Weekend open thread – What are you doing for the rapture?

Somehow, standing in line for this just doesn’t do it for me.

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So the world ends tomorrow, May 21st, so some people say. What will you do?

Will our east Asia and European readers please let us know how it’s going as the time marches across the face of the earth. Open thread –

260 thoughts on “Weekend open thread – What are you doing for the rapture?

  1. I told those people I wasn’t convinced the world would end Saturday and they called me a rapture denier and accused me of being a shill for Big Atheism. It’s worse than we thought.

  2. I am starting up my greenhouse. Better to risk wasting my last day alive working than to have no fresh veggies.

  3. Have to mow the lawn tomorrow with my Hustler 42″ ZTR Fastrack machine. If the big quake hits I am merely going to ride into the sunset on my last day….

  4. Having a beer, or four, writing a book review for “Climate Cover Up” by the Suzuki Foundation PR firm owner of DeSmogBlog.com who is financed by on online banking mogul recently convicted of gambling money laundering, now that I’ve completed making this info-graphic about James Hansen’s 1988 prophecy:
    http://oi53.tinypic.com/b54in8.jpg
    When the world does not end on midnight, how the members of $72 million dollar cult handle their version of climatology’s lack of continuing temperature rise should be amusing. Usually it’s a matter of dedication to the cause having magically resulted in a change in God’s plans. Or, they’ll start blowing stuff up, if it’s not cyanide to the rescue. I’m surprised they are calling the End a year early, unlike the debauched psychedelic movement’s 2012 prophecy that has to do with the end of the Mayan calendar. [snip]

  5. I expect this to turn out about the same as previous “end of the world” parties so I’ll probably continue with plan A: Take my grandson to one of my grand nephew’s birthday party.
    There’s always a slight chance that a dinosaur killer rock will sneak in and blast us, or it’ll turn out to jackpot day for one of the other long shot dooms, but I’m not betting my farm on it.

  6. I’m engaging in amateur prophecy! I predict widespread cognitive dissonance amongst some true believers at the non-return of Jesus on 21-May-2011.
    I will put odds that I do better than Harry Camping with my prophesying.

  7. But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.—–Matthew 24:36
    For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.—- 1 Thessalonians 5:2
    How ever it was calculated, it wasn’t by understanding the Bible.

  8. Tomorrow I’m going to watch a neice ride her horse. Not exactly biblical, but I’ll be with family if the endtimes arrive. At least I won’t be working!

  9. I bought a fresh lottery ticket, watered the grass in the yard, and didn’t bother to turn out the lights behind me today. Going to take an extra hot and long bath, and stay up late on line.

  10. I’m hiking in the White Mountains so I’ll be closer to heaven and beat the rush. If I don’t get picked, I’ll stop and loot all the way home.
    First on the list – a power cord for my laptop. All I have here is battery power. Oops.

  11. According to Camping Hisself, the official progressive Rapture begins at 6pm Friday, May 20, wherever that is first.
    It’s 9pm where I am, PST, and by Camping’s measure, we’ve got 2 hours from right now!
    It’s been nice knowing you guys, but I’m ready for my virgins…or raisins, depending on how you interpret that other book… Now, the big question::
    WHO GETS VOTED OFF??

  12. The only difference between these dopes and the Warmist charlatans is that they are just one step more stupid in naming the actual day.
    The Warmists love to leave things nice and fuzzy – a decade or two in resolution, lest anyone remembers when the apocalypse was due. And it’s much easier to keep pushing it out to say, the 2050’s, or “by the end” of the century.
    Anyway, I’m just heading to the beach, not as in “On the Beach”, but to photograph “my” bay as did my great-grandparents and marvel that the sea level is the same there as it was in the 1880’s.

  13. Well, if I’m home I’m going to listen to Dodge City Marshal Allen Bailey streaming from High Plains Public Radio (10:00 til 1:00): http://www.hppr.org/
    Unless there’s still thunderstorms about.
    OK S.

  14. Ha, procrastination does pay after all! I haven’t filed my tax return yet, so I guess I won’t worry about it now that the end is nigh . . .

  15. Since I am a Christian (and not affiliated with Family Radio), I will do what I usually do:
    1) Live my life as through I *could* meet my maker at any moment,
    2) Continue working and planning for the future,
    3) Spend time with family and friends, and
    4) Try to enjoy every day without undue worry.

  16. I’m losing track of apocalypse and doom scenarios. At last we have a definite one with a date.
    I shall die in a massive tidal wave from the Thames Estuary

  17. Its already may 21st in New Zealand, and I can confirm I am still alive at the world, well at least my part of it, is fine!

  18. I’m putting a pair of shoes, socks, pants, undies, t-shirt, shirt onto the side walk in front of my place and videoing it. Lots of people walk by. So it’ll be fun to see their reactions. Muh ha ha! ];)]

  19. Well where I am it is already the 21st do I can tell you what we have done so far. Just had a nice group breakfast at our neighbors. We will be moving back to Denver next week from the Philippines. So far no rapture and it’s just after 12 noon. At what time was it to happen and is that GMT? By the way HCamping was wrong about this same event back in Sept 1994. Think he needs a new sliderule (he’s an engineer you know)..

  20. Rapture?? I was just hoping for a bit of a tingle…… but an epiphany would be nice, I suppose.

  21. Damn now we will never know if the IPCC forecasts were correct.
    Just not fair that we be denied doomsday in 50 years time by moving the date forward to tonight.

  22. I’m putting a pair of shoes, socks, pants, undies, t-shirt, shirt onto the side walk

    Put a little water in those shoes and add some dry ice. Makes it more interesting.

  23. stumpy says:
    May 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm
    Its already may 21st in New Zealand, and I can confirm I am still alive at the world, well at least my part of it, is fine!
    ————-
    Then obviously you’re one of those left behind

  24. Watching my daughter’s team get a thrashing on a winding netball court some 16 hours ahead of Anthony, the discussion of rapure day caused me to reflex on how so many of our anxieties and fears trace back to our fear of our own death.
    It’s about how we deal with these fears through the stories we tell ourselves to express these fears. Somehow we are each attracted to diffent types of stories…for some it is one giant catastrophe, for some we have control and it’s our fault, for others we are entirely at the mercy of la fortuna. Much of this was woven into religious narrative, and medieval christianity grew lush with every possible variety from which to pick and choose.
    The great project of empirical science begun in the late 17ths was an attempt to take us beyond narratives of these fears to a rational assessment of cause and risk, and into an attempt to determine what we can change while admitting what we can’t. Astronomy became distinguished from Astrology. Burning witches to prevent evil ceased. It has been a constant battle for science to subdue the tendency of its practitioners to return to these fear narratives.
    What is so important about Climate Change Science is that the return of these narratives into the heart of sciences has not only been fostered but celebrated. Even our scepticism is often redued to one of these narratives, apocalytic fatalism. This is what makes this post about a prediction that seems rather loopy, and so irrelevant to a science blog, not at all frivolous, but instead entirely pertinent to our discussion of the corruption of science.

