Lu Zhengai has spent all his money, $160,000, to build his own Noah’s Ark to escape the Mayan apocalypse, supposedly predicted by the Maya calendar for December 21, 2012.
The boat, designed by Lu himself, measures 65 feet and will weigh 80 tons when finished, reports RT.com.
Lu, who lives in the Xinjiang Uyghur region of China, thousands of miles from the sea, told the Chinese News Service: “I’m afraid that when the end of the world comes in 2012, flood waters will destroy my house, so I took my life savings and invested in the construction of this boat. When the time comes everyone can take refuge in it."
The doomsday prediction stems from interpretations of the Mayan Long Count calendar, which is due to end on December 21st. However, scientists have said numerous times that December 21, 2012 does not mean the end of the world.
Anthropologist Geoffrey Braswell from the University of California told the Daily Mail: “The Maya long count system is like a car odometer. My first car only had six wheels so it went up to 99,999.9 miles. That didn’t mean it would explode after reaching 100,000 miles.”