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China: even the apocalypse is on lockdown

“While there does seem to a very real public safety risk posed by this group and others like it in China, it also doesn’t hurt the Party to let everybody know it’s still in charge and that it doesn’t pay to spit at the throne,” said George Chang, a sociologist as National Taiwan University.

End of the world rumors lead to arrests in China

Think circulating the latest end of the world rumors is harmless? Not in China, where authorities have arrested over 500 people for spreading word about the world's impending apocalypse.

All about fallout shelters: wait out the impending apocalypse in style

Worried about the impending end of the world? Here's GlobalPost's unofficial guide to fallout shelters, from buying them to successfully residing in one after the end-times come.
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Farmer Liu Qiyuan (C) and his daughter sit inside one of seven survival pods that he has also dubbed 'Noah's Arc', in a yard at his home in the village of Qiantun, Hebei province, south of Beijing on December 11, 2012. Inspired by the apocalyptic Hollywood movie '2012' and the 2004 Asian tsunami, Liu hopes that his creations consisting of a fibreglass shell around a steel frame will be adopted by government departments and international organisations for use in the event of tsunamis and earthquakes. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
Want to survive the apocalypse? Well, you're going to need a fallout shelter. Here's some wonderful options and instructions for your very own home-away-from-unspeakable horror.
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How to survive the end of the world

SIRINCE, Turkey — For most of us, if you believe the doomsday theory, the world will end on Dec. 21. The whole world, that is, except two small, seemingly random villages.

Julia Gillard, Australia's Prime Minister, jokes about the end of the world (VIDEO)

Julia Gillard predicts "flesh-eating zombies, demonic hell-beasts, or the total triumph of K-Pop" will destroy the earth as we know it.
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<> on January 10, 2012 in Gatton, Australia. January 10 marks the one year anniversary of the inland tsunami that devestated southern Queensland's Lockyer valley killing 23 people. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Julia Gillard, Australia's Prime Minister, has announced the end of the world.
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World not ending in 2012, US government says (VIDEO)

NASA receives “thousands” of letters worried about the world’s end, from some contemplating suicide.

Russia attempts to quell end-of-the-world panic

Russians are increasingly jittery about the supposed end of the world on December 21, 2012.
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10. The Rapture (May 21, 2011): Activists who believed that 'Judgement Day' would occur on May 21, 2011, spread their word near Manhattan City hall in New York on May 12, 2011. Minister and evangelical broadcaster based in California Harold Camping, 89, predicted the end of the world, pointing to mathematical clues in the Bible as the source of his prediction and had his many followers and some 2,000 billboards announcing the event. On May 21, according to Camping, all true Christians should have been taken to heaven while those left behind suffered through cataclysms until the end of the universe, predicted to be October 21, 2011. (Emmanuel Dunand /AFP/Getty Images)
Russians are getting increasingly panicked about the end of the world, which according to the Mayan calendar is fast-approaching on December 21, 2012.
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Guatemala invites Elton John, U2, Sting and more for 'end of the world' party

If the world is going to end, why not spend your last day on Earth in sunny Guatemala?
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The crystal-coated skeletal remains of a human a sacrifice in Aktun Tunichil Muknal, a cave in the Cayo district of Belize. (Joshua Berman/GlobalPost)
If the world is going to end, why not spend your last day on Earth in sunny Guatemala?
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New discovery casts doubt on Mayan calendar doomsday (VIDEO)

A king known as Jaguar Paw suggested his rule was synonymous with the 13th bak’tun that ends on Dec. 21, 2012.
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