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This could be the last time

May 18, 2011

As you no doubt already know, the world is ending on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. I’m not sure what time zone the 6:00 p.m. refers to, and since I will be on Pacific time, it may well matter. Maybe it’s like one of those rolling things, where it will sweep across each time zone at 6:00 p.m. local time. I’m not entirely sure.

Anyway, the yo-yo who has been talking up this end of the world thing is named Harold Camping. Here’s a little about Mr. Camping:

Every day Mr Camping, an 89-year-old former civil engineer, speaks to his followers via the Family Radio Network, a religious broadcasting organisation funded entirely by donations from listeners. Such is their generosity (assets total $120m) that his network now owns 66 stations in the US alone. Those deep pockets were raided to allow Family Radio to launch a high-profile advertising campaign, proclaiming the approaching Day of Judgement. More than 2,000 billboards across the US are adorned with its slogans, which include “Blow the trumpet, warn the people!”. A fleet of logoed camper vans is touring every state in the nation. “It’s getting real close. It’s really getting pretty awesome, when you think about it,” Mr Camping told The Independent on Sunday. “We’re not talking about a ball game, or a marriage, or graduating from college. We’re talking about the end of the world, a matter of being eternally dead, or being eternally alive, and it’s all coming to a head right now.”

(The South Park and Beavis & Butthead fans around will note that he did say both “head” and “blow”.)

So why Saturday, May 21st? Here’s the “math.”

He says the world will end on 21 May, because that will be 722,500 days from 1 April AD33, which he believes was the day of the Crucifixion. The figure of 722,500 is important because you get it by multiplying three holy numbers (five, 10 and 17) together twice. “When I found this out, I tell you, it blew my mind,” he said.

(Yep, “blew.”)

Turns out, the dude does this periodically:

Critics point out that this isn’t the first time Mr Camping has predicted the second coming. On 6 September 1994, hundreds of his listeners gathered at an auditorium in Alameda looking forward to Christ’s return. “At that time there was a lot of the Bible I had not really researched very carefully,” he said last week. “But now, we’ve had the chance to do just an enormous amount of additional study and God has given us outstanding proofs that it really is going to happen.”

He checked his math this time, he really did. So drink up and party hard, because this shit is going down for the count. Luckily I’ll be in Vegas, so I won’t even notice.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 20, 2011 4:03 pm

    Bad news = Jesus is blowing up the world tomorrow.
    Good news = No work on Monday!

  2. May 20, 2011 5:05 pm

    I understand 5 and 17 being holy, but what makes 10 a holy number?

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