The end of the world as we know it? Don’t count on it.
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The New York Times has reported a number of occurrences of odd behavior all across Russia. Reports from a women’s prison near Russia’s border with China say inmates experienced a “collective mass psychosis.” The episode was apparently so severe that the wardens of the prison had to bring in priests in order to calm the inmates down. Just east of Moscow, Russian citizens in a small factory town rushed to local stores by all of the matches, kerosene, sugar, and candles available. In addition, a large Mayan inspired archway is currently being constructed out of ice on Karl Marx Street in the city of Chelyabinsk in south Russia.
All of these strange occurrence are thought to be in response to the Mayan-predicted end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012. This is the day that the famous Mayan calendar, the Long Count, is said to end its 5,125-year cycle. As a whole, Russians are known to take heed of mystical warnings and develop mystical thinking, making it no surprise that the country has responded to the end of the Mayan calendar.