Serbia prepares for doomsday
End of the world theorists are flocking to a mountain in Serbia, as they believe it is the safest place in the world if tomorrow’s doomsday prediction comes to pass.
Hotels in the area are completely sold out, with hundreds of worried tourists travelling to Mount Rtanj, located in Serbia’s Carpathian mountain range.
They believe that the pyramid-shaped mountain contains a structure left behind by aliens that will protect them if the world ends tomorrow.
The ancient Mayans predicted that the world will come to an abrupt end on December 21st, 2012, the final day of their 5,125-year-old calendar.
Science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke referred to the mountain as “the navel of the world” and said that it has a “special energy”. People from all over the world have been looking for hotels rooms in the area according to manager of the Balasevic hotel Darko Jovic.
"We're booked out. People were even calling from the United States and we had to say 'no.' I couldn't even get a room for my own mother and sister,” he said.
Many locals have also decided to visit the mountain, which was cleared of snow by bulldozers in preparation for large crowds. Retired show-business promoter Dragan Milenkovic said that he is expecting aliens to return on Friday.
“On December 21, on the summit of Rtanj, we'll see a beautiful violet and red light that will engulf the planet for about five seconds and they will come," he said. "That will mark the beginning of a golden era that will last 1,345 years."
However, people travelling to the area will most likely be left disappointed, as Nasa says the world will not end tomorrow.
"There apparently is a great deal of interest in celestial bodies, and their locations and trajectories at the end of the calendar year 2012,” said Nasa senior research scientist Don Yeomans.
“Now, I for one love a good book or movie as much as the next guy, but the stuff flying around through cyberspace, TV and the movies is not based on science. There is even a fake Nasa news release out there."
Additional reporting: Reuters