The dining lounge in the bunker
With this in mind, a US company has begun scouring Scotland for the perfect site for an underground bunker in which a handful of the planet’s wealthiest individuals can sit out the impending apocalypse.
Terra Vivos, which already has bolt-holes in Nebraska and Indiana, wants to create a “long-term survival resort” with places available for £30,000 per head.
It describes the proposed facility as a “modern day Noah’s Ark” containing everything necessary to survive the supposed day of destiny on December 21 and its aftermath.
That date marks the end of a 5,125-year cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar and has sparked heated debates between scholars, scientists and religious leaders for decades.
It has even been depicted in Hollywood blockbusters as marking the end of the world from a number of mind-boggling disasters, from asteroids to global tsunamis.
Last year, California-based Terra Vivos considered a bid for a disused Cold War bunker at Cultybraggan, near Comrie in Perthshire.
However, that deal fell through and the firm is now searching for an alternative Scottish site for one of its four planned shelters in Europe.