'Apocalypse' Village to Media: You're the Problem
People in Bugarach can't wait for the 'end of the world' to end
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 24, 2012 4:07 PM CST
The peak of Bugarach, which some say inspired the mountain in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind."   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A mysterious online rumor has brought immense fame to a village in France—but for locals and visitors the biggest annoyance seems to be reporters who keep asking about it, the Guardian reports. The sleepy village of Bugarach is known as the one place destined to survive the Mayan "apocalypse" of December 21. Yet the predicted onslaught of tourists, hippies, and doomsayers has never materialized. In their place are TV crews from around the world who ask confused villagers for their opinion on Armageddon. "People who wanted a quiet holiday were put off by the media buzz," sighs the manager of a holiday cottage who dismisses the end times. "The Mayans couldn't even predict their own downfall, could they?"

Ironically many tourists visit the region for other esoteric reasons—like nearby Rennes-Le-Chateau, a medieval sect called the Cathars, and an oddly shaped mountain outside Bugarach that some say is a UFO landing pad. Few villagers seem to believe it, however, and the mayor finds the Mayans to be nothing more than an annoyance: "The Bugarach sign at the entrance to the village has been stolen for the third time—that costs a lot of money, you know," he says. "The village has always attracted people with esoteric beliefs, they were here before and they will come afterwards, but this is something quite different."

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Nov 25, 2012 12:36 AM CST
"The Mayans couldn't even predict their own downfall, could they?" ---- Brilliant man. If only followers of so many other organized superstitions could see reality like this man does.
Nov 24, 2012 8:57 PM CST
What could end the world is if Islamo terrorist get thier hands on the ultimate WMD! They will not hesitate too use it anywhere on anyone they see as a enemy!
Nov 24, 2012 5:59 PM CST
What is the logic behind saying this village in France will survive "The Apocalypse"? Why wouldn't people in other regions of the world survive, like say Okinawa or Sweden or even anywhere else?Why would there even be an apocalypse?