What do the Mayan Apocalypse, China and jail have in common?
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What do the Mayan Apocalypse, China and jail have in common?

Beijing : China | Dec 19, 2012 at 6:15 AM PST
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Don’t talk about the end of the world in China or you could have three square meals, a roof over your head and 90 new friends—perhaps a bit too close for comfort. Yes, it’s true: More than 90 Chinese residents have received a trip to the joint for spreading rumors about the “Mayan Apocalypse.”

The Dec. 19 Sydney Morning Herald article "China alert to doomsday rumors" reveals this information, along with other interesting facts.

Dec. 21 is the big day for the end of this world as we know it, according to the Mayan calendar. Some think the wildly popular movie “2012” shown in China three years ago, spurred the rush for doomsday preppers in the region.

Many in the Asian country are not about to take any chances, so they’re filling shopping carts with candles, of all things. Candles? I know, huh? It sounds rather odd to stock up on paraffin with wicks if the supposed end times are about to take place.

Apparently, the rumor spreaders believe the beginning of the end will take place with three days of darkness, which is expected to blanket them starting Friday. So, not wanting to be left in the dark, they’re ready to go with their tapers in hand, I guess. Do they want to watch themselves die in a romantic setting? I'm still trying to make sense of their retail purchases…

But wait, there’s more! How about a “survival pod”? Not your average bug-out pad, this one comes complete with food, water and just in case of a real emergency, you will also receive oxygen all for the low price of $46,000. But that’s not all—no, there aren’t any air bags, but the creator does include seat belts. Can you see the headline? “One dead: Not wearing seatbelt Friday.”

Even members of a church found themselves cuffed for adding to the final day’s panic. Church of the Almighty God from the Qinghai province gave up 37 of its members to authorities so they could all unite in the slammer.

Congregates aren’t just planning for the end, they’re taking a political stand against the dictatorship by calling for a destruction of the “Big Red Dragon," another name for their Communist Party, according to the Syndney Morning Herald article.

Geesh, haven’t the Chinese learned not to mess with their rulers? Apparently, these church folks do truly believe their days are numbered because if the world doesn’t end, it could get pretty ugly for them to face their government—they’ll be wishing their candles got snuffed out the Mayan way!

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Stephanie Ealy is based in Tacoma, Washington, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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