As the world spends the last few weeks of 2012 debating whether the Mayans were right and that the world will actually end on Friday 21 st December, few people are doing what needs to be done: finding a place to hole up and stay safe.
With this in mind, TheMoveChannel.com scours the global property market to find real estate that might resist the apocalypse.
Here are five houses to help you survive the end of the world:
Secret submarine base, Norway
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The Olavsvern Naval Submarine caught the world's eye when it went on sale in June this year . The NATO-funded hideout boasts a 27,000 square foot Alpine resort and several garages, but the property's main survival tool is the giant underground hangar hidden deep inside a bomb-proof mountain. Just the place to store your submarine – and if you're serious about preparing for the apocalypse, you'll definitely need one of those.
Nuclear missile silo, USA
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Trust America to have its own missile silo up for sale . The nuclear base, unused for decades, has been converted into a luxury home for those ready to bunker down and get through the planet's darkest days. The 1,800 square-foot property appears to be a traditional mountain lodge, but underneath the floorboards lies a launch pad for an intercontinental ballistic missile built in the 1950s. Which means that if the aliens are coming: you're ready.
Doomsday bunker, Nebraska
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In the wake of Japan's tragic earthquakes, sales of these doomsday bunkers in Nebraska shot up by 1,000%, according to CNN . Reservations for a room in a 200-person property require a minimum deposit of $5,000 with Vivos, but demand for the company's shelter soared. "People are afraid of the earth-changing events and ripple effects of the earthquake, which led to tsunamis, the nuclear meltdown, and which will lead to radiation and health concerns," commented the company's CEO Robert Vicino. "Where it ends, I don't know. Does it lead to economic collapse? A true economic collapse would lead to anarchy, which could lead to 90% of the population being killed off."
Cheerful dinner conversation not included.
Posh doomsday bunkers, Switzerland
There are doomsday bunkers and doomsday bunkers. These are the latter. Located in the Swiss hills, these shelters, designed by Bjarne Mastenbroek and Christian Muller, have industrial-themed decor and windows, but the real sign of security comes from the front door, which is hidden deep inside the mountains, through an underground tunnel, the entrance to which is a fake shed. Make sure you leave the pub with enough time to find the front door before the apocalypse begins.
Adult movie bunker, LA
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What will the human race do during the cold, lonely months after the end of the world? One LA movie studio has the answer: a post-apocalyptic underground bunker, which will allow "1,200 to 1,500 people" to enter and provide them with bars, a performing stage and a "sophisticated content production studio", just to make sure that the world's supply of adult films outlives the rest of us. The studio's website will also continue to run, promises the company, even if it is only on the bunker's internal local network.
"Our goal is nothing less than to survive the apocalypse to come in comfort and luxury," Pink Visual spokesman Quentin Boyer told CBS Los Angeles, "whether that catastrophe takes the form of fireballs flung earthward by an all-seeing deity, extended torrential rainfall, Biblical rapture, an earthquake-driven mega-tsunami, radioactive flesh-eating zombies, or some combination of the above."
You can't say they're not prepared.
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