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:
Numurkah District Health Service chief executive Jacqueline Phillips is the recipient of a Medal of the Order of Australia for her service to community health.
Some of Australia’s best kayakers were in Yarrawonga on Sunday at the annual Yarrawonga-Mulwala Canoe Club’s Murray River Classic kayak race.
Volunteers at St Vincent de Paul in Tatura continue to be dismayed at the amount of unsuitable items dumped at the centre in Francis St.
When the wall is in sight, swimmer Nash Ramage finds that little bit extra.
Vandals have uprooted trees along the Campaspe River, leaving Rochester River Reserve Committee president Paul Poort furious and devastated.
Bianca Chatfield to speak at Kyabram Sportstar of the Year
Alan McLean looks back at Seymour's history of larrikings, louts and bushfires.
New tourism venture, Old Woperana Working Farm and Animal Nursery, is now open to the public.
Warm weather during the Christmas/New Year period saw large crowds enjoy facilities at the region’s major water storages.
Cobram bowler Chris Taylor has been bowling all along Australia’s east coast, and all for a good cause.
The Free family were overwhelmed when stolen fishing equipment was returned to them on Monday night.
SPC Ardmona’s managing director Peter Kelly will end his association with the company when his two-year commitment to the job expires at the end of March.
Salvation Army Benalla Majors Heather and Peter Ellis have relocated to Melbourne.
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