  25. Well here in NZ it is 4:30 pm 21st May
    I’m reminded of this hymn
    The day Thou gavest, tookest Lord, is ended,
    The darkness falls at Thy behest;
    It’s all over mate.
    Douglas

  26. “Anyone notice the parallels between the AGW camp and Camping? ”
    The AGW camp is smarter. By saying doomsday is in 50-100 years time – they ensure they wont be debunked so fast.

  27. I’m gonna embark on a 200-Km journey around Kurdish Iraq, through some of the areas tha Saddam Hussein tried to Enrapture 20-odd years ago. He didn’t succeed, and the Kurds of Iraq will thrive once more. So if the big Rap-Chore happens today, well, I guess I’ll be here. Tomorrow, whilst everybody’s all giddy at the Pearly Gates, I’ll be flying back to my Earthly Home, Calgary, home of a good bit of the world’s carbon footprint. I won’t have to worry about the Hansens and the Gillards of the world, for they will have attained sainthood.
    Yeah! er, Not!

  28. Rapture?
    I thought it was rupture … as in the space/time continuum and yet another crackpot scientist warning of the disasters facing Gaia …
    Oh well, rapture, I can handle … I’m an old hand at this, been through so many. Somebody wake me when it’s over.

  29. Me? I’m keeping a close eye on my Golden Retrievers. If they suddenly disappear I’m gonna have one of those “oh shit” moments. I know deep in my soul that God loves Golden Retrievers more than humans (God knows I do). If they’re available for breakfast I figure I’m in the clear.

  30. Douglas says:
    May 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    Well here in NZ it is 4:30 pm 21st May
    I’m reminded of this hymn
    The day Thou gavest, tookest Lord, is ended,
    The darkness falls at Thy behest;
    It’s all over mate.
    Douglas
    ——————————————
    Damn (pun intended). I did my laundry AND found a clean pair of socks, with no holes in them, for nothing. No fair.

  31. Well, it’s fast approaching 5pm here in Godzone (NZ for the masses), and nothing – quite disppointing as my Tax bill is due and it would be the ultimate avoidance strategy.
    Do you think they’ll belive me when I tell them I expected the world to end, so spent it !!!!
    Andy

  32. I get the feeling that Harold Camping wants us to send him money just like the AGW followers and scientists want us to send them money to save the planet. I find this “Rapture” to be a bunch of nonsense and a waste of time. The weekend will go as planned and nothing is going to happen. Events like these and AGW are ramped up because the new age of social media and networking. I can say that the world is going to end 1 Sept. 2011 and ask people to send me thousands of dollars, so I can claim to save the world.

  33. A couple of my co-workers are ‘sky diving’, aka ‘jumping out of a perfectly good airplane’. One of them is wearing a helmet mounted video camera. The video of all of those souls rising past them, as they decend at 100mph free fall, should be priceless!
    Details to follow…. Film at eleven.

  34. Pacific time me friends. I should be in Princeton B.C. welcoming the Lord in all Her natural splendour by that time!

  35. Well, its the 21st here in The Oz At The Bottom Of The World, and I’ve spent the afternoon in my roof slinging some Cat6 data cable around. Planning for the future.
    So far, the world here has not ended. If it had and I’d been caught in the root that would have been an uncomfortable way to go. Not that I was concerned, though.

  36. Those lucky souls flying Eastward across the International Date Line today get a double shot at experiencing their rapture. They get to relive the same date twice at different times and places. The rest of us will wake up to a reality of Monday morning coming soon, I hope we’re ready. The only certainties in life are death and taxes and I’m not so sure about the former anymore but the latter will certainly take its toll.

  37. “stumpy says:
    May 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm
    Its already may 21st in New Zealand, and I can confirm I am still alive at the world, well at least my part of it, is fine!
    Douglas says:
    May 20, 2011 at 9:37 pm
    Well here in NZ it is 4:30 pm 21st May
    I’m reminded of this hymn
    The day Thou gavest, tookest Lord, is ended,
    The darkness falls at Thy behest;
    It’s all over mate.
    Douglas”
    Yep NZ is still on the map. We were suppposed have been one of the first countries to have been doomed.
    Now if only the Doomsayers of the AGW/CC religion would take note of this failed prediction. They might learn something after somemany of their failed and over exaggerated predictions of Chicken Little doomsaying!

  38. I have spoken with the Creator and He assures me that this is only the End of Mr Camping. Give or take a year or two.

  39. 3.38pm Melbourne time in Aus, beautiful sunny day here, only rapture here is getting in a good serve at tennis!

  40. I have spoken with the Creator and He assures me that this is only the end of Mr Camping, give or take a year or so. No longer than until 21 December, 2012. Or so.

  41. I’m going to put a couple of racks of ribs in the oven to slow cook most of the day. If I don’t get to eat ’em, I’m going to be most upset. In fact, I’ll be downright wroth.

  42. steve in aust twenty minutes to four in the afternoon and still here there is a big dark cloud on the horizon could that be it. drowned?

  43. So… Government’s world wide knew about the rapture and continued to impose silly “scientifically” based policies like making it illegal to smoke in public.

  44. 1.44pm in Brunei, SE Asia ……don’t know how long we have … but the weather looks good……. played golf this morning and birdied the 18th hole to draw the match … am glad I’m going out on a high.

  45. Exactly what is the physical mechanism to this event ?
    3:46 pm in Brisbane on the 21st, 4 bells and all’s well……….

  46. Harold Camping has been at it for quite some time, making End of the World predictions that fail. This is nothing new.
    Oh, and now for your bedtime story……”Poof”.

  47. I actually feel sorry for Harold Camping. He’s an old man and he put his entire life and reputation on the line for this silly prediction. It will be devastating to him when it does not occur. It’s a shame no one in his inner circle set him down and had a good talk with him before his announcing this. And all those believers who put so much their finances for billboards and signs — what a shame. Many Christians also feel bad that the Body of Christ is being hurt by this public foolishness.

  48. wermet says:
    May 20, 2011 at 9:04 pm
    Since I am a Christian (and not affiliated with Family Radio), I will do what I usually do:
    1) Live my life as through I *could* meet my maker at any moment,
    2) Continue working and planning for the future,
    3) Spend time with family and friends, and
    4) Try to enjoy every day without undue worry.
    ===============================================
    Amen, brother.

  49. 7 AM here in Cornwall, UK. Cars still being driven by human occupants. Distinct lack of chinos and loafers on the pavement…..Oh…all the dogs are sleeping with cats, you don’t see that everyday…

  50. You have to admire the tenacity of these people, they get it wrong a thousand times and yet they STILL believe. Crazy what a belief will do to some people. And in the 21st century too !!
    The sad thing is that if they keep predicting for the next 100 million years, they may acrually be right one day. I don’t suppose mankind will outlast the lifetime of the dinosaurs.
    .

