Our special UFO correspondent, with some trepidation, ventured bravely into the outback of southern France, the foothills of the Pyrenees, where the sun rose on the day the world would end, according to an ancient Maya fore-telling. And then the sun set, and all was well.
What was once the ancient Mayan city of Tikal is now one of the biggest tourist attractions in Central America, especially on the day the Mayans calculated would signify the end of one age and the beginning of another.
A small crowd gathered at sunrise to mark the occasion but many were there in case of a more sinister reason.
In the 1960s a leading US scholar suggested the Mayan calendar could signify "Armageddon" on Friday December 21 2012.