Guardian: Russian president Vladimir Putin says the world will end 4.5 billion years later than the alleged 2012 Mayan date.
"I know when the end of the world will come," Putin said with his usual confidence during a press conference on Thursday. "When?" asked a nervous journalist. "In about 4.5bn years," he replied. Sighs of relief were breathed across Russia.
Yet the prophecy may have come too late. Around the world, people were flocking to sites touted as apocalypse-proof in hopes of avoiding the end of the world supposedly predicted by the Mayans thousands of years ago. In anticipation of an end-of-the-world influx, French gendarmes were dispatched to the village of Bugarach at the foot of the French Pyrenees, rumoured to be home to a giant UFO ready to whisk people to safety.