Massive end of world party produces minuscule turnout
It was billed as a gathering of 14,000 people to celebrate the end of the world with a huge party just outside Kamloops.
It ended up being 20 people — some sitting around a small bonfire, others tying to dig out a stuck Honda Civic.
Kamloops Rural RCMP Staff Sgt. Doug Aird said police patrolled the area of Scuitto Lake, south of Barnhartvale, on the evening of Thursday, Dec. 20.
A party had been advertised on Facebook to be taking place in the area, with 14,000 people listed as attending.
The party was to celebrate the end of the world, as some believe to have been predicted by the Mayans to take place on Dec. 21, 2012.
Aird said Mounties knew the posting "couldn't be given any measure of credibility," but they checked it out just in case.
"Officers set up roadchecks just after 9 p.m. on Thursday night at the location and found a few young people present, with several trying to dig out a stuck Honda Civic car," he said.
"Officers continued to do checks in the area and a grand total of 20 folks attended to the site and sat around a small fire — a far cry from the reported 14,000. There were absolutely no reported issues."
In related news, the world had yet to end as of this posting — but, there were still about 12 hours left in the day.