Men in tin foil appeared on the streets of the French village of Bugarach. Photograph: Eric Cabanis/AFP/Getty Images
Local authorities had pleaded with New Age fanatics, sightseers and the media not to converge on the tiny village of Bugarach, one of the few places on Earth believed to be safe from the impending destruction. Some 150 officers were guarding a mountain which legend has it will open up when the apocalypse arrives. The story goes that alien spaceships will emerge from the peak to transport humans to safety.