The world didn’t end today, and there are likely a handful of more naïve preppers out there who are very disappointed. But for the more reasonable among the survivalist set, prepping for the worst and hoping for the best will continue.
Just for fun, here is a collection of videos to celebrate humanity’s survival of the fabled Mayan doomsday prophecy.
NASA, which has been bombarded in recent weeks with phone calls from people worried about impending doom, explains why nothing happened:
Or if you prefer less science in your explanation, this guy has some interesting things to say:
R.E.M’s awesome song for preppers:
A remix created by the audio-visual performance group Eclectic Method which combines end of the world moments from a number of major motion pictures:
Here are a few other doomsday prophecies that we survived:
Prophecy Of A Witch Hunter
Puritan Preacher and Salem Witch Trial enabler Cotton Mather, who preached at the First Church of Boston, got into the business of predicting doomsdays after he finished outing witches. He told his flock on no fewer than four occasions that he had definitively figured out the year of humanity’s demise. Mather predicted TEOTWAWKI in 1697 then moved the date to 1736 when it didn’t happen. He later revised his prediction to 1716 and moved it to 1717 when that didn’t happen. Mather stopped predicting doomsdays in 1728 when he met his own demise.
In his book Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, 19th century writer Charles Mackay writes of a doomsday prophecy delivered via the eggs of a hen in Leeds, England:
A panic terror of the end of the world seized the good people of Leeds and its neighbourhood in the year 1806. It arose from the following circumstances. A hen, in a village close by, laid eggs, on which were inscribed the words, “Christ is coming.” Great numbers visited the spot, and examined these wondrous eggs, convinced that the day of judgment was near at hand. Like sailors in a storm, expecting every instant to go to the bottom, the believers suddenly became religious, prayed violently, and flattered themselves that they repented them of their evil courses. But a plain tale soon put them down, and quenched their religion entirely. Some gentlemen, healing of the matter, went one fine morning, and caught the poor hen in the act of laying one of her miraculous eggs. They soon ascertained beyond doubt that the egg had been inscribed with some corrosive ink, and cruelly forced up again into the bird’s body. At this explanation, those who had prayed, now laughed, and the world wagged as merrily as of yore.
A Great Disappointment
Later, American Baptist preacher William Miller had a dream that the second coming of Christ and the fulfillment of the Book of Revelation was near. After some reluctance to announce a date, he settled on telling his followers that Christ would return on October 22, 1844. What ensued became known as The Great Disappointment.
More recently in 1997, police discovered 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult dead in a mansion on a hill in Del Mar, Calif. The individuals had committed ritual suicide because of the claims of their leader Marshall Applewhite, who believed the Earth was about to be recycled by its cosmic masters. Applewhite and his followers believed that the approaching Hale-Bopp comet slated to pass near Earth on the date had a spaceship traveling in its tail upon which they could hitch a ride if they killed themselves at the right moment.
Some people, believing that computers couldn’t handle the jump from 1999 to 2000, took to bunkers on Dec. 31, 1999. Others cashed in all of their investments and subsequently lost money when the changing date didn’t shut down financial institutions or cause planes to fall from the sky.
The Ramblings Of Harold Camping
California-based Christian radio broadcaster claimed last year to have discovered the exact date of “The Rapture” using a Bible-based numerology. He expected that on May 21, 2011, about 200 million Christians would leave the planet. Later, on October 21, 2011, the entire universe was supposed to go up in flames. Some of Camping’s followers are still waiting in anticipation of the end.