Some religious groups have been saying for some time that the recent blood moons, or supermoons, are a sign from God that something important is going to happen, possibly the end of the world. Well, they occur regularly and the world hasn’t ended as a result yet. Perhaps Donald Trump being elected President of the United States, backed by a republican House of Representatives and Senate may change that. So before the world ends, go out Friday and enjoy the sight of the biggest moon in the last 70 years.
Oh no! It’s a blood moon, the first of four in 18 months. We’re all gonna die. Yes, last night the moon slid into the shadow of the earth casting a reddish hue on the moon. Unusually, there will be four of these occurrences in the next 18 months. Astronomers call it a tetrad, doomsayers call it a sign signalling the imminent destruction of the earth. We haven’t had too many doomsday predictions lately. The ISON comet predicted by many to bring forth our destruction, spectacularly failed after its million year journey ended on Thanksgiving day last year, when it simply disintegrated after getting too close to the sun. The Viking prediction of Ragnarok (Armageddon) also failed to materialise on February 22nd. The new movie Thor 3: Ragnarok (End of Days) still hasn’t been released, so I guess the director was not too anxious about the date being accurate. Religious people, quick to capitalise on the series of Blood Moons, have released a number of books explaining the significance as they perceive it: “Blood Moons: Decoding the Imminent Heavenly Signs”, by mark Biltz; “Blood Moons Rising: Bible Prophecy, Israel, and the Four Blood Moons”, by pastor Mark Hitchcock; and “Four Blood Moons: Something is about to change” by pastor John Hagee. The last book is number 80 on USA Today’s best seller list! Good grief people, save yourself some time and money. Here is my prophecy for the Blood Moons and the next 18 months. Everything will be pretty normal. There will be no rapture, Armageddon or End of Days. The bible says “The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the Lord.”, Joel 2:31. In my opinion a more reliable and accurate predictor of future events, NASA, issued a statement saying there will be eight sets of tetrads before the year 2100. Expect a lot more doomsday predictions over the next hundred years. Unless they are right of course.
I haven’t been keeping my eye on Ghana lately. The renowned profit of God in Ghana, as Peter Anamoh modestly describes himself on his website, predicted that on 11/11/11 at 11pm (presumably Ghana time) there would be a catastrophe affecting the whole world with lightning, thunder and storms. All the terrestrial bodies were to collide leading to pandemonium. When the event failed to materialise, the prophet blamed God for giving him false messages. Well, if God gives him incorrect information to pass on, we can’t really hold him responsible. It’s that mischievous practical joker God showing us a divine sense of humour. Of course, like all doomsday prophets, he leaves his website open for donations right up to and beyond the end.
Harold Camping has gone into hiding and Family Radio are saying they have been told not to speak to the media after their predicted doomsday passed without event. No doubt Harold will seek a way to justify his failure by telling us that the world really was destroyed, but we just didn’t notice. Hope you are enjoying the World Not Ending party. It looks like it’s going to be quite a while until the world doesn’t end again. A lot of people are predicting that the next world end date will be December 21st, 2012. I think that came about through some misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar. Time to reset the end of world party countdown.
If you are out an about in Europe after midnight tonight, perhaps celebrating the continued existence of our planet, and look into the sky in the direction of the Orion constellation, you should see some meteors. We will be making our annual pass through the debris left behind by Halley’s Comet. Although the meteors will pass through our atmosphere at around 90,000 miles per hour, they are very small and will burn up, giving us a view of some shooting stars. Let’s hope no large unseen chunks of comet are out there to destroy the earth. I couldn’t bear living in a world that ended when predicted by Harold Camping’s crazy mathematical formula, but then I wouldn’t have to.
Well the rapture never occurred on May 21st, but that didn’t stop Harold Camping of Family Radio from sticking to his guns. He still maintains that the rapture did occur, but those who were saved did not feel anything. The final destruction of the earth will still occur on October 21st, as we reported initially back in 2010. And so he feedeth his sheep. To mark yet another crazy prediction, we have added a countdown clock to our site showing when the next party should be celebrated to mark the non-destruction of the earth. Of course if you are a Family Radio follower (and there are still a few) that is how long is left before you are whisked up to heaven while your God lovingly destroys the rest of us poor sinners. If you are viewing our mobile/cell site, you’ll have to look at the full site to see the countdown timer. We couldn’t be bothered putting it there too.
