Mankind is waiting for the end of the world, which, according to the Mayan calendar, is supposed to take place in a month time. Needless to say that this is not the first end of the world, which we can experience. Astrologers and fortune-tellers have repeatedly warned of the end of the human civilization that was supposed to take place this century. The end of the world was expected, for instance, with the advent of the new Millennium and with the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, RBC Ukraine reports.
Meanwhile, more than two hundred Russians decided to get married on the day when the world should end. In Krasnoyarsk for example, 112 couples set the wedding ceremony on 21/12/12. A boom of weddings is expected on this day, taking into account the symbolism of the moment.
"End of the World" is one of the most popular searches on the Internet, and enterprising people do business on attractive fears. Trips to Mexico - in the heart of apocalypse - are especially popular these days. In 2012, Mexico will receive 52 million tourists, which will mark an increase of 12 million than last year.
In Transcarpathia, people try to survive the "doomsday" in a VIP-bunker, the only military-style hotel in Ukraine and the CIS, built on the foundation of the WWII bunker, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports. However, the VIP bunker accepts orders for New Year celebrations - the first one will take place on December 22.
On the Internet, one can buy T-shirts and watches with doomsday symbols and Mayan pictograms. A Russian coupon website offers to purchase an indulgence before the apocalypse for $16. Thus, people can get a "ticket to Paradise."
In Simferopol, one can attend free courses to get ready for the end of the world. Leaflets with the invitation to the lectures are distributed in the city center. The organizer of the courses says that he has up to 15 people attending. "I want to explain to people that they have to take it easy and that they shouldn't panic," the man said. In his view, before December 21 people should stock up with water, candles and matches, because "there will be no electricity."
At the same time, the finding of archaeologists from the Boston University leaves no stone unturned in the apocalyptic versions. In the jungles of Guatemala, researchers found a more ancient Mayan calendar for 7,000 years ahead, which contained no mention of the 2012 doomsday.
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea