Rumors and speculation spread by doomsday cults have turned the small farming community of Bugarach, France, into an apocalypse destination. Anyone in the vicinity of the town’s nearby Pic de Bugarach will supposedly be spared on December 21, 2012, the date of the Mayan Apocalypse, when aliens emerge from the mountain and rescue anyone in the vicinity.
While the village’s 176 residents may not believe this, they are more than willing to accommodate those who do. As UFO watchers and Armageddon tourists flock to the town, locals are selling everything they can, from chunks of Pic de Bugarach’s rock face to water from the local spring at $20 a bottle. One landowner is even renting his house overlooking the peak for over $1,500 per night. “I possess a rare asset,” he told a local paper. “The land of immortality.”
Bugarach mayor Jean Pierre Delord has requested additional police presence in the town to help deal with the influx of tourists, many of whom have attempted to climb the mountain.
Via The Daily Mail