The forecasts for the beginning of this century were quite ominous. Firstly the Y2K bug, then the Rapture, and then the End of the World.
Does anyone know what the Y2K bug actually was? Basically, computers were not future proofed and so only stored 2 numbers of the year, so 91 or 99, and simply prefixed 19 whenever asked. So the thought was that when the clocks ticked over to the year 2000, all computers what see the time as 1900, but wait, computers weren't around then! And so the computer would have a melt-down, or explode, or attack humanity.
Microsoft actually released a patch to prevent this apocalypse so luckily we were all saved. It must also be noted that a 32 bit date system used in Unix systems will have the same effect as returning to epoc time, but that is due to happen 2038.
The most recent apocalypse happened 21st May 2011, at 6pm EDT. Missed that one? Me too. A large community of the Christian faith believed that the second coming of Jesus would occour that day. Apocalypse 2011 it seemed, was a slight miscalculation. So how did this date even come about?
Wikipedia has this to say:
In 1970, Camping dated the Great Flood to 4990 BC. Using this date, taking the statement in Genesis 7:4 ("Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth") to be a prediction of the end of the world, and combining it with 2 Peter 3:8 ("With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day"), Camping concluded that the end of the world would occur in 2011, 7000 years from 4990 BC. Camping takes the 17th day of the second month mentioned in Genesis 7:11 to be May 21, and hence predicts the rapture to occur on this date.
Sounds like reason enough for me, but nothing happened, so what now?
On May 23, 2011, Harold Camping stated that May 21 had been a "spiritual" Judgment Day and that the Rapture will occur on October 21, 2011, together with the destruction of the world.
So we are still awaiting the death and destruction all of man kind. Fan-fucking-tastic.
Next up, if we survive the physical rapture, is the Mayan worlds end prediction. These have been justified using mostly astrological alignments and the end of a calender created thousands of years ago.
Since this theory took off there have been numerous different theories on what will cause the end of the world. None of which have any real credit to them, as far as I am aware.
So that's my rant.
I posted a message on the Apocalypse 2011 website and am hoping that it makes it past the moderation. I doubt it. Though I did leave a link to my blog and so if anyone has ended up here from there, feel free to leave a message. I will only remove content if the post is excessively vulgar, but it will still show that a post was made.