  51. James Sexton says:
    “How ever it was calculated, it wasn’t by understanding the Bible.”
    They used a model.
    A much more refined and rigorous implementation of the one that William Miller first used on 1833. This is time tested analytic work.
    Of course… the October 22, 1844 date was a bit off… as was the earlier March 21, 1843 and March 21, 1844 window… and the April 18, 1844 date using a different calendar…
    Using a date based off of Noah has to be much more accurate than one based off of the build date of a city.
    After all, models never lie.

  52. It’s been the 21st here in Australia for 16 hrs and 28 mins. Apart from my cold nothing is worse. As you can see we only have 7 hrs and 32 mins to go so we should be able to give you a clue as what to expect. I’m off to a roast dinner and show. No vegans where I’m going.

  53. @ Ralph,
    “You have to admire the tenacity of these people, they get it wrong a thousand times and yet they STILL believe. Crazy what a belief will do to some people. And in the 21st century too !!”
    are you refering to the doomsayers or the AGW apostles ??

  54. Good morning from Austria, it is 8:40 am. The sun is shining and everything is well.

  55. Place not your trust in prophets & politicians. Weasels, every last thieving one of them. Here in the UK, I stayed awake until one minute past midnight with my suitcase packed& awaiting wapture. Nothing has changed it seems & I had such great hopes that there would be news that the Augean Stables known collectively as the White House, 10, Downing Street, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera, had been flushed through. So disappointing.

  56. Stay at the east side of the International Date Line that become the last one on the earth to see the world ends.

  57. Well, it’s just after midnight in California and I’m still here.
    The BBC is still on “the dish” and even the Asian Financial News is still running (and they’ve been in “today” for quite a while now.
    Maybe the world ends at the END of today instead of the beginning… We’ve still got a few hours before the end of the end ends… or something like that…
    Or maybe we’ve had The Rapture and I didn’t notice? But the spouse is still here and she is very religious… Oh well, maybe next “end of the world as we know it”…

  58. 08:10 am here in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire. Gloomy day, 10-10ths cloud, light drizzle, brisk wind from the south. BBC has forecast rain for most of the day. Looks like they got a better forecast. 🙂

  59. Yet another doomsday prediction – I have a very slight suspicion that nothing will happen!
    ”Time is an illusion, Lunchtime doubly so”
    (from Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy for those who haven’t had the immense pleasure!)

  60. Watching CNN so I can watch it live. Setting my DVR to a loction in at time zone that has it first so I can watch it again.

  61. You’re all off track- God is booked to be in the car with Lewis Hamilton for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix same as always. (S)he has no time for stuff like the starving millions etc when the faithful have races to win and suchlike prayers that need to be answered.
    But seriously folx- 5.30 PM here now- boy will my face be red if I am still here in half an hour’s time- I tried so hard to be a good gnome.

  62. Donald (South Australia) says: May 20, 2011 at 9:02 pm
    The only difference between these dopes and the Warmist charlatans is that they are just one step more stupid in naming the actual day.
    Don’t let such mere details lead you to believe such beliefs will just dissappear!
    Matthew 24:30 “they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. … 33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
    “the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, ‘This generation shall not pass till all these things be done.’ And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else.” [Here the imaginary critics end speaking. CS Lewis begins next.]
    It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible. Yet how teasing, also, that within fourteen words of it should come the statement “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.” The one exhibition of error and the one confession of ignorance grow side by side.
    To this, the skeptic may reply, “If Jesus incorrectly predicted His return within the contemporaneous generation, but actually did not know that … etc.” (http://www.thingstocome.org/whatgen.htm)

  63. Late afternoon here in Japan. May 21st and it’s my 59th birthday, woot. I’ve stocked up with beer and popcorn, and I’m going to sit in the garden and watch the show. I hope it’s very loud with lots of bright lights.

  64. Woody Allen used to say that if he knew that the world was to end in 10 minutes he would make wild, passionate love to his current significant other – and then put the kettle on for a nice cup of tea!

  65. I had a shower and my wife cut my hair. I’m ready and waiting ….waiting ,,,,, waiting
    Well not to worry, the seas will rise 100 meters next week or the centre of the earth will open up to reveal Gore’s millions of degrees or a polar bear will get me or ……

  66. The World doesn’t end on the 21st of May. The ‘good’ people just get taken up to heaven and the rest of us are left behind to experience the end of the World, coming on October the 21st. Most assume that the lucky few will just vanish but in fact their soulless bodies will remain, they will be zombies! The CDC already knows this and has put out warnings of the Zombie Apocalypse and how to prepare for it. Some of us suspect that this process has already started, I know I’ve met a few zombies over the phone when I was trying to complain about something.
    http://emergency.cdc.gov/socialmedia/zombies_blog.asp
    You have been warned.

  67. Heaven is where nothing ever happens
    Nothing has happened here
    Therefore I must be in heaven
    QED 🙂

  68. There’s nothing to worry about. God spoke to me directly and let me know that Camping is a tool. Or at least that’s what I think he said. He said that Judgment Day is not for another 50 billion years giver or take.
    Hey, it’s just as believable as Camping “doing the math”!

  69. I’m going to do what I always do – go play golf. A good way to go, I think.
    Seriously, as a Christian Catholic, I believe that only a dunderhead believes in the rapture. This is just so much nonsense coming from people who say they are People of the Book. I’d like for them to be people who can reconcile their religious beliefs with science for a change.
    Now if an asteroid hits us tomorrow, all bets are off.

  70. Did he say 6pm May 21st?
    IA. Analysis of Solar Active Regions and Activity from 19/2100Z
    to 20/2100Z: Solar activity was very low. The three spotted regions
    on the disk, 1214 (S24W70), 1216 (S16E19) and 1218 (S16E40) were all
    unipolar and magnetically simple.
    We may all soon be suffering from unipolar magnetically simple syndrome. Makes some folks go Poof.

  71. Read of a Bumper Sticker which read ‘In case of Rapture, this Car will be Unmanned’
    Told that this Bumper Sticker spawned another which said ‘In case of Rapture, can I have your Car Dude?’

  72. … and my wife cut my hair
    This is what I call planning ahead!
    As any dedicated believer knows, people of a gay disposition are not admitted to heaven under any circumstances. Hence, post-rupture models predict catastrophic general hair styling in paradise.
    Smart move. Better safe than sorry,
    Marcus

  73. I have a table booked at “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” at 42 minutes past the hour.

  74. Sorry to inform the believers that I’m still here at 6:40 pm 21 May 2011 and the worst that has happened is a slight rain shower.
    Glad I didn’t bet on that one!

  75. “Alcheson says:
    Uh oh… my EX just dissappeared! ”
    And how is that possibly a bad thing ????

