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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Mayan prophecy sparks dread, celebration and a tsunami of visitors

Foliage frames the Bugarach mountain peak in southern France. The Internet has helped feed the frenzy, spreading rumors that a mountain in the French Pyrenees is hiding an alien spaceship that will be the sole escape from the destruction. French authorities are blocking access to Bugarach peak from Dec. 19-23 except for the village's 200 residents "who want to live in peace," the local prefect said in a news release.