Sunday, April 17, 2011

Skeeter Davis Alert™:
End of the World postponed three years!

Publication: Weekly World News (via the Sun)
Date: 25 April 2011

The Weekly World News and the Sun, allegedly two different editorial staffs sharing the same pages, got their wires crossed this week. The Sun has a story about the JFK assassination and the Weekly World News has a headline about the end of the world.

The Weekly World News tells us that someone who predicted the apocalypse has come out and changed the date by three years.

Let me admit a weakness. This headline made me open the tabloid, something I do not do on general principles. The person changing his mind was some off brand preacher from Alabama who said the end of the world would be in 2010, who now says the correct date is 2013.

Just to be clear, it was NOT Dr. Harold Camping changing his mind. He still says the Rapture will take place on May 21, 2011.

Of course, he also predicted it would be September 6, 1994, and when that day came and went incident free, he pushed the date back to March 1995. After his second swing and miss, the good Doctor said "The Lord has decided to tarry."

In the immortal words of Rocket J. Squirrel, "But that trick NEVER works."


sfmike said...

Have you seen the billboards around the Bay Area telling us about May 21st, and how "The Bible Guarantees It"?

Matty Boy said...

I haven't seen the billboards yet, but KEAR 610 AM (used to be KFRC, one of two Top 40 stations back in the day with KYA), is innocuously known as "Family Radio" and there are a passel of cars in my neighborhood that sport the bumper stickers.

Dr. Camping has great big brass ones that clank when he walks if he thinks he can claim "the Bible guarantees it", because the Bible says in very clear language that no one will know the day and time. (Matthew 24:36)

Did I mention recently that we don't deserve to survive as a species? I think I did.