The following microblog post by CCTV News, the official state broadcaster, is currently the hottest post on the popular Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo. The CCTV News account has over 1.2m followers and this particular post was posted on December 20th at 7:40pm. It has since been forwarded and reshared over 194k times with over 57k comments spanning over 2850 pages (at time of translation)…
On Sina Weibo:
@央视新闻: December 21th 3:14:35pm, Beijing Time’s “Apocalypse”: 2012 December 21st is the last day of the Mayan calendar, which is to say the so-called “apocalypse”. And because of time zone differences, it is at December 21st 3:14:15pm Beijing Standard Time that China will enter the “apocalypse”. One netizen joked: “This time is good, at least the stock market will have closed, and I can see whether I’m up or down.” Tomorrow afternoon at 3:14 and 35 seconds, what will you be doing?
Comments from Sina Weibo:
I’m actually making dumplings at the moment!
This time isn’t bad, I’ll be in class!
Didn’t they say it would be 2pm on the 22nd? At this time tomorrow, I’ll be preparing for a test…
Probably on the internet.
Won’t be able to see tomorrow’s Xinwen Lianbo, so sad, can you please broadcast it earlier?
Police, hurry and arrest them! CCTV is spreading apocalypse rumors!
Arguing with stupid cunts.
Waiting to die.
Be with family.
Let the leaders go first.
I’ll be on the Ark [referring to the ships from the movie 2012.
Even CCTV is playing up the apocalypse.
Miserable cunt me will be taking a test.
Young miserable cunt me will be working…
Don’t be stupid. The end of the world will not be coming.
Can’t believe CCTV would be this precise…
Maybe I should set an alarm…
Tomorrow at 3 the dentist will be giving me a tooth filling. Had I known earlier, I would’ve set the appointment for 3:15.
I’ll be shaving…
Hope it’s the end of the world for CCTV and its masters.
December 22nd is my birthday. I wish myself an early happy birthday.
Signing a contract with a client, giving him a humidifier, so he won’t be too dry when he dies.
Don’t spread rumors!
Posted by CCTV, I’m just forwarding it… it’s not by me!
Giving my loved ones a call.
Only the ignorant would believe this. The end of the world will definitely come, but it isn’t something that this age/era will see.
The minute before and after 3:14pm Beijing time…
Just one minute left…
It’s almost here, so nervous.
Dears, begin tilting your heads.
[Chinese netizens on Weibo began changing their profile photos showing them tilting their heads to one side, joking that if everyone did that, they could shift the position of the planet and avoid the impact, thus avoiding the end of the world.]
No change at all.
The time passed.
Right now Beijing is 3:13pm.
We’ve been tricked by the Mayans, ha!
Yanyan, daddy loves you!
Is my watch one minute slow…?
I’m picking strawberries.
A bunch of SB have been tricked.
What happened to the apocalypse?
Alright, reborn, the world is the same as before.
I slept through it!
This isn’t saying the apocalypse is over…but that it is just beginning…
I thought it was tomorrow? It was actually today!?!
Fuck…I completely overlooked this time!
We had just skinned a rabbit.
All I know is that today is the apocalypse for rumor-mongers.
I’m still here, so lucky, I’m so thankful for everything!
They said it would be the end of the world. I even Taobao‘d a ticket for the ark.
What? It already passed?
What else can be done? These past few days, I’ve kept 20 billion in underworld money on me at all times, keeping it by my pillow even when I sleep, just in case the unexpected happens. I’ve already prepared everything, awaiting that very moment.
I laugh… this was pulling my chain… a bunch of unreliable Mayans. Just what kind of information did they leave us?!
The Mayans are so unreliable. Just what civilization did they have? All bullshit.