This doomsday crap is getting out of hand. 45-year-old Liu Qiyuan, in Qiantun, Hebei Province, has spend upwards of 2 million yuan building seven giant ‘tsunami-proof survival pods’ in which he and his family with live out the impending apocalypse.
The AFP spoke with Liu about his creation:
“The pod won’t have any problems even if there are 1 000m-high waves… it’s like a ping pong ball, its skin may be thin, but it can withstand a lot of pressure,” he said at his workshop in Qiantun, an hour from Beijing.
Liu’s seven completed or under-construction pods, made using a fibreglass casing over a steel frame, have cost him $48 000 each, he says, and are equipped with oxygen tanks, food and water supplies.
They also come with seat belts, essential for staying safe in storms, Liu said, strapping himself into position before his assistants shook the sphere vigorously from outside.
“The pods are designed to carry 14 people at a time, but it’s possible for 30 people to survive inside for at least two months,” he said.
Liu says he was inspired to build the pods by the Roland Emmerich helmed, cinematic-abortion that is 2012; and though the original reason behind the pods was an incredibly stupid one, they would make an awesome set for a low-budget apocalyptic B-movie.
While we thoroughly advise that everyone stay off Facebook and Twitter on December 21st (as it will be the most annoying day to be online, worse even than all that 12/12/12 crap), anyone particularly plagued by 2012 conspiracy nuts should make this video the last communication you have with them.