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.
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:
Goulburn Valley Health’s renal patients have seven new hand-sewn quilts to call their own.
The winning form continued for the Mulwala seniors against Deniliquin at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Tatura Hospital and Parkvilla Aged Care Facility, part of Goulburn Valley Health, held its annual June Hospital Collection and Open Day on Sunday with a small crowd in attendance.
Murray and Campaspe shire have decided to withdraw membership from Committee for Echuca-Moama.
Rochester Motorsport Complex will host the third round of the Golden Power Series karting championships on the weekend.
Kyabram’s first tourism booklet is to be launched in late September.
Seymour College P-4 students delight in their new surroundings.
Berrigan and Jerilderie Shires will be in separate state electorates if boundary redistributions announced on Monday come in to effect.
Heathcote Health is finalising its service plan.
Barooga Sports Club chief executive officer Greg Ryan recently celebrated 30 years of service surrounded by friends, family and past and present staff.
Former AFL player Heath Black sent an inspiring message to Deniliquin youths last week.
Goulburn Valley fruit growers may face a battle against pests and diseases this season as growers hit by SPC Ardmona’s fruit cutbacks abandon their orchards or can’t find money to properly maintain them.
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