  76. It’s 19:00 in Australia – and there is this funny glow in the sky – honestly, truly, a sort of purplish wishy eerie glowing phenomina.
    Hold on – it’s speaking (English (Aus dialect), of course) – “… De dah dee … Don’t worry, be happy ….” what the [snip . . you know how it works here]!
    Ed

  77. It’ll happen a 6PM wherever you are. Shows that even God bows down to the Greater God Longitude!

  78. “An atheist and entrepreneur from North Hampshire, Bart Centre, is enjoying a boost in business for Eternal Earth-bound Pets, which he set up to look after the pets of those who believe they will be raptured.
    He has more than 250 clients who are paying up to $135 (£83) to have their pets picked up and cared for after the rapture.
    They would be disappointed twice, he told the Wall Street Journal. “Once because they weren’t raptured and again because I don’t do refunds.””
    From the bbc news site, 21 05 11.

  79. I’m reminded of the famous cartoon where the rather lonely newspaper vendor’s stand has
    ‘World Ended Yesterday’
    as the headline. I don’t think he sold many.

  80. I was shopping and getting dinner when 6 p.m. on the 21st came and went. No worries here, no earth shaker and it is 19:42 hours on the 21st. By the time it is 6 p.m., on the 21st on the east coast of the US it will be 8 a.m. on the 22nd here in Australia.

  81. Wow lots of Good fun bashing these “Nutters” I See. Has anyone considered that it may be a clever stunt to get people to consider that from a Christian perspective “any” day could be judgement day. No one knows when but it’s great to see you all thinking about the big question which is…….. Where am I going to spend Eternity………have a great 22nd. :).

  82. Just found out about this – I was going to cut the grass, but this is the best excuse ever. I will do what every good Englishmn will do – go to the pub!
    As God obviously works on GMT we have just over 13 hours left, Anybody got the number for the Restaraunt at the End of the Universe?

  83. 21:50hrs, 21st May, 2011, Auckland, NZ. Obviously: it’s not ended (here) yet. The trains are still running, the traffic on the road is as mad, bad and thick (both quantitatively and qualitatively) as ever.
    Mr. Camping is possibly (probably?) timing it by his local time (Pacific Standard Time?) for the north American continent “at about 6p.m, 21st May” … That will be about 13:00 hrs, 22nd May for us down here. Darn: that means it’ll be tomorrow before it can happen …

  84. Apparently god is an American and does not understand time zones.
    I too am a member of PETA (picture). It’s People for the Eating of Tasty Animals right?
    I’ll be having a steak dinner.
    Tomorrow I’ll be scouring church lawns for a nice suit.

  85. James Sexton says:
    But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.—–Matthew 24:36
    For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.—- 1 Thessalonians 5:2
    +++++++++
    James I agree with your correct reference to the ‘thief in the night’, which is the title of a book on the subject by William Sears.
    The day and hour are no known, but the year is. The command to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem was given in the year called 457 BC (being 456 years prioer to the year 1), from which Jesus’s first and second coming can both be calculated. 456 plus the ‘2300 years’ = the year the Millerites and later Seventh Day Adventists (and thousands before and after them) agreed on: 1844 AD. As for the date, it was the evening of 22 May, not the 21st, though technically the 23rd because it was after sunset.
    The fact that the prophecy was not fulfilled literally any more than the prophecy about His first coming (being an army general kicking out the Romans) should be instructive.
    For those who really read this subject broadly, it will interest them to know that the ’40 and 2 months’ = 1260 years of days, a number used by other groups, notably the JW’s. The lunar year 1260 AH is contained within the year 1844, an overlap that happens rarely with solar and lunar calendars.
    The year 1260 AH is also 1000 years (lunar) after the disappearance of the 12th Imam, when His return was expected together with Another. That date (1844 AD / 1260 AH) is one of the most interesting agreements between the latter chapters of the Book of Daniel (to which Jesus referred His followers when asked about His return) and Book of Revelations, and the Koran. It seems their respective followers agree on little else, unfortunately.

  86. 11 am in UK and I just wondered if Australia had disappeared yet?
    Shame of such a fine sporting nation to meet its end so soon. And there won’t even be any Ashes left of them
    (For non-Empire readers…cricketing joke at the expense of the Oz)

  87. E.M.Smith says:
    May 21, 2011 at 12:07 am
    Maybe the world ends at the END of today instead of the beginning… We’ve still got a few hours before the end of the end ends… or something like that…

    Maybe it only works if you’re in a Daylight SAVINGS Time zone.

  88. If only the Old Testament punishment for false prophets was still used…….. there would be less people claiming to be prophets in God’s name. If a claimed prophecy did not come to pass, then they were stoned to death. Sort of makes you be really, really sure you are correct before opening your trap 🙂

  89. Think I’ll max out my credit cards, fit dolphins with high powered trackers and investigate class action suits for misrepresentation.

  90. Whaaat? You guys still down there? Oh this is so cool. Just a minute . . . what’s that, Lord? He says it’s gonna be ice .. lots and lots of ice .. . Sorry, gotta run . . there’s a briefing for new inductees . . .

  91. I’ve just spoken to my daughter in Australia…only realised afterwards that she wasn’t supposed to be around any more!

  92. Just to be on the safe side I took the family out for lunch at the Sea Vista Cafe at Gerringong NSW, where we sat out on the verandah looking out to sea and had seafood basket, prawns, squid,scallops and fish. A perfect way to go!
    I’ll go again next weekend!

  93. @barra
    ‘Has anyone considered that it may be a clever stunt to get people to consider that from a Christian perspective “any” day could be judgement day. No one knows when but it’s great to see you all thinking about the big question which is…….. Where am I going to spend Eternity………have a great 22nd. :)’
    Yep. Thought about your question a lot. Is it a clever stunt etc?….
    And after the deepest and most careful consideration the answer is:
    Nope,..just another bunch of religious nutters wanting their day of being laughed at.
    Sorry.

  94. I’m going to set my computer’s clock ahead by one day. Since this earthquake is smart enough to read time-zone maps, clocks and calendars, it will see that I’m already in May 22, and will skip me.

  95. Religion is a disease. Those infected are mad – they would willingly destroy themselves, their children, and indeed the world. Enlightened societies inoculate susceptible by infecting them with one of the more benign strains.

  96. I have a vibrating device from an old chair bolted the beams in my basement, it is on a timer to start at 6 pm tonite, I intend to play god with my family for exactly 1 minute.
    I hope I survive their rapture! “The bible proves it”, if it doesnt happen the bible is wrong, and maybe we can move on. I’ll bet my house stops shaking at 6:01, any takers?

  97. I had a conversation with a ‘doomsday fan’ not too long ago.
    I said all the predictions of the end of the world had one important thing in common. She was most interested until I went on. I said this one thing was that they had ALL been wrong.
    Her answer? ‘Only about the timing’.
    She couldn’t, or wouldn’t, understand that with ‘prediction’ it is ALL about the timing……………….large sigh!

