Rasputin would be proud. Reacting to conspiracy theorists who think that the long-awaited Mayan apocalypse on Dec. 21 will come true, Russians have begun buying supplies, building strange archways, and otherwise losing their minds. But hold on to your fur hats, Russian officials said last week. The minister of emergency situations announced that he has “methods of monitoring what is occurring on the planet earth,” and there is no need to fear. It’s not just Mother Russia that has had to deal with Mayan fever, however—from France to Mexico, people have begun acting strangely in response to the ancient prediction.