(It's after midnight, so that is chronologically correct.)
I was reminded of this by my good friend Michael Christelman ("The Wonderful World of Nothing") and his post from yesterday morning. He'd planned not post his final post until the day before 21 December 2012, but then he tripped onto this nutball from Family Radio, who swears that the world will end tomorrow, 21 May. Uh-huh. Wait, there's more: he has reasons!
- Camping teaches that the world will end May 21 2011 using the following reasoning:
- According to Camping, the number five equals "atonement", the number ten equals "completeness", and the number seventeen equals "heaven".
- Christ is said to have hung on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. The time between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011 is 1,978 years.
- If 1,978 is multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar year, not to be confused with the lunar year), the result is 722,449.
- The time between April 1 and May 21 is 51 days.
- 51 added to 722,449 is 722,500.
- (5 x 10 x 17)2 or (atonement x completeness x heaven)2 also equals 722,500
I knew about him some time ago, because I saw a bumper sticker (that I photographed) that read Family Radio on it and some other religious reference and I looked it up and found this ding-dong, Harold Camping. It wasn't hard. However, I was quite amused by the fact that he fowled up his predictions of the world ending numerous times. I would imagine he is not planning to walk the street giving away his money later today...