  98. I have a shooting match that I am really looking forward to. Can you schedule it sometime after 15:00 Central time? (That’s a joke!)
    Everyone laughs at those people for talking about the end of the world. It seems to me that we should find equal humor and heap equal scorn and ridicule on the Goracle et al. (That is NOT a joke!)
    For those in a classical mood, you might find this album of interest. It is an acapella mass that was written for the end of time; the Year 1000, when all the Illuminati and Glitterati, the Best and the Brightest just KNEW that the world was coming to an end. Just like today. To listen to it is to hear the Angels sing! (All in Latin, but still beautiful.)
    http://www.amazon.com/1000-Mass-End-Time-4/dp/B00004UFGW/ref=sr_1_7?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1305978554&sr=1-7
    Regards,
    Steamboat Jack (Jon Jewett’s evil twin)

  99. I hope the IRS takes this opportunity to revoke their Non-Prophet status, and throw this fool in the slammer.

  100. I woke up this morning and am still here so I must no be one of the “good” people.

  101. @ A Lovell says:
    May 21, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I had a conversation with a ‘doomsday fan’ not too long ago.
    I said all the predictions of the end of the world had one important thing in common. She was most interested until I went on. I said this one thing was that they had ALL been wrong.
    Her answer? ‘Only about the timing’.

    Actually they have 2 things in common. The other being that they are all scams that prey on the innocent and gullible.
    She couldn’t, or wouldn’t, understand that with ‘prediction’ it is ALL about the timing……………….large sigh!

  102. Lord Cherwell CSO to Winston Churchill during WW2
    “The Germans cannot have developed rockets because the British can’t build them.” As a result, thousands died from the V1s and V2s.
    Prof. David King (CSO to Brown PM) , “by 2100 only Antarctica will be habital by humans.”
    WWF: ‘by 2012 all the Arctic ice will have gone’
    Paul Erlich: “by 2000 all the oil will have run out. By 2015 all species on earth will be extinct.”
    “With so many past failures, you might think that environmental predictions would become more cautious. But not if it’s a ‘religion’. Remember, the nut on the sidewalk carrying the placard that predicts the end of the world doesn‘t quit when the world doesn’t end on the day he expects. He just changes his placard, sets a new doomsday date, and goes back to walking the streets. One of the defining features of ‘religion’ is that your beliefs are not troubled by facts, because they have nothing to do with facts.”
    Michael Crichton (1942-2008)
    ‘Remarks to the Commonwealth Club’
    San Francisco, September 15, 2003

  103. Even if the rapture did happen today, how would we know? There are so very few people who are truly ‘pure’ enough to qualify.
    I think that tomorrow, that we should remind all ‘believers’ in rapture that it happened, and they missed it!

  104. Well, it’s 10:30 at night on the 21st here in Japan…there was a lot of screaming outside but it was just the neighbor’s grill flaring up.
    I spent the afternoon at Hashirimizu beach digging clams. I kept reciting The Walrus and the Carpenter to myself.
    “The time has come,” the Walrus said,
    To talk of many things:
    Of shoes—and ships—and sealing-wax—
    Of cabbages—and kings—
    And why the sea is boiling hot—
    And whether pigs have wings.”
    Then we had a big fish and clam bake. A good end to a good day; hopefully not my last but living as if it was.

  105. Mount Megiddo the beginning place. All religions need a purpose of finality. Armageddon of sorts.
    The Inuit must stop eating meat, vegan more good.

  106. Ian H says:
    May 21, 2011 at 4:31 am
    Religion is a disease
    Point on. A lowly citizen of immense thought, 1790, proclaimed the same except for, Government is a disease if allowed to be larger than a person. Our government is a religion.

  107. No person is perfect, so no one will vanish. That is how we will know it has actually happened.
    I was fairly certain the world was going to end around 1980, when we ran out of oil. When Mount St. Helens blew in 1979 I saw it as the start.
    This enabled me to get through the 1970’s without needing to take college courses, or save money, or even work a real job much. Great fun, but I suffered a bit of a hang-over in the 1980’s, I must admit.

  108. I have often wondered what exactly is meant with “the end of the world”. Does it just mean the end of the human race, which would be unfortunate for billions of farm animals, or the end of the planet with everything, including rats, cats, dogs and monkeys, on it? Can someone explain why PETA would think this a good thing?

  109. “you’re no good, no good, no good, baby you’re no good”
    Anybody see Mr. Camping this morning?
    How about Gore, Hansen, Mann, Jones, etc?

    • Well it is 8AM in California and I’m awake and still kicking. Scanning the skies I see nothing.
      And PETA and Camping are still idiots.

  110. Well here I am in Melbourne down under, after midnight, 12.55 to be exact on the dawning of a new day, 22nd May 2011. No Horsemen of the Apocolypse, not even one little Millenium Bug…Phewww… Earth survives another tipping point…Though it was a bit windy a while back…

  111. I’m opening my pool, cutting my foot high grass, introducing 6 new chickens to the old flock of 5. My wife is burning old papers and cardboard in the chimnea. Later I’m taking the 1930 Model A pickup for a ride to the farmers market to buy some aged steaks. We are also donating my wifes old car to the fire dept. so they can practice search and rescue with it. This evening (if the world is still here) we are celebrating my inlaw’s 50th anniversary. Pretty full day!!!!

  112. As I understand it, Camping was saying this evening, presumably Pacific time.
    And remember, the rapture is the catching away of the faithful. Those who remain continue, but life gets harder and harder for the tribulation. I suppose few recall “A Thief in the Night, 1972.”

  113. Well given that the Y2K Bug was going to be the worst thing ever and the News Media would NEVER LIE to us or puff the facts, we are all dead anyway. Besides the Hole in the Ozone layer and KILLER BEES got us long ago. The reason we are having this Global Warming is because we entered the next ice age back in the 1960s.
    One question: Is there intelligent life on Earth???

  114. Roy says:
    May 21, 2011 at 2:08 am
    What is the point of sticking this story in this blog?
    ———————–
    Idiotic apocalyptic predictions that never come to pass. Totally on-topic Roy.

  115. Are you all still out there? It’s 9:00 am on the west coast and I can feel the end of the world parties spawning around me. Buckets of ice and beer, tri tip and BBQ chicken! Maybe I’ll hook up with one of those parties and at 11:30pm ( cause your damn right God’s an Anerican) I’ll touch my wife’s cheek gently, look deep into her eyes, and say, “you know we only have half an hour, what shall we do?”

  116. Roger Longstaff says:
    May 21, 2011 at 2:46 am
    Anybody got the number for the Restaraunt at the End of the Universe?
    Yup…
    Revelation 777777

  117. Slightly off-thread
    Re the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
    The four Horsemen of the Apocalypse went for a drink in a pub in Liverpool.
    An hour later, a solemn vow not to drink in Liverpool, not to even visit Liverpool, was sworn by the four Pedestrians of the Apocalypse.
    Thanks to Derek – http://www.bestfilthyjokes.co.uk/
    It’s for the openminded.

