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Thousands of people around the world mark 'doomsday'

Events had been organised for people to come together to gather for the oncoming Armageddon, the most prominent of these was a mountain in the French Pyrenees where a giant UFO and aliens were said to be waiting to spirit those nearby to safety.

Residents with green-painted faces wear Bugarach T-shirts as they walk in the streets of Bugarach in France. Credit: Reuters/Jean Philippe Arles

In York, the York Chocolate Story put on a special "A-choc-alypse" ceremony today, to mark the event.

York Chocolate Story handout photo of their staff putting on a special "A-choc-alypse" ceremony today to ward off the end of world. Credit: York Chocolate Story /PA Wire

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Coffee shop offers tickets to Noah's Ark on Doomsday

A Beijing coffee shop has been handing out mock tickets to Noah's Ark just in case the world does end. The ticket is designed like a boarding pass, with a picture borrowed from the Hollywood movie '2012' on the front, and boarding details printed on the reverse.

The ticket to get onto 'Noah's Ark' Credit: RTV

The ticket lists a boarding time of 12:00 of December 21, 2012 with departure from somewhere in Tibet.

200 tickets have been made available.
200 tickets have been made available. Credit: RTV

Revellers celebrate their 'final hours' in style on Doomsday

Rather than getting a bit depressed about Doomsday, many revellers are being offered the chance to celebrate what could be their final hours in style.

Around the world, events are taking place to ensure believers go out with a bang, while many are being drawn to locations where it is believed they have a chance of surviving the apocalypse.

Tourists and true believers gathered at the ruins of a temple in Guatemala where a man dressed like a Mayan priest blew a horn in the Temple of Giant Jaguar.

Doomsday hour arrives, but no sign of world ending

Doomsday hour is here, at least in much of the world, but we're still here - as you've probably noticed. According to legend, the ancient Mayans' long-count calendar ends at midnight Thursday, ushering in the end of the world. But it didn't happen.

A Mayan priest sits on top of a pyramid at his "End of the World Soiree"
A Mayan priest sits on top of a pyramid at his "End of the World Soiree" Credit: Reuters

As the appointed time came and went in several parts of the world, there was no sign of the apocalypse.

Star Johnsen-Moser, an American spiritualist said:

"This is not the end of the world. This is the beginning of the new world... It is most important that we hold a positive, beautiful reality for ourselves and our planet... Fear is out of place."

Top spots to avoid the 'apocalypse'

Some locations across the globe are being touted, or are touting themselves, as safe havens from the 'apocalypse' predicted to take place on Friday by a Mayan calendar:

Tourists are flocking to the Turkish village of Sirince in an attempt to save themselves from oblivion
Tourists are flocking to the Turkish village of Sirince in an attempt to save themselves from oblivion Credit: Reuters
Locals living near the Serbian mountain of Rtanj says its mystic powers will save it from armageddon
Locals living near the Serbian mountain of Rtanj says its mystic powers will defend it from armageddon Credit: Reuters
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