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.
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.
Why do people never tire of incorrectly predicting the date on which the world ends? This time it’s Family Radio Worldwide, a Christian group in Nashville Tennessee, who have discovered that the end of the world will start with the second coming of Jesus on May 21st, 2011. They have funded 40 billboard advertisements around Nashville and some other US cities to get this message across. Their website at wecanknow.com further explains that God will actually destroy the world on October 21st, 2011. I guess it will take exactly five months to judge the entire population of the world. That’s about 520 people every second, assuming that the judging starts immediately and continues around the clock for the full five months. I sure hope we get a fair trial. So how did Harold Camping, the 89-year-old president of Family Radio Worldwide, discover the exact date, when all our scientists think it won’t be for another few billion years? Yes, you guessed it, that wonderful source of knowledge, the bible, mixed with some creative accounting. A bible verse states, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be in the days of the Son of Man”. Since one day for God is 1,000 years for us, this obviously means that the Rapture will be exactly 7,000 years after Noah’s flood. As the flood occurred in 4990 BC, on what would have been May 21st, Jesus will be here on May 21st next year. QED! They expect about 3% of people to take the billboards seriously, but I think they are being optimistic, even for Tennessee.
“Sadly, only eight people survived the Flood”, said Camping, who thinks we are all descended from flood survivors. Despite the lack of time, they are still accepting donations to help spread the news. Stick around to see what their website says this time next year.