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Mayan Apocalypse: The World Awaits
From China to Russia to Mexico to California, hundreds of thousands are getting ready for what is supposed to be the end of the world.
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FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2012 file photo, people raise their hands during a ceremony by Mayan sages in Bacuranao, Cuba. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. In Mexico's Mayan heartland, nobody is preparing for the end of the world; instead, they're bracing for a tsunami of spiritual visitors. Jose Manrique Esquivel, a descendent of the Maya, said his community in Mexico's Yucatan peninsula sees the date as a celebration of their survival despite centuries of genocide and oppression. He blamed profiteers looking to scam the gullible for stoking doomsday fears. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)
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In this photo taken Nov. 24, 2012, Lu Zhenghai, right, stands inside his ark-like vessel under construction in China's northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Lu Zhenghai is one of at least two men in China predicting a world-ending flood, come Dec. 21, the fateful day many believe the Maya set as the conclusion of their 5,125-year long-count calendar. Zhenghai has spent his life savings building the 70-foot-by-50-foot vessel powered by three diesel engines, according to state media. In Mexico's Mayan heartland, nobody is preparing for the end of the world; instead, they're bracing for a tsunami of spiritual visitors. (AP Photo/ANPF-Chen Jiansheng)

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People participate in a ceremony marking the end of a Mayan calendar cycle held by Mayan sages on the beach in Bacuranao, Cuba, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012. The ceremony in Bacuranao took place two weeks before Dec. 21, 2012, when a more than 5,000-year period of the Mayan calendar ends. "The 21st is for giving thanks and gratitude and the 22nd welcomes the new cycle, a new dawn," said Mayan Sage Pedro Celestino Yac Noj. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)
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This June 24, 2011 photo shows the Bugarach mountain peak in southern France. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. The Internet has helped feed the frenzy, spreading rumors that a mountain in the French Pyrenees is hiding an alien spaceship that will be the sole escape from the destruction. French authorities are blocking access to Bugarach peak from Dec. 19-23 except for the village's 200 residents "who want to live in peace," the local prefect said in a news release. (AP Photo)
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2011 file photo, Mayan priests pray during a ceremony marking the Mayan solar new year in Guatemala City. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. The Maya didn't say much about what would happen next, but into that void have rushed occult writers, bloggers and New Age visionaries foreseeing all manner of monumental change. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

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Foliage frames the Bugarach mountain peak in southern France, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. The Internet has helped feed the frenzy, spreading rumors that a mountain in the French Pyrenees is hiding an alien spaceship that will be the sole escape from the destruction. French authorities are blocking access to Bugarach peak from Dec. 19-23 except for the village's 200 residents "who want to live in peace," the local prefect said in a news release. (AP Photo/Nicolas Garriga)

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In this photo taken Nov. 24, 2012, Lu Zhenghai, right, walks near his ark-like vessel in China's northwest Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Lu Zhenghai is one of at least two men in China predicting a world-ending flood, come Dec. 21, the fateful day many believe the Maya set as the conclusion of their 5,125-year long-count calendar. Zhenghai has spent his life savings building the 70-foot-by-50-foot vessel powered by three diesel engines, according to state media. In Mexico's Mayan heartland, nobody is preparing for the end of the world; instead, they're bracing for a tsunami of spiritual visitors. (AP Photo/ANPF-Chen Jiansheng)

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FILE - In this June 19, 2011 file photo, Maya Indian Jose Erenesto Campos prays during a Maya ceremony in honor of the upcoming summer solstice at the Maya archeological site of Tazumal in Chalchuapa, El Salvador. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. In Mexico's Mayan heartland, nobody is preparing for the end of the world; instead, they're bracing for a tsunami of spiritual visitors. Even the U.S. space agency NASA intervened, posting a nearly hour-long YouTube video debunking apocalyptic points one by one. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)

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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: A sign, reading 'The end of the world, is here', advertises a restaurant in Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Tourists visit Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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Mayan priests attend a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. A chorus of books and movies tried to link the Mayan calendar to rumors of impending disasters ranging from rogue black holes and sun-storms to the idea that the Earth's magnetic field could 'flip' on that date. Archaeologists says there is no evidence the Maya ever made any such prophesy. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: The gendarmerie control Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Backpackers arrive in Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Gendarmerie on horseback control Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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Donaciana Cupul cooks in her home, a traditional stucture, in the Mayan community of Hidalgo in Yucatan state, Mexico Friday, Dec. 14, 2012. Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be. In their heartland on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, Mayas continue their daily lives. Many still live simply in thatched, oval, mud-and-stick houses designed mostly for natural air-conditioning against the oppressive heat of the Yucatan, where they plant corn, harvest oranges and raise pigs. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: A backpacker arrives in Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: The gendarmerie control Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise on a road to Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Gendarmerie officers, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, on patrol in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: A tourist paints a landscape in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Members of the world's media descend on Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: A TV camera man shoots towards the mountains in Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: The sun rises over Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: A tourist paints a landscape in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Tourists visit Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Gendarmerie officers, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, on patrol in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People camp in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People camp in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People gather at dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People gather at dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People gather at dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People gather at dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People gather at dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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People walk past a model meant to represent a UFO hanging outside a window in the town of Bugarach, France, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day. The sleepy town of Bugarach, nestled in the French Pyrenees mountains, is bracing for the arrival of hundreds of New Age enthusiasts and UFO believers that want to witness the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

