Roland Emmerich has a lot to answer for. The United Nations, which has more important things to be dealing with, has had to take to Weibo to reassure
idiots concerned netizens that the organisation is not distributing tickets for a secret ark on which humanity’s elite will survive the apocalypse.
“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”.
If you’re looking for something in which to survive the apocalypse, there’s a man in Hebei who has some giant balls he wants to sell you.
Update #1: Here are the ‘tickets’ in questions, via Business Insider.