  118. 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 it had to perish twice,
    I think I know enough of hate
    To say that for destruction ice
    Is also great,
    And would suffice.
    Robert Frost

  119. Curiousgeorge says:
    May 21, 2011 at 5:14 am
    “I hope the IRS takes this opportunity to revoke their Non-Prophet status,….”
    CG – that’s just toooooooo damn funny!!!! I’ll use it – Thanks for the belly laugh! I nearly squirted coffee out my nose on that one!
    It’s ‘C and C’ here (coffee and cartoons) for breakfast, here in the Peoples Republic of Washington State. Two eagles in the big fir tree out front, eyeing the week old goslings with their goose and gander escorts, on this little puddle of a lake.
    Looks like ‘God’s in His heaven and all’s right with the world!’

  120. I’ve telepathically contacted the Mothership, boarding starts at 16:00 at any bus stop near your residence…anyone want to go for a little ride?
    Tickets are $20 at the gate, $15 through paypal at a convenient website I’ve set up. Hit me up here and I’ll hook you up, once the funds have been transmitted to my account, for those that wanna go…. ;0)

  121. AndiC says:
    May 20, 2011 at 9:58 pm
    Well, it’s fast approaching 5pm here in Godzone (NZ for the masses), and nothing – quite disappointing as my Tax bill is due and it would be the ultimate avoidance strategy.
    Do you think they’ll believe me when I tell them I expected the world to end, so spent it !!!!
    Andy
    Believe you, yes; forgive your debt? uh, no……

  122. 12 Noon in Chicago…..if anyone is left to read this, well, then I’ll see you at the party!

  123. It was my son’s 18th yesterday (20th) so I celebrated in grand style knowing the world was about to end. The world hasn’t ended but it does feel like it. Couldn’t even summon the energy to watch the little blighter play cricket looking as fresh as a daisy. Oh, the be 18 again.

  124. This is handy, now I won’t have to worry about putting gas in my car or paying my mortgage. I’m mostly ready, I’ve pared down my belongings, sold a bunch of stuff on eBay…… but I really need more time. Could we postpone this to sometime in August, maybe toward the end of the month?

  125. This “end of the world” will never happen because God has not performed the proper studies and has gotten the proper permits from the EPA

  126. I hope that someone tomorrow puts an arm around the shoulders of Harold Camping and says “there, there, it’s not the End of the World”

  127. Reminds me of the 666 crew waking up one day and realizing that their sign had been upside down. Now they’re the 999 crew until somebody finds a missing number.

  128. pwl says:
    May 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm
    I’m putting a pair of shoes, socks, pants, undies, t-shirt, shirt onto the side walk in front of my place and videoing it. Lots of people walk by. So it’ll be fun to see their reactions. Muh ha ha! ];)]

    PWL, be sure to let us see the video or at least tell us what happens.

  129. Scottish Sceptic says: “…Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, ‘This generation shall not pass till all these things be done.’ And he was wrong.”
    The Bible as we know it wasn’t written down for many years after 35 AD. Some scholars believe (and some don’t) that the original account of Jesus’ life was merely a collection of his sayings, and that all the “Gospels” were rehashings by others, attempts to put those same sayings into some sort of context, either historical or philosophical. If true, this would explain many of the oddities and inconsistencies of the New Testament. It appears that, in the process, two of Jesus’ predictions were conflated in later manuscripts: (1) the end of the world (which can’t be predicted by human agency) and (2) the destruction of Jerusalem (which DID occur before the generation of 35 AD passed away.)
    There is much evidence that the early believers DID expect Jesus to return quickly, but whether from wishful thinking or from whatever scripture they possessed is unknown. It is possible that the conflation occurred very early.
    An interesting book on scripture (from the viewpoint of an agnostic but well-informed Biblical scholar) is Misquoting Jesus. I don’t recommend it for fundamentalists, anyone of weak faith, or anyone who believes that the King James Version is the infallible Word of God even though it wasn’t cobbled together until 1611.

  130. @ John A says:
    May 21, 2011 at 10:18 am
    I hope that someone tomorrow puts an arm around the shoulders of Harold Camping and says “there, there, it’s not the End of the World”
    I hope that all those gullible enough to subscribe to his brand of BS to the tune of over 100 million dollars, put a rope around his neck and hang him from the nearest tree. This pos is nothing more than a con artist, no different than Jim Jones.

  131. Jeff Alberts says:
    May 21, 2011 at 10:09 am
    I’m shaking my head at how people believe religious nonsense, and probably will be for many years to come.
    ____________
    Why should religious nonsense be any different?

  132. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_end_times_prediction
    Year 1806 The Prophet Hen of Leeds
    In Leeds, England in 1806 a hen began laying eggs on which the phrase “Christ is coming” written on the eggs.[3] Eventually it was discovered to be a hoax. The hoaxster had written on the eggs in a corrosive ink so to etch the eggs, and reinserted the eggs back into the hen.[4] The Prophet Hen of Leeds

  133. jorgekafkazar says:
    May 21, 2011 at 11:19 am
    ………….. or anyone who believes that the King James Version is the infallible Word of God even though it wasn’t cobbled together until 1611.
    ———
    Not to mention the removal of “apocryphal books” from the Bible, of which hebrew manuscripts were later found confirming cannonicity(sp?).

  134. Now, as we all know, the sophisticated media would not fall for a prediction as preposterous as this. Well compare this to the Y2K bug in which all electronics were supposed to fail at midnight January 1, 2000. This was supposed to be TEOTWAWKI or ” The End of the World as We Know It”. The elite media were full of scare stories. Power grids, telephone networks, cash registers and everything else were supposed to fail. . New Zealand is the first large country to greet the new day or new year. People were starting rumours that New Zealand had suddenly vanished from the Internet and all communication networks. Some people believed the rumours
    So these people are 11 years late. The world as we know it has already ended.
    The clock rollover problem (eg going 98 99 and then back to 00) is a standard issue in operating and other systems. There has to be a clock and it has to have a maximum value. The systems are set up to cope with this and it is not a difficult problem to deal with. All the elite media had to do was to ask somebody and they would have found out but then why waste a good story. A comparison between the followers of Camp and the followers of the elite media would be an interesting sociological story. Faith in authority is a common human trait
    If Orson Welles were still alive, he could do a radio play about this. Sophisticated city dwellers would not believe that the world was ending

  135. I’m going to Cleveland because Mark Twain wrote that “When the end of the world comes, I would like to be in Cleveland- everything there happens 10 years later.”

  136. Tom Gray says:
    May 21, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    If Orson Welles were still alive, he could do a radio play about this. Sophisticated city dwellers would not believe that the world was ending

    Fixed. 😛
    DaveE.

  137. 6pm was nearly 2 hours ago. I guess he got it wrong just like AGW doomsayers. Next date May 21st 2012. ;O)

  138. Someone needs to do a head count on Jehovah’s Witness members quick.
    From Wiki — the number of Christians going to heaven is limited to exactly 144,000, who will rule with Jesus as kings and priests over earth

  139. I’m getting no reply to any emails… websites I’ve looked at were last updated May 20th – is there anyone out there?? Reply please – someone!
    Hey, RealClimate is still active though…

  140. Grimsvotn Volcano in Iceland has started erupting in the last few hours. Should I start saying my goodbyes now, or just pop down to my local for a few pints of Guinness ?

