Thursday, December 20, 2012

Top 5 Failed Apocalypse Predictions of the 21st Century

The world is going to end.  Eventually.  But multiple times every year, people proclaim the end is nigh.  They've always been wrong.  Here are some of the predictions of Armageddon, the End of Days, the Rapture, or the Apocalypse that have caught on in pop culture this century.

5: May 21, 2011 (Judgment Day) - A crazy preacher names Harold Camping convinced his many followers that Jesus would show up to send the world into a thousand years of horror, after sending his elect to Heaven.  Camping purported to have Biblical "proof" of this "judgement day.  As to his "proof," we say this.

4: September 10, 2008 (start-up of the Large Hadron Collider) - The LHC at Cern, a particle accelerator, is the largest scientific instrument ever made.  It forces subatomic particles to collide at near the speed of light, creating new particles in the resultant explosions--particles that haven't existed since the formation of the universe.  Despite assurances from scientists, some people were very concerned that the LHC would create black holes that would swallow-up the Earth.

3: October 21, 2011 (Judgment Day, again) - Crazy old Harold Camping (see #5 above) woke up on May 22, 2011 and was neither in paradise nor in a post-apocalyptic world.  Realizing his Biblical "proof" of end-times hit a snag, he retrofit his story to predict a "spiritual judgment" on May 21st, with the true Rapture and judgment day occurring October 21st.  We have no word on what he said the morning of October 22nd.

2: December 31, 1999/January 1, 2000 (Y2K) - Someone realized that when the calendar rolled over from 1999 to 2000, computers using only the last two numerals would think it was the year 1900.  This lead to widespread panic, with speculation that our electronic world would come screeching to a halt, the world would go dark, nuclear missiles would launch, and planes would literally drop out of the sky.  Most systems had the potential glitch repaired before the day came, and nothing happened from those that didn't.  Somewhere in my house I still have the emergency kit given to me, containing water, batteries, and a flashlight.

1: December 21, 2012 (the end of the Mayan calendar) - Okay, so as we are posting, this is scheduled to take place tomorrow, but we're calling it now.  Not gonna happen.  Penn & Teller debunked this one best on their show Bullshit! (first part available here).

Just in case we're wrong, please visit us on Facebook and like our page today.  But in case we're right, share your thoughts in the comments below.  We'll leave you with these words from Robert Frost:

Some say the world will end in fire, 
Some say in ice.  
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.  
But if I had to perish twice, 
I think I know enough of hate 
To say that for destruction ice 
Is also great 
And would suffice.

5 comments:

  1. The world will end... someday... And when it happens, it will come out of nowhere, and none of us will know what hit us.

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  2. Putin had a press conference yesterday and said the world will end... in 4.5 billion years due the our sun going nova (no pun intended). Pretty hilarious...

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  3. True enough. Check back in 14 hours.

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  4. I think the world might end if the Mets win the World Series... So I have mixed feelings about the whole thing.

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