In an amazing, 50 second clip released Thursday, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard delivers a perfectly deadpan doomsday address that is as hair-raising as it is hilarious.
The clip, which was filmed to promote a tongue-in-cheek local radio station's breakfast show, Sky News notes, warns that predictions of the end of the world this December are both correct and unavoidable.
Surrounded by Australian national flags, Gillard begins, "My dear remaining fellow Australians. The end of world is coming. It wasn't Y2K, it wasn't even the carbon price. It turns out that the Mayan calendar is true."
The so-called Mayan apocalypse is slated to strike on Dec. 21, despite the best efforts of scientists and government officials attempting to dispel the rumors. (The Russian government, for example,reassured the country's citizens last week.)