A Chinese farmer, fearing the coming apocalypse predicted on the Mayan calendar, has developed an updated version of Noah's Ark.
Liu Qiyuan, a farmer in Qiantun, China is amongst many who fear this coming Friday, December 21st. The date has become a source of controversy with many believing that a catastrophic event will occur; some believe that it could mark the end of the world, as we know it. For many the story resembles the story of Noah's Ark in the bible, creating a surge of Noah Ark copycats.
But Liu Qiyuan has decided to develop a new invention for the coming Mayan prediction. Made of fiberglass casings over a steel frame, Liu had created seven pods worth over $48,000 each. They come equipped: with "oxygen tanks, food, water supplies, and seatbelts" according to RT.com.
"The pod won't have any problems even if there are 1,000 meter high waves, its like a ping pong ball, its skin may be thin but it can withstand a lot of pressure," Liu, told the Associated Free Press from his workshop outside Beijing. "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
Liu said he was inspired by the film "2012" which is a Hollywood portrayal of the prediction based on the Mayan calendar. He added that the fiber insulation could help people to survive temperatures in the North Pole without "freezing."
"If there really is some kind of apocalypse then you could say I've made a contribution to the survival of humanity," Liu said according to RT.
An Ipsos-Reuters study has revealed that over 20 percent of the population in China believes in the predicted Apocalypse. Other countries have proved to be more skeptical. Despite his inventiveness, Liu has still nicknamed the pods "Noah's Ark."