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The end is/was supposed to be near!
April 5, 2011 7:02 PM   Subscribe

Pick a year to find out when the world should have ended/is ending/will end.
posted by daninnj (30 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite

 
Nice. I always thought it'd be cool to make one of those flip desk calendars that had a end of the world myth for every day.
posted by elwoodwiles at 7:06 PM on April 5, 2011


This is great. Thanks.

I would like a similar list for "this new piece of technology is going to ruin society" prophecies.
posted by defenestration at 7:09 PM on April 5, 2011


Yay for this being hilarious.
Boo for everything being a jpg, often with tiny text that gets fuzzy when I try to zoom in.

Also, tee-hee, 2035: the year the earth is taken over by boobs.
posted by phunniemee at 7:12 PM on April 5, 2011


*predictions
posted by defenestration at 7:12 PM on April 5, 2011


I'm gonna go with 2016. It's blank.
posted by PapaLobo at 7:15 PM on April 5, 2011


I´m with PapaLobo. Only in 2015, 2018 and 2024.
posted by likeso at 7:19 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


My money's on the world ending in 1844.
posted by briank at 7:22 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I clicked on 1953 and there was nothing there. So I guess 1953 is correct.
posted by twoleftfeet at 7:33 PM on April 5, 2011


At this point, there are so many years with nothing that the end of the world just isn't funny anymore.
posted by twoleftfeet at 7:36 PM on April 5, 2011


Some years they got really close.

Also flipping through this and watching the Dark Crystal in the background makes me wonder if it's a Post Apocalyptic version of Fraggle Rock...
posted by codacorolla at 7:49 PM on April 5, 2011


this is great. 2012? pishhhhh i have my money on 450,000,000. But honestly, by that point, we will have either used every possible resource on this earth, or we will find a way to move it to another star. I remember an show where they took a cord and tied it to a asteroid and it was pulling the earth through space. :D
posted by NotSoSiniSter at 7:50 PM on April 5, 2011



I would like a similar list for "this new piece of technology is going to ruin society" prophecies.


I would like a similar list for "this new piece of technology is going to save society" prophecies.
posted by Johnny Hazard at 7:50 PM on April 5, 2011


But all the billboards say it is "guaranteed in the bible" that the end is coming next month!

I wonder if they bought all those billboards on credit and we'll be reading about them getting sued in June
posted by birdherder at 7:52 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wonder if they bought all those billboards on credit and we'll be reading about them getting sued in June

Ehhhh, I really hope that's all we'll be hearing about them in June. Knowing that a group as big as them has a lot of people honestly convinced that the world is ending within 3 months is not a good feeling to have.
posted by codacorolla at 7:55 PM on April 5, 2011


i have my money on 450,000,000.

Can I interest you in the wonders of compound interest?
posted by vidur at 8:15 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Whenever it happens, I hope there will be cake.
posted by aubilenon at 8:17 PM on April 5, 2011


Wow, it almost makes you think that other irrational claims by crazy theists might be baseless as well ...
posted by anothermug at 8:40 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


CAAAAAKE!
posted by likeso at 8:43 PM on April 5, 2011


I want to it to end on the instant I die, like the guy in Spawn
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 8:53 PM on April 5, 2011


I hate to be that guy, but a lot of this information is historically fuzzy.
posted by dzkalman at 9:07 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure that Seneca quote should be in CE, not 65 BCE.

/nitpicking
posted by Avelwood at 9:32 PM on April 5, 2011


I'm going with Mother Shipton
posted by clavdivs at 10:22 PM on April 5, 2011 [1 favorite]


Gahh, 2035 = NSFW.
posted by XhaustedProphet at 10:47 PM on April 5, 2011


THERE IS NO 1965 IT WAS A DREAM
posted by Mike Mongo at 12:03 AM on April 6, 2011


This is delightful. I want to make a party game out of it, or something.
posted by kalimac at 4:01 AM on April 6, 2011


I'm going with 1962:

Peter Cook
Skeeter Davis

Coincidence? I think not.

"That was not quite the conflagration we'd been banking on.
Well, lads same time tomorrow. We must get a winner one day."
posted by Herodios at 7:54 AM on April 6, 2011


I have three hypotheses on why people actively wish the world to end. The first, they define life as a set of unsatisfactory circumstances they were born into and show no sign of relief in their lifetime The second, they see other people as wicked or evil or what have you and the world has no desire to punish them. The third, they recognize this in other people and feed them fantastic stories while fleecing them shamelessly.
posted by Homeskillet Freshy Fresh at 9:50 AM on April 6, 2011


I have three hypotheses on why people actively wish the world to end. The first, they define life as a set of unsatisfactory circumstances they were born into and show no sign of relief in their lifetime The second, they see other people as wicked or evil or what have you and the world has no desire to punish them. The third, they recognize this in other people and feed them fantastic stories while fleecing them shamelessly.

I was thinking about it recently, and I think that at least part of it is a desire to break from the (sometimes) crushing boredom of a heavily structured 9 to 5 life. These are scenarios where the world "ends", but people are still left living on it. Like the current apocalypse fantasy of the time, Zombies. It's like having a snow day when you're a kid - no school, and suddenly you're free to do whatever you want.
posted by codacorolla at 1:39 PM on April 6, 2011


vidur: "Can I interest you in the wonders of compound interest?"

It will also allow you to pay for a meal at Milliways.
posted by Chrysostom at 8:52 PM on April 6, 2011


I have three hypotheses on why people actively wish the world to end. The first, they define life as a set of unsatisfactory circumstances they were born into and show no sign of relief in their lifetime The second, they see other people as wicked or evil or what have you and the world has no desire to punish them. The third, they recognize this in other people and feed them fantastic stories while fleecing them shamelessly.

You're missing my reason, and a reason I think other people share. It gives our petty lives significance. I hate the idea that other people will exist while I don't - while I am obliterated. It would make more sense