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World fails to end . . . again

Few surprised, some stunned and others richer

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Some Doomsday predictions are based on mystical and astrological omens, while others are set up on technological half-truths and scientific misunderstandings. All of them have failed to come true, making Doomsday the most common non-event in history. The most recent was supposed to take place May 21st, 2011 but, as you may have noticed, the world is not crumbling around us.

According to Harold Camping, president of Family Radio, May 21st was to mark the beginning of the end. He predicted that the world would be engulfed by earthquakes and all humanity would perish by October 21, 2011- except for three percent of the population that would be spared by the rapture.

This is not the first time Camping has been wrong about the end of the world. He originally predicted that the world would end September 6, 1994. When that didn't work out, Camping admitted that he was mistaken but then went on to predict this second end of the world. Camping was slow to make a statement this time around, saying that he was flabbergasted and looking for answers.

Camping should forget about answers and start with an apology instead, because while the world did not end, there have been some very real consequences for those left behind.

Several supporters of Camping spent their entire life savings propagating the prediction. Project Caravan had several men and women leave their jobs and families to travel across America to spread the "awesome news" of Camping's rapture. Massive billboard and ad campaigns were launched around the world-- both entirely funded by Camping's supporters. Others who took Camping's warnings to heart were concerned that their pets would suffer in the coming apocalypse and chose to euthanize them before the 21st.

It is worth noting that Camping didn't spend all of the money donated, but refuses to reimburse anyone. He claims that the money will still be used to prepare for the end timesĀ­ but he also said he will stop campaigning.

While the entire event has an air of ridiculousness about it, people all too often fall for such things. One need only visit a local bookstore to see how big the end of the world prediction business is.

December 21st, 2012 is one popular choice, said to be the day the ancient Mayans chose for the end of the world.

While the Mayan Doomsday has a larger following than the one proposed by Camping, it is based on equally flimsy evidence. The modern Maya certainly are not concerned about it and archaeologists, astronomers and various other scholars agree that the entire notion is nonsense-- despite what History Channel specials may lead you to believe. Even after 2012 passes without an apocalyptic end to humanity there will continue to be various charlatans and snake oil salespeople ready to take advantage of scared people.

While the world will almost certainly end at some time in the future, you should always approach those who would pinpoint the date of destruction with a healthy dose of skepticism.

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If at First You Don\'t Succeed, Spin It Off.
Harold Camping sounds like he plagiarized Jehovah\'s Witnesses.
Jehovah Witnesses are a spin-off of the second Adventist which all came from the Millerite movement.American war of 1812 army captain William Miller is ground zero for Jehovah\'s Witnesses.
Yes,the \"great disappointment\" of Oct 22 1844 has never died out... it lives on in the Jehovah\'s Witnesses.
The central CORE doctrine of the Watchtower,yes the reason the Watchtower came into existence was to declare Jesus second coming in 1914.When the prophecy (derived from William Miller of 1842) failed they said that he came \"invisibly\".
Watchtower reckless predictions of the (1914) (1975)..... second coming of Christ hardens skeptics in their unbelief and provides new fodder for cynics to mock the Christian faith.
Armageddon-ain\'t-a-coming-so-im-a-getting-outta-here...

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Danny Haszard been there

Just to note what you said about 2012 -
The mayans never claimed that it was the end of the world. I guess you COULD enterpret their words that way. But anyone who does, is taking it incredibly out of context.

IN CONTEXT - the mayans talked about 2012 as the RENEWING - of the 24,000 year cycle the earth is on.

Most people don\'t know this but the earth doesn\'t just go around in a circle on it\'s axis, it actually wobbles back and forth in a circular motion. That wobble takes roughly 24,000 years.

I won\'t go into all the evidence to support this (zodiac is just a large calender 12 symbols each for 2,000 years = 24,000)

I\'ll just say this - In context, all the mayans said was, \'24,000 year cycle is being renewed\'

In other words - think of 2012 as 24,000 year reunion.

The mayans knew this - and science has actually proven that the earth goes through this cycle. People will obviously try to bastardize the true meaning to get money.