Doomsday, Party of 1

Doomsday, Party of 1

Evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping convinced followers that the world would end on September 6, 1994. As you may remember, it didn’t.

Mr. Camping looked back at his Bible-derived math and recalculated; the Apocalypse would occur on May 21, 2011.  Mercy me, wrong again.  Back to the drawing board. Okay, that’s it: October 21, 2011.

Oops, third strike. It wasn’t a total loss, though. Mr. Camping was awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in Mathematics for his efforts.

Doomsday finally arrived for Harold Camping, but the rest of the world didn’t go with him. He died last Sunday.


“Harold Camping, Dogged Forecaster of the End of the World, Dies at 92,”  Robert D. McFadden, New York Times

“Harold Camping, radio host who predicted world’s end, dies at 92,” Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Religion News Service

“Harold Camping, the Preacher Who Wrongly Predicted ‘Judgment Day,’ Is Dead,”  Hemant Mehta, Patheos


“How The Media Will Report The Apocalypse,” Tom Phillips, BuzzFeed


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