Believers in the Mayan apocalypse are flocking to various sites around the world, claiming the locations will protect them from the Earth’s destruction. With the Mayan apocalypse allegedly set to kick off on December 21st, supporters have poured into the Turkish village of Sirince, Mount Bugarach in France, Mount Rtanj in Serbia, and other locations around the world. Astronomers, historians, biologists, and every sane person around the world, however, knows there is no Mayan apocalypse.
In France, people attempted to flock to Pic de Bugarach — a site apocalypse believers say is the center of rumors about UFOs and mystical powers. They think the mountain will open up on doomsday, revealing an alien spacecraft that will carry people to safety. France shut the site down, however,
Other believers are reportedly flocking to Mount Rtanj a mountain in eastern Serbia, part of the Carpathian range, that has long been the subject of mythical lore. One legend claims the peak was once home to a wizard guarding a great treasure. “More recently, the pyramid shape of the mountain has been attributed to alien influence,” says Fox.
More people are amassing in Sirince, a small village in western Turkey, near the ancient Greek city of Ephesus. The tourists believe that Sirince’s “positive energy will save them from an apocalyptic catastrophe,” says the Huffington Post.
“Their calendar does not end on December 21, 2012; it’s just the end of the cycle and the beginning of a new one,” said Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/PL. “It’s just like on December 31, our calendar comes to an end, but a new calendar begins on January 1.”