If you’re reading this, you are one of nearly 7 billion people who survived doomsday. According to Harold Camping, the doomsday prophet best known for not being a doomsday prophet, predicted that today, October 21st, 2011, would be the end of the world.
Camping caused a media frenzy earlier this year when he predicted that the world would end on May 21st, 2011. When the world didn’t end, Camping said that he had misinterpreted the word of God. May 21st was actually the beginning of a five month judgement period. The real date of doomsday was October 21st.
But surprisingly, the sun rose as scheduled today.
When a reporter from Reuters showed up at Campings’ home this morning, the 90-year-old radio host answered the door in his bathroom and said:
“We’re not having a conversation. There’s nothing to report here.”
Camping, who is an evangelical broadcaster on his Family Radio station, has stayed out of the spotlight after his last doomsday prediction. Network spokesman Tom Evans says that the famed host is now retired.
In the days leading up to Campings’ May 21st doomsday prediction, followers traveled around the country spreading the word that the end is near. Some put their life savings into billboards, cars, signs, and gas so that they could warn their fellow man. But Camping’s followers weren’t as loyal this time.
And who can blame them? Camping has been predicting the end of the world since the 1980s. Camping started predicting that the world was going to end in 1988. When that didn’t happen he said 1994. Camping took more than a decade off before predicting that he was sure that the world would end on May 21st 2011. And when that didn’t happen, well, Camping retired.
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