Doomsday Phobia Spreads as Some Prepare for End of Times

Reports from China indicate that people are doing some unorthodox things in preparation for the supposed end of days that is expected to occur later this month when the Mayan calendar ends.

Since the disaster movie "2012" starring John Cusack was seen by people in China in 2009, there have been several reports of people believing such predictions to be true. In response, they have done some unusual things leading up to what they believe will be the end of days.

One of the many reports of people preparing for Dec. 21 includes the wife of a university professor in Nanjing, the capital of the Jiangsu province, who collected all of her savings and borrowed money from friends and family. She donated it to poor children so that they might enjoy their last few days. She was able to collect nearly $400,000 dollars before family members stepped in, according to reports from Asia Times.

The women reportedly told local media that when her family stepped in she explained that since the world was about to end she had no need for worldly possessions.

Another person in the rural area of Xinjiang reportedly spent his family's entire life savings to build an "ark" to provide safety for his family when the end of the world comes.

The Mayan prophecy states that on Dec. 21 a great apocalypse will occur ending the Earth as we know it. There have been several groups on the Internet that have emerged that have been providing information for anyone who wants to know how to survive the supposed end of mankind.

It is thought a recent 3D screening of the movie 2012 took place in China and spurred an increase in people making rash preparations for the end of civilization.

Here in the United States, some people are just as worried about the potential for the world to end in a little over a week, and have taken some extreme measures to ensure their survival.

NASA has been flooded with inquiries from people across the nation asking what they can do to best prepare themselves if the world should end. They have gotten so many responses that they produced a video where scientists explain that the world will not end on Dec. 21.

"I can tell them there is absolutely nothing to be worried about. But I am in no position to provide psychiatric advice ... it's purely a fantasy," NASA scientist David Morrison told Yahoo. "It amazes me you can get so much … I sense that some of these people are into the conspiracy issues."

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