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The end is nigh; it’s time for survival mode and maybe a little fun

The Canadian Red Cross gets the sense that some of you aren't taking the apocalypse seriously.

"Earth's inhabitants again face the prospect of a calamitous end of the world," Denis Dion, the national director of disaster management says in a press release. "Two-thirds of Canadians say they have not taken steps to prepare for a disaster."

Survival preparation for doomsdayTens of thousands of people believe that 5000 years ago the ancient Mayan astrologers predicted that the world will end tomorrow.

Then the statement becomes all reasonable and suggests Canadians should always keep water and food on supply in case of real threats, such as natural disasters and epidemics.

Sound advice from a credible organization. But the imaginary, neurotic, mostly fueled-by-Internet-rumour kind of threat is far more interesting.


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So on that note, it's time for drastic measures to survive the apocalypse. A small hamlet in France may have a safe-haven, though as the day progresses it looks more like a town full of journalists and angry villagers.

Rumours that Bugarach, France will be spared from ruin at the end of the world have drawn enough international media to outnumber the locals, according to Reuters. There are myths that Bugarach is Jesus' burial site or that a nearby mountain shelters an alien spaceship.

The mayor of Bugarach is telling everyone to please, please stay away before someone gets hurt.

The residents of Rtanj, Serbia, are cashing in on similar rumours. A mountain swallowed a sorcerer, so the story goes, and now the town has magical powers.

Russia will open an underground bunker designed to withstand a nuclear attack to those willing to pay $1500. The price includes a party and membership to the post-apocalyptic society. All 1000 tickets have reportedly sold out.

Canada's own Diefenbunker won't save you, sadly, because it's only hosting an event on Dec. 22 to celebrate surviving the apocalypse.

Those opening the doors to their magical towns and bunkers no doubt have the same genuine concern for public safety as the Red Cross, just less of a grip on sanity or better financial sense. Or maybe they're right. Cue dramatic music.