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French Village Offers Refuge from Apocalypse


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#1    questionmark

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 08:25 PM

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Only residents of Bugarach, a tiny French village at the foot of the Pyrenees, are supposed to survive the end of the world when the Mayan calendar ends on December 21. According to New Agers, the local mountain has magical powers as a gate between different worlds. With the supposed apocalypse just months away, the mayor of Bugarach fears that his town will be overrun with visitors.

Anyone who wants to see the birthplace of a new civilization has to travel to what seems like the end of the world. At the foot of the French Pyrenees, among twiggy bushes and dusty rocks, lies Bugarach. Just getting there alone is torture. A traveller must endure narrow, winding roads, offering little protection from the ravines below. All of a sudden, 20 kilometers (12.4 miles) from the destination, the pop song "Blow My Whistle" disappears from the radio and is replaced by a quiz show for housewives. The station is called "Nostalgia."

There are many reasons why the village, population 200, is a popular travel destination these days. Some come to go hiking, others to relax. And some come for a reason that lies completely beyond the earthly sphere. This year on December 21 the ancient Mayan calendar ends, and so end-of-the-world hysterics are once again obsessed with the idea of making it to the other side of the apocalypse.

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 11:24 PM

I'd rather go through the end of the world than France. lol


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 01:19 PM

HA! I'd rather spend my last days locked in a room with the Osmond family than spend it in an over crowded French village full of conspiracy theorists!


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:21 PM

...uhm well besides the last disturbing comment above...I won't be going anywhere near Bugarach


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 04:17 PM

Locked in a room with the Osmond family? What a horrible thought!


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 04:49 PM

Offering refuge for your dollars, more like.


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 07:12 PM

This made me think...

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"I don't want to tell anyone how to live, but when hundreds of people storm our village, we won't be able to guarantee public safety anymore."

Just imagined hundreds of poeple getting crushed to death in the village was considered to be the safest place to be during the apocolypse that didn't happen...

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to make me believe there's one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There's no mystical energy field that controls my destiny. Anyway, it's all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:07 PM

It is called insurance...

Edit: The Fronch understand insurance I hope...

Edited by Timonthy, 29 September 2012 - 08:08 PM.


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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:39 AM

I think I'll take my chances here and my money will be safer.


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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:43 AM

View PostEldorado, on 29 September 2012 - 04:49 PM, said:

Offering refuge for your dollars, more like.
lmao El, those cats in your avatar have me in stitches :lol:

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 02:55 AM

I'll write them a check that's redeemable on the 22nd. ;D

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 03:23 AM

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:59 AM

WouldnŽt be ironic if some storm or avalange or flood hits precisely that village on December 21st. IŽd be laughing my behind off thinking about those nutters.


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Posted 30 September 2012 - 11:31 AM

Whatever next...


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Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:27 PM

I like I will just stay in the USA sipping a good bottle of single malt





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