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A Mayan priest prepares candles for a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. A chorus of books and movies tried to link the Mayan calendar to rumors of impending disasters ranging from rogue black holes and sun-storms to the idea that the Earth's magnetic field could 'flip' on that date. Archaeologists says there is no evidence the Maya ever made any such prophesy. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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A Mayan priest lights a fire at the start of a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun, in Guatemala City Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. A chorus of books and movies tried to link the Mayan calendar to rumors of impending disasters ranging from rogue black holes and sun-storms to the idea that the Earth's magnetic field could 'flip' on that date. Archaeologists says there is no evidence the Maya ever made any such prophesy. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)
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FILE - In this March 20, 2010 file photo, a man performs a ritual as he looks toward the descent of the Kukulkcan serpent, whose image is seen illuminated along the edge of the stairs of the Mayan Chichen Itza pyramid, during the Spring equinox in Chichen Itza, Mexico. A chorus of books and movies tried to link the Mayan calendar to rumors of impending disasters ranging from rogue black holes and sun-storms to the idea that the Earth's magnetic field could 'flip' on that date. Archaeologists says there is no evidence the Maya ever made any such prophesy. (AP Photo/Israel Leal, File)

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This Dec. 14, 2012 photo shows a detail of a replica of the Sixth Monument, which mentions the 13th Baktun, the end of a major 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan Long Count calendar, on display at the Mayan Museum in Cancun. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity calm _ the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: A tourist paints a landscape in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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A Mayan dancer performs at the Xcaret Eco Theme Park on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity, the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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A Mayan dancer performs at the Xcaret Eco Theme Park on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity, the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
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Mayan dancers perform at the Xcaret Eco Theme Park on the outskirts of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity, the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 photo, tourists descend the pyramid after climbing to its apex at the archeological site in Coba, Mexico. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity ó the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 photo, tourists climb the pyramid at the archeological site in Coba, Mexico. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity ó the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
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Tourists stand in the ruins of the Kohunlich archeological site near Chetumal, Mexico, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity ó the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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A man dressed as a Mayan warrior delivers a life certificate for one million dollars, to be paid in case the world comes to an end to an unidentified couple, as they pose for a photo at the Xcaret theme park in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity calm: the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)
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A man shows "Before Doomsday" application on his phone, in a Belgrade cafe, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: A sign, reading 'The end of the world, is here', advertises a restaurant in Bugarath, the small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Gendarmerie officers, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, on patrol in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: An pyramid shaped object lies in a field in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: An pyramid shaped object lies in a field in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Sun rise in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Tourists visit Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2011 file photo, Mayan priests pray during a ceremony marking the Mayan solar new year in Guatemala City. From Russia to California, thousands are preparing for the fateful day, when many believe a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to an end. The Maya didn't say much about what would happen next, but into that void have rushed occult writers, bloggers and New Age visionaries foreseeing all manner of monumental change. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)

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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: People gather at dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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People work on a roof backdropped by the Pic de Bugarach mountain in the town of Bugarach, France, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day. The sleepy town of Bugarach, nestled in the French Pyrenees mountains, is bracing for the arrival of hundreds of New Age enthusiasts and UFO believers that want to witness the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

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Stefano Ariu, a Dutch artist, puts the finishing touches to his painting depicting the Pic de Bugarach mountain in the town of Bugarach, France, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day. The sleepy town of Bugarach, nestled in the French Pyrenees mountains, is bracing for the arrival of hundreds of New Age enthusiasts and UFO believers that want to witness the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

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A dog plays with a tennis ball backdropped by the Pic de Bugarach mountain in the town of Bugarach, France, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day. The sleepy town of Bugarach, nestled in the French Pyrenees mountains, is bracing for the arrival of hundreds of New Age enthusiasts and UFO believers that want to witness the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Speleologists of gendarmerie, a French paramilitary with civillian duties, inspect caves in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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Two men converse in the town of Bugarach, France, Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. The clock is ticking down to Dec. 21, the supposed end of the Mayan calendar, and from China to California to Mexico, thousands are getting ready for what they think is going to be a fateful day. The sleepy town of Bugarach, nestled in the French Pyrenees mountains, is bracing for the arrival of hundreds of New Age enthusiasts and UFO believers that want to witness the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

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Mayan priests pray during a ceremony at the Kaminal Juyu archeological site, in preparation for the Oxlajuj B'aktun, in Guatemala City, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. The Oxlajuj B'aktun is on Dec. 21, marking a new period in the Mayan calendar, an event only comparable in recent times with the new millennium in 2000. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity calm: the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Decorations at dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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BUGARACH, FRANCE - DECEMBER 20: Dusk in Bugarath, a small village in the foothills of the Pyrenees on December 20, 2012 in Bugarach, France. Miviludes, the French Government's dedicated sect watchdog, are investigating the likelihood of apocalyptic sect activity or ritualised suicides due to the prophecy of an ancient Mayan calendar which also claims that Burgarach is the only place on Earth which will be saved from the apocalypse on the evening of December 21, 2012. (Photo by Patrick Aventurier/Getty Images)
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Tourists get their picture taken next to a slab of stone counting down the days until Dec. 21, 2012 at the Xcaret theme park in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity calm: the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. Mexico's 800,000 Mayas are not the sinister, secretive, apocalypse-obsessed race they've been made out to be. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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In this Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 photo, tourists climb the pyramid at the archeological site in Coba, Mexico. Amid a worldwide frenzy of advertisers and new-agers preparing for a Maya apocalypse, one group is approaching Dec. 21 with calm and equanimity ó the people whose ancestors supposedly made the prediction in the first place. (AP Photo/Israel Leal)

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