Mayan doomsday 2012
According to the ancient Mayan civilisation, December 21, 2012, represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan long count calendar that begins in the year 3114 BC. It is the completion of 5,200 years counted in 13 baak t’uunes, a unit of time. One baak t’uune is equivalent to 144,000 days, or roughly 400 years. Doomsday believers expect a cataclysmic event to occur that day and end the world.
UN denies selling China doomsday ark tickets
Agence France-Presse in Beijing
The United Nations has denied distributing tickets for an ark to save people from the apocalypse, it said on a Chinese social networking site on Friday.
“The United Nations sincerely has not issued any boat tickets,” said a post on the UN’s verified account on Sina Weibo – a website similar to Twitter – above pictures of passes onto the ark which sport the organisation’s name and logo.
The novelties, titled “United Nations 2012 China Tibetan Noah’s Ark tickets”, are widely available on Chinese auction websites and each retail for around 10 yuan (US$1.60) – although their face value is 10 billion yuan.
They went on sale ahead of a Mayan prophecy that the world could come to an abrupt end on December 21.
One ticket stated that ark boarding would take place “at the departure port 15 minutes before the close”.
Doomsday predictions have been widely discussed in China, thanks in part to the success of the Hollywood film “2012”, which depicted a Chinese-built apocalypse ark and set box office records in the world’s most populous country.