blocked access to the town, which is located 60km from the Spanish border, and the mayor has pleaded to others not to come.
Believers say the town’s mountain is one of the few to be spared in the apocalypse, with suggestions that aliens in spaceships will emerge from within the mountain and save the humans.
In Turkey, the village of Sirince and its 600 inhabitants are set to host 60,000 visitors due to its ‘positive energy’ because some Christians believe it is close to where the Virgin Mary ascended to heaven.
More than 100 people have been arrested in China for spreading rumours about the world’s impending doom, while many families in America have installed asteroid-proof bunkers.
While the Riverine Herald remains fairly certain impending doom is highly unlikely, we’ve put together a convenient doomsday bucket list of things you might like to do in Echuca-Moama today in case the Earth gets snuffed:
A three vehicle collision is causing delays on the Midland Hwy, Tatura
More than 2200 people have signed up to show their support for a campaign to have the green route chosen for the new Yarrawonga Mulwala bridge.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
Goulburn Murray Cricket has allocated Echuca and Girgarre with joint C grade premierships after the clubs both agreed on the proposal.
A woman from Rochester has been jailed for breaching her bail conditions.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
A Seymour man has more cause than most to reflect on the price of war.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
The people of Heathcote and district chipped in more than $13,000 for the Food Friday Appeal and more donations are yet to be counted.
Barooga have completed a 117-point rout against Cobram in the Murray Football League's cross-river derby.
Deniliquin's Easter Sunday in the Park attracted about 200 people for the traditional family fun day.
Monitoring of the Murray River around the Barmah-Millewa Forest region in the past two spawning seasons has found larval Murray cod and Murray spiny crayfish in areas affected by the 2011 blackwater event.
Police are searching for a driver that rammed a Benalla police vehicle this morning.
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