  141. Apparently many of the believers sold their belongings and burned throuth their cash. When will they learn.

  142. If you’re really into irony, you should check out some of the comments on the ‘rapture’ article over at Climate Progress.
    Many CP commenters are baffled by people believing such stupid nonsense when, as every child knows, the world really is going to end due to AGW real soon now.
    Really funny,
    Marcus

  143. “he’s not a prophet , he’s a very naughty boy “!!! Wouldn’t the Monty Python team have fun with this one.

  144. @Philip Foster .. . .
    Uh . . . sorry, dude . . . I guess you’ve been ‘left behind’ . . .

  145. You evangelical Christians believe you will saved by being
    physically swept away during the Rapture.
    Have you considered that you might have gotten that backwards? I.e. maybe the
    ones “saved” will be precisely those who are “left behind”?
    That’s actually the way the Bible describes it in Mat 24:37
    “37 For _as the days of Noah were_, _so will be_ the coming of the Son of Man.
    38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying
    and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark,
    39 and they knew nothing until the flood came and _swept them all away_, so too
    will be the coming of the Son of Man.
    40 Then two will be in the field; _one will be taken and one will be left_.
    41 Two women will be grinding meal together; _one will be taken and one will be
    left_. ”
    But which is which? Who will be “saved”? the one “taken” or the one “left”?
    Verse 37 contains the answer: it will be as in the days of Noah, the ones swept
    away (“taken”) were the losers, the ones _not_ swept away (i.e. Noah and crew)
    were saved. They got to stay in the earth (v’haaretz). The meaning is plain to
    me.
    I’ve thought about this a lot and have not found a verse in the Bible that really supports the view that the ones taken are saved. Recall that the warnings in the Old Testament all
    revolve around the evil being swept away. The “good guys” get to stay.

    Proverbs 2:22 But the wicked will be removed from the land, and the treacherous will be uprooted.
    Proverbs 10:25 When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.
    Proverbs 10:30 The righteous will never be uprooted, but the wicked will not remain in the land.
    Proverbs 12:3 A man cannot be established through wickedness, but the righteous cannot be uprooted.
    Job 21:18 How often are they like straw before the wind, like chaff swept away by a gale?
    Psalm 52:5 Surely God will bring you down to everlasting ruin: He will snatch you up and tear you from your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
    Psalm 58:9 Before your pots can feel [the heat of] the thorns–whether they be green or dry–the wicked will be swept away.
    Psalm 90:5 You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning–

    Just saying.
    😐

  146. Ask Northampton Rugby team about the end of their world this afternoon in Cardiff (Wales) Millenium Stadium when the Leinster (Ireland) team took them apart in the 2nd half of the match. Northampton were leading 22/6 at half time and didn’t score even one more point.
    It is 22.51 Irish Summer time here now and everything is stil and peaceful outside. I am fed up waiting for the “Rapture” so I’m off to bed.
    See you all in the morning D.V. (Deo Volente)

  147. My wife and I are celebrating our 39th wedding anniversary. It was actually on the 20th, but we both had to work.
    So we are up in Vail working out some of the sexual tensions left over from the years together.
    Tough work but someone has to do it.

  148. Should I pay my utillities bills before or after?Will I be saved if I change to Green Energy tariff?.Guidance anyone?

  149. Johanus, I agree with you completely, except for your use of
    “evangelical” – which means those who believe in the Good news. We are talking about American fundamentalists who are following “Dispensationalism” – a relatively new late 19th Century heresy – which leads to all sorts of problems – It wasn’t the faith of Wilberforce, Newton, Shaftesbury, Whitefield, (or in USA: Edwards, Dabney )
    As well, the ten commandments come with a comment from God that he will bless those who keep them for a thousand generations – or something like 25,000 years – I think Moses was about 3500 years ago – so settle down folks and start putting the teachings of Jesus into practice instead of wanting to be removed. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us! 🙂 –
    and we do need to look after this world as stewards – so the climate controversy is something we need to understand

  150. Australia has made it past the 21st.
    So I’m still around to debate Scottish Sceptic. At 12:36 am he quotes Christ as saying ‘this (i.e. His) generation’ would see the end of the world. My divinity student friend tells me that the word ‘this’ is a special Greek term meaning ‘this which was just referred to’. Look up the passage and the part immediately preceding ‘this’, and you’ll find that it doesn’t necessarily refer to Christ’s generation at all.

  151. Norman Greenbaum’s “Spirit in the Sky” is still a great song. Only one theological error – that’s better than Family Radio! 😀

  152. If I remember my prophecy correctly, only 144000 in the entire world are going to leave in the first round of the apocalypse. In a world of 7 billion, that’s about 1 in 48000. I wonder how that ratio compares to people who just go missing on any given day? Milk cartons, “have you seen me?” unexplained mysteries, etc. Do any of us here even know anywhere near 48000 people? I believe prophecy also compares the rapture to “a thief in the night”, which to me that sounds like we’re not even going to know that anything happened until it’s already passed. I believe Rev also implies that everything will seem hunky-dory for quite some time before the bad stuff really starts coming to a head. So in other words, if the 144000 got raptured, we may not even notice, and it will be business as usual for another 3 1/2 years.

  153. For my last supper, I would want a huge rare filet with massive prawns and lobster tails covered with melted cheese. In your face vegans!

  154. Arizona 5:00 PM local time and NO RAPTURE.
    Luckily we planned ahead though, and got our party-animal neighbors to throw a wall buster tonight. The theme is decadence. Party show-time in two hours.

  155. It’s now 09:30AM on the 22nd here offshore West Papua. 00:30hrs on the 22nd UTC I believe.
    I’m still here – is anybody else?

  156. “Daryl M says:
    May 21, 2011 at 4:27 pm
    For my last supper, I would want a huge rare filet with massive prawns and lobster tails covered with melted cheese. In your face vegans!”
    I had not one but TWO nice steaks for dinner… A filet and a NY strip.

  157. [continuing after I forgot and hit “Tab”…..]
    Re Doonesbury, click “Previous” until you get back to Monday, then advance to the present.
    IanM

  158. My doctor called me today.
    He said “I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
    Which do you want to hear first?”
    I said ‘give me the good news’.
    He told me that I had 24 hours to live.
    I said ‘that’s terrible, what’s the bad news?
    “I’ve been trying to get a hold of you since yesterday”

  159. Anyone claiming to know when the rapture will happen, has either not read or not understood Jesus declarations:
    “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
    Matthew 24:36-37 NIV
    “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
    Matthew 24:26-27 NIV

  160. climatebeagle says:
    May 21, 2011 at 7:11 pm
    Earthquake here at 7:04pm, which would be 6:04pm without daylight saving ….
    http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsus/Quakes/nc71573330.html#details
    ———————–
    Didn’t feel a thing, 13 miles from the epicenter but, you never know – out of a damp squib, a mighty oak can grow, or something like that.
    It’s all (not) happening around here. Could drive down to the pastor’s house in 10 minutes from here for an update on my impending demise. I’ll more likely have an early night.
    … and Tom in Texas, the one I heard (from a resident actually) was that if you ever get diagnosed with cancer and have six months to live, move to Savannah, Georgia. You’ll still die in six months, but it will seem like a lot longer.

