Wow. We're not sure how to react to this... other than to stock up on tinned goods, tell our family and friends how much we love them, and get in our bunkers.

Because, ladies and gentlemen, it turns out the ancient Mayan prophecy was correct. The end of the world IS nigh. Julia Gillard has just addressed the Australian people to tell them so.

Don't believe us? Click play on the video above.

OK, OK, so she did it to promote a spoof end-of-the-world show on Australian radio station Triple J. But hey - by doing so, Gillard now ranks up there with Barack Obama in the list of 'World Leaders Who Do Cool Things That David Cameron Could Never Pull Off'.

Yes, Australia, you have an atheist, unmarried feminist icon as your leader. We, on the other hand, have this:

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(Via The Daily What)