December 21, 2012.This would be the date of the end of the world, according to some clarifications of the complex and now famous Mayan calendar Tzolk'in. But in the meantime, business continaues! And when some fear the Apocalypse, others do not forget to take advantage. And they did not wait for 2012 for this.
In 1970, the American evangelist Hal Lindsey published the book The Late Great Planet Earth (the late great planet earth) where it strongly suggested that 1988 would be the last of the history, citing the possibility of a Soviet nuclear attack as a possible cause of the end of the world. The success was the appointment, if not in sales prediction: over 15 million copies sold, according to Christian publisher Zondervan, which still sells at a price of 12.99 dollars. With this book, Hal Lindsey knew that he had invented a literary genre? He was in any case the inspiration of Edgar Whisenant, a former NASA engineer converted into theology. It sold 4.5 million copies of a book called 88 Reasons Why the Rapture Will Be in 1988 (88 reasons why the removal will take place in 1988). And the failure to achieve on-mentioned predictions did not prevent not continue the work of imitators, including a radio host on behalf unlikely Harold Camping. It stands there a real serial forecaster under calculations as learned as biblical, successively predicted the end of the world in September 1994, March 1995, May 2011 and October 2011, failing to provide her hospitalization last June following a stroke . But he does not forget that charity begins at home even. His nonprofit organization, Family Radio, which owns over 140 radio stations in the U.S. (and claims that its CEO is actually the Lord Jesus Christ!) Has attracted some 80 million dollars in donations between 2005 and 2009! But the charity business, this curiosity typically American, is not the only one interested in the apocalyptic theories.
Hollywood took over the subject with some success.Released in 2009, the 2012 film directed by Roland Emmerich (Independence Day, Godzilla) played the modern alchemists, transforming the Mayan prophecy gold! For an estimated budget of 200 million, the movie has generated more than $ 766 million in revenue, which earned him a place among the 40 biggest hits in film history. A priori, the prospect of the end the world should have a rather negative impact on property prices, the dead who generally need less square meters than the living. But to Bugarach, village of barely 200 souls located in the Aude , the mayor, interviewed by Le Figaro in June 2011, simultaneously counted fifteen houses for sale, with prices doubled or tripled compared to the usual. The explanation? The place would be spared by the end of the world to come. It is true that the region is conducive to mysticism: the peak overlooking the village for many years a place of pilgrimage for UFO enthusiasts and Rennes-le-Chateau, where the Abbé Saunière discovered the treasure of the Templars, n is just a few miles. It is therefore possible to survive the end of the world.