Of course, the Mayans ACTUALLY said no such thing – their calendar merely comes to the end of a phase – if they had survived, they would simply have begun another.
However, this fact has not deterred the Survivalists – a God-fearing bunch of right-wing American arseholes – from moving an extra supply of tinned food and bullets – and yet more bullets (can’t have enough bullets) – into their bunkers.
Which poses two thoughts…
One: wouldn’t it be hilarious if they accidentally locked themselves IN those bunkers?
And two: if by COINCIDENCE, a massive asteroid DID strike our little planet and killed everyone apart from said Survivalists – would a sane person actually WANT to survive Armageddon, when their only companions would be those bloody Survivalists?
I think I’d prefer to succumb to the asteroid.
Footnote: I recall a “Zone” episode (or was it a “Limits”?) from the Sixties where a bunch of Survivalists (before the term had even been coined) retire to their bunker, having heard a news report that the Ruskies have been sabre-rattling again.
In the morning, they awake and check the periscope – and see a scene of DEVASTATION around them. They tune in the radio (which is attached to an aerial on their house) and hear only static.
Long story short: they live for a YEAR in that bunker, on bottled water and tinned beans (the air must have been less than fragrant) until they finally run OUT.
At which point, they realise they have no option but to chance that the radiation levels have settled back to a survivable level and leave their retreat.
They climb the stairs and open the trapdoor – and discover it’s a sunny day, with people walking about and chatting happily – and their house has BURNED DOWN!
It had happened during that night a year ago – taking their radio aerial with it – since which time, they had spent a YEAR of their lives stuck in a BUNKER.