Yes, for outstanding creativity and imagination in mathematics, Harold Camping along with five others has been awarded the Ig Nobel Mathematics prize for incorrectly predicting the date for the world ending. The ceremony at Harvard University honoured many people, seven of whom attended the ceremony this year.
Biology Prize: Darryl Gwynne and David Rentz for publishing two papers about an Australian beetle that tries to mate with empty beer bottles (stubies).
Chemistry Prize: A team from Shiga University who have a patent pending for a fire alarm that fires wasabi into the air in just the right density to awaken sleeping people.
Literature Prize: John Perry for his theory of Procrastination. To be a high achiever work on something important to avoid doing something that’s even more important.
Mathematics Prize: Various doomsayers who predicted the end of the world. Dorothy Martin (1954), Pat Robertson (1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1990), Lee Jang Rim (1992), Credonia Mwerinde (1999) and Harold Camping (1994 and 2011).
Medicine Prize: Shared by two teams who discovered that people make better choices about some things and worse choice about other things when they have a strong need to urinate.
Peace Prize: Arturas Zuokas, mayor of Vilnius, for showing that running an armoured vehicle over illegally parked luxury cars can solve parking problems.
Physics Prize: Philippe Perrin and colleagues for their study on why discus throwers become dizzy, while hammer throwers don’t.
Physiology Prize: Anna Wilkinson and colleagues for their study “No evidence of contagious yawning in the red-footed tortoise.”
Psychology Prize: Karl Halvor for studying why people sigh.
Public Safety Prize: John Senders for a series of safety experiments involving someone driving on a main highway while a visor repeatedly flaps in their face blinding them.
It’s good to know that the frontiers of science are being pushed by such research. You can see the complete award ceremony and get more information from the Improbable Research website. Don’t laugh, the wasabi alarm could save your life some day.
People just love predicting the fall of Rome. Remember an earthquake was predicted to hit back in May, but it turned out to be just another warm sunny day? Now a group called the Fatima movement are predicting that God will destroy Rome in just under a fortnight, on August 17th. They know this because the have the Authentic text of the third secret of Fatima, not the version published by the Vatican. They seem to be looking forward to the non-event, or the imminent punishment from heaven, as they call it. They even have a Destruction of Rome countdown clock on their website accurate to the millisecond. They also note that Anti-Pope Benedict will not be in Rome on August 17th. The website reminds me of the line from the movie, As Good As It Gets, when a religious caller knocks on Melvin’s door – “Sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.”
Harold Camping, the 89 year old man behind Family Radio who told us the end of the world would start last May 21st, has been released from hospital following a mild stroke. He suffered slurred speech and some unkind souls have suggested on Twitter that it was God’s way of shutting him up. Family Radio is reputed to be worth in the region of $72 million, with the main source of funds being donations. They totaled $18 million in donations in 2009. I’m sure Harold had the best of medical attention and he will no doubt be back on-air in no time with further silly predictions to cheer us up. Despite being wrong about Jesus returning in 1994 and again this year, he is maintaining that people were saved on May 21st, even though nobody saw Jesus, and that the world will still come to an end on Oct 21st, as originally predicted. Maybe Harold’s end is nigh, but I hope he makes it past Oct 21st so that we can have more fun with him.
I sure you are all fed up hearing about the world ending this Saturday, as we reported last year. According to some very questionable calculations, around teatime on Saturday, the faithful followers of Jesus will be gently whisked up to heaven in the Rapture. What are the atheists planning to do about this? Why they are going to have Rapture parties, to celebrate their continuing existence. Search for Rapture Party in Facebook. The parties are not just limited to atheists. Why not hold your own Rapture party this weekend? What is the Pope planning to do this Saturday? He is obviously not expecting to be whisked up to heaven. He is planning to steam a live conversation between the astronauts on the space station and himself via the official Vatican website, Vatican Radio. I must remember to check in on the Family Radio website, wecanknow.com, on Sunday to get the new date for the end of the world.