  161. Pamela,
    Glad you enjoyed the CD. The same group also did one of American gospel songs. It includes an arrangement of “Amazing Grace”. Long story, but that hymn was the anthem of the Puritans who ended the world wide slave trade.
    http://www.amazon.com/American-Angels-Songs-Redemption-Glory/dp/B0001ADB4Q/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1306036136&sr=1-3
    The song is powerful (it’s played at all the police funerals, etc.), but knowing the history makes it all that much more so. It’s sort of personal with me. An ancestor, John Punchard Jewett was the publisher in Boston who published Uncle Tom’s Cabin.
    Enjoy!
    Steamboat Jack (Jon Jewett’s evil twin.)

  162. All we got was another Iceland Volcano tee shirt.
    Harold has a lot of backpeddling to do, and a bunch of nosy reporters to fight off.

  163. Llama Dung
    … and now for something completely different:
    The rise of the ancient Inca Empire is being credited to an
    increase in the availability of llama dung as a fertilizer
    that, together with an increase in temperatures in
    Peru and the Andes, promoted the growing of maize.
    According to a study published in archeological review Antiquity,
    “Llama droppings provided the basis for the growth of Inca society.”
    The Antiquity authors also noted, “Some 1,800 years after they
    first moved from hunter-gathering to agriculture, around 1100AD,
    a bout of prolonged warmer weather allowed the civilisation
    to really flourish, leading to the building of large stone settlements
    like Ollaytaytambo and Machu Picchu.”
    It helped the clear out some glacier fields, allowing the overland
    transportation of goods through the mountains and, incidentally,
    promoted the propagation of llamas. This would have tended
    to increase the llama population and generate even more llama dung.
    See:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-13439093

  164. Well, it appears as if we were saved by a very unusual set of circumstances.
    Global warming suddenly kicked in and added several hundred degrees at the same moment that the hole in the ozone layer got large enough to spew the heat outward at the incoming planet from the Sumerian folklore that materialized out of nowhere. The heat pushed it slightly off balance, and Nibiru missed us by a country mile.
    Meanwhile the aliens on the way to blast us with their futuristic weapons as foretold by Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and apparently honorary AGW climatologist, didn’t pay attention to their sensors due to the latest media blitz about the Schwarzenegger scandal and the Kahn resignation from the IMF, and the ships were destroyed. As a result, their power core fell into the atmosphere and reformed the ozone layer while dropping global temperatures to normal.
    …So, I just wrote that in about a minute, do I qualify to be a pro-AGW scientist yet? Or was that too believable?

  165. Since the world ended yesterday, and we do not feel the difference, there can be only one logical conclusion: we are all in heaven already!

  166. Camping is nowhere to be found; perhaps he’s changed his first initial to D.? Or maybe he was Taken (along with the other 143,999 Elect). That’s so few we’d hardly notice, after all …

  167. Oh ye of little faith! The Rapture actually did happen, in Tampa Florida right around 2:30 P.M. Unfortunately for Boston Bruin fans it happened at the St Pete Times Forum. The Boston team was no where to be seen in the 2nd and 3rd periods. After dominating and leading 3-0 at the end of the first period, they disappeared allowing 5 straight goals by the home town Tampa Bay Lightning. The final: 5-3 Tampa Bay!

  168. I’m alive and I couldn’t be happier. Wait a minute; who’s that man breaking into my garage. Oh my God, he has a gun and a very strange look in his eyes………..

  169. It was bad this morning, our cable TV and Broadband went down at midnight, just back 17 hours later, risen from the ashes of Armageddon. Road traffic was pretty hellish as well this afternoon but I’m hopeful tha,t as a survivor, this is the land of milk and honey.

  170. “Meanwhile the aliens on the way to blast us with their futuristic weapons as foretold by Dr. Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist and apparently honorary AGW climatologist, didn’t pay attention to their sensors due to the latest media blitz about the Schwarzenegger scandal and the Kahn resignation from the IMF, and the ships were destroyed. As a result, their power core fell into the atmosphere and reformed the ozone layer while dropping global temperatures to normal.”
    Or, due to a disastrous miscalculation of scale, the entire invasion fleet was swallowed by a small dog.
    h/t Douglas Adams

  171. I went to the National Fruit Collection and the RHS Garden. Both places appeared to be thriving, although rain would be valued. Please send it to NW Europe from the States as it’s been the driest spring in decades.
    No-one seemed anything but happy as it was a glorious fine day.
    Just remember: all that stuff was written 2000 years ago.
    It really was just talking about the end of the Piscean era, not the end of the world.
    The next era is more focussed on science than religion.
    Which for devoted Christians 2000 years ago would surely have been seen as the end of the world…..

  172. Roy says:
    May 21, 2011 at 2:08 am
    > What is the point of sticking this story in this blog?
    This is the “Commentary on puzzling things in life …” part.

  173. The “rapture” is a predicted (sorry – projected) outcome of the AGW general circulation models. These mighty software engines have come up with an alarming scenario, the “radiative asymptotic permutation of the troposphe by un-absorbed re-propagated emissions.” Or, the “rapture” – another way of saying runaway CAGW. An interesting side-prediction is that, at exactly midnight on the September 2011 equinox, all AGW believers will be caught up into the heavens by a radiative-convective process, while us deniars and skeptics will be left to face the tribulation, the seals, trumpets and vials of wrathful global warming caused by all those sinful carbon emissions.

  174. I was on an island in the middle of the Indian River watching the sunset and the lights from Cocoa come on across the water. There was a light sourtherly breeze, the love-bugs went away at dusk and because of the drought there were no mosquitoes. All in all a lovely evening.

  175. I guess the only thing that might save this prediction now would be having the latest volcano eruption in Iceland be the initial stage of the worst supervolcano eruption ever.

  176. mbabbitt says on May 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    “……Harold Camping. He’s an old man and he put his entire life and reputation on the line for this silly prediction.”
    Which brings to mind one of the philosophers covered in Leonard Peikoff’s old history of philosophy course. In his old age the philosopher said something to the effect of “I know it’s right, but you can’t live that way.” Um, run that by me again?
    Al Gore has been accused of living that statement. 🙂

  177. Keith Sketchley says:
    May 31, 2011 at 10:55 am
    mbabbitt says on May 20, 2011 at 10:57 pm
    “……Harold Camping. He’s an old man and he put his entire life and reputation on the line for this silly prediction.”

    While struggling to preserve and survive on the $80 million or so he’s extracted from the sheepoids.
    Little known possible fact: His middle initial is “D.” … 😉

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