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Apocalypse watchers plan to flock to Serbian mountain on Dec. 21, and Arthur C. Clarke is to blame


A survey conducted by the National Geographic Channel found that 65 percent of Americans believe President Obama is better suited to lead America in case of an alien invasion.

Want to survive the impending apocalypse? An alien pyramid housed in a Serbian mountain may be able to do the job, according to some ardent apocalypse watchers — and famed science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke. No, really.

Located in the Balkans, Mt. Rtanj is usually a very quiet spot, centered around the eponymous mountain that does indeed look distinctly pyramid-shaped, as compared to its less symmetric neighbors.

These days, local hotel owners say they're being booked out by those anticipating the end of days, according to the Telegraph. The reason? Some die-hards are convinced the mountain will protect them from ... whatever is supposed to happen on Dec. 21.

It'll pull off this feat thanks to a pyramid buried deep within the rock, placed there by forward-thinking ancient aliens. Some true believers feel that it dates to 500,000 years ago, and is an artificial structure that couldn't be of human origin — although it's a bit hard to find consensus.

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Clarke, the science fiction writer, appears to be to blame for this outpouring of interest. Clarke described the 5,135-foot tall mountain as "the navel of the world," and claimed that it held "special energy," according to the Daily Mail.

Ancient Serbians apparently believed the mountain was special as well, says Voice of Warriors thought coming to the mountain would make their wounds heal faster (possibly due to some pleasingly oriented winds, instead of the favorable vibes of an ancient alien pyramid — but hey, who really knows?).

A more recent legend claims that a wizard's castle was located on the peak, as well as mystical lights, which have now vanished. Almost certainly the work of aliens. They're sneaky like that.

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Peakware, the world mountain encyclopedia, warns that hikers should beware of lightning strikes and unstable weather if attempting to ascend to the top. Apocalypse watchers should be forewarned.

Meanwhile, a Bosnian archeologist is convinced that nearby Bosnia and Herzegovina contains the world's largest and oldest human-made pyramids, says the Smithsonian. The plot thickens.

Ancient alien expert and meme celebrity Giorgio A. Tsoukalos likely has his own explanation for the supposed weirdness of Mount Rtanj: