Here’s an interesting story from the New Yawk Times.
MOSCOW — There are scattered reports of unusual behavior from across Russia’s nine time zones.
Inmates in a women’s prison near the Chinese border are said to have experienced a “collective mass psychosis” so intense that their wardens summoned a priest to calm them. In a factory town east of Moscow, panicked citizens stripped shelves of matches, kerosene, sugar and candles. A huge Mayan-style archway is being built — out of ice — on Karl Marx Street in Chelyabinsk in the south.
For those not schooled in New Age prophecy, there are rumors the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012, when a 5,125-year cycle known as the Long Count in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close. Russia, a nation with a penchant for mystical thinking, has taken notice. 
In another story from the NYT, it appears that some entrepreneurs of the Internet have been selling tickets to a remote mountain area in France, which has been advertised to be the only safe place in Europe during the Mayan Apocalypse December 21, 2012. Yes, it seems people are stupid and craven enough to buy tickets from people who are going to die in the apocalypse. I can guess what these folks will tell the UFO God responsible for rescuing them: “Oh, yeah. I got lucky. Some sucker sold me a ticket when he could have saved one for himself, haw, haw, haw!”
There are some pretty gullible people in this world.
 ELLEN BARRY, Published: December 1, 2012 © 2012 The New York Times Company