By Michael Evans.
Shanghai police warned residents this week not to believe the Mayan prophecy that the world will end later this month (that was never actually made by the Mayans themselves and only exists in the brains of idiots).
In a post on the city Public Security Bureau’s Weibo account, Shanghai police said that they had handled 25 apocalypse-related cases within the past 24 hours.
“‘The end of the world’ is pure rumour” the post concluded. “Don’t believe it, don’t get swindled.”
Belief in a coming cataclysm marking the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012 has taken Weibo by storm, and sparked panicked preparation across the country.
Rumours of an impending “three days of darkness” beginning on Dec. 21 led to panic buying of candles in a rural county in Sichuan earlier this week, according to the Shanghai Daily.
On Tuesday, the Global Times reported that a 54 year-old Nanjing woman took out a 1 million yuan mortgage on her home, worth 3 million yuan, planning to donate the money to underprivileged children, saying she hoped to “do something meaningful before the world ended.” [Ed: no-one tell her it’s not true, for the children]
Last month, a Xinjiang man made headlines around the world after he reportedly spent his life savings building a 65 foot ark to protect his family from doomsday floods.
Idiocy about the “impending” apocalypse isn’t confined to China. NASA astrobiologist David Morrison has been overrun with concerned emails about the prophecy, including from children so frightened by their impending doom that they’re considering suicide. Morrison even set up a website, hosted by NASA, calmly and completely debunking apocalyptic prophesies (TL;DR: the world isn’t going to end, idiot).