Despite the best efforts of the world's scientific community to allay fears about the end of the world sometime next month, there are some who just haven't received the memo.
Take Lu Zhenghai, from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in northwest China. According to the Chinese News Service, the man has spent an estimated $160,000 building a vessel to survive what he believes is a coming "doomsday flood" in 2012. The boat measures about 65 feet in length and will, when completed, weigh about 80 tons.
"I'm afraid that when the end of the world comes in 2012, flood waters will destroy my house," Lu told the Chinese News Service, according to a HuffPost translation. "So I took all my savings and invested in the construction of this boat. When the time comes, everyone can take refuge in it."
Unfortunately for Zhenghai, he's run out of funds to complete the vessel — and with the supposed end of days striking on Dec. 21, it's not looking good. Then again, he could always contact millionaire contractor and creationist Johan Huibers, who recently unveiled a near-exact replica of the Biblical Noah's Ark. Measuring more than 450 feet long, it took roughly four years to build and weighs more than 3,000 tons.
"We want to tell people about God," Huibers told AFP. "We wanted to build something that can help explain the Bible in real terms."
And of course, there's always Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe's "Noah" — which recently wrapped filming in Oyster Bay after surviving a brush with Hurricane Sandy. The production put together a 450-foot long, 75-feet tall and 45-foot wide "ark" moored in Oyster Bay, N.J. Unfortunately for Zhenghai, that one wasn't designed to be seaworthy.
And what should happen if the bell tolls at midnight on Dec. 21 and we're all still here? Zhenghai has a backup plan that includes using his vessel as a possible sightseeing boat or ferry. Let's hope that plan rebuilds his savings before his own financial doomsday.
To view pictures of Zhenghai's ark, jump here.
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