By Judy Berman
Will your end-of-days party be catered? Or, do you have a safe-cave you plan to retreat to?
There’s no reason to go all Neanderthal on us. You can celebrate the end of the world on Dec. 21st in style in the quaint little village of Bugarach. It’s the only site designated as one that will survive the Apocalypse.
Savvy residents of that French mountain community are offering a quiet retreat for $1,200 a night. You can toast the fiery end of the world with a bottle of “End of the-World” wine.
Should that prediction not pan out. That same bottle of wine will be available, relabeled as “Survival Wine,” at a more reasonable price the following day, according to the Daily Mail Online.
Of course, there’s that pesky rumor that mars this idyllic site. Some believe that the mountain “is the site of a concealed alien base, or even that it contains an underground access to another world,” the Daily Mail Online reports.
The very thought that this Mayan prophecy will come true has caused some folks in Russia to panic. They’re clearing the grocery shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles. They are among those that believe this year’s winter solstice marks the end of a 144,000-day cycle.
This prophecy is based on the ancient Mayan calendar, “when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close,” said a Dec. 1st story in The New York Times.
Some believers are taking this seriously and that worries Leonid Ogul, a doctor and a member of the Russian Parliament’s environmental committee. He’s concerned that all this talk about still another end-of-the world scenario will have a negative affect on some folks’ mental and physical health.
NASA scientist David Morrison has been kept busy by people contacting him for word about the end times.
“One touching letter was simply, ‘My best friend is my little dog. Please tell me when I should put her to sleep so she won’t suffer in the apocalypse.’ ” Morrison said in an interview with KGO-TV in Mountain View, Calif. “I’m disturbed by letters from kids who are afraid. I think that is the worst part of this hoax. And it is a hoax.”
“Morrison is a scientist, not a historian, but he’s done some research, and says the same ancient Mayans who created that calendar also prophesized some events to happen 300 to 500 years from now, meaning even they didn’t think the world was coming to an end,” the report said.
Despite his reassurances, the rumors persist. One prediction is no sooner put to bed than another rises to replace it.
So, what should YOU do if it’s true? If you’re a camera buff, this is the perfect opportunity to catch that once-in-a-lifetime environmental shot in a unique setting. In a video posted below, photographer Dan Havlik offers some tips for picture-taking for the upcoming Apocalypse.
Before I head for the hills, I’ll pass on one of Havlik’s tips. He recommended going to a high place, like a mountain, for the best vantage point. If you’re in a tight spot, confronted by an alien or dragon, your camera equipment can always double as weapons. So, Havlik advises that you be prepared.
And, if you miss this shot, there’ll always be another Apocalypse somewhere down the line. We never seem to run out of them, or of people willing to take advantage of the gullible and innocent.
P.T. Barnum, a 19th-century showman and master of hucksterism, said it best, “Every crowd has a silver lining.”
Just make sure you’re not the one getting fleeced.
Video: Photographer Dan Havlik shares photo tips for the upcoming Apocalypse http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2012/12/07/hilarious-video-offers-tips-on-how-to-photograph-the-coming-mayan-apocalyps
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Main Photo: Mayan Calendar – An acient Mayan Calendar, which is made up of 394-periods called baktuns, predicts that Doomsday is on Dec. 21st. DailyMail: “The Only Place That Will Survive the Mayan Apocalpyse” http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242176/Bugarach-Town-set-survive-Mayan-Apocalypse-cracks-open-End-World-wine.html
NASA Scientist David Morrison has a big job. http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/bizarre&id=8900498
Photo: The mountain community of Bugarach. Taken by ArnoLagrange on Jan. 20, 2008 http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/1/1e/Bugarach_vue_g%C3%A9n%C3%A9rale.jpg/640px-Bugarach_vue_g%C3%A9n%C3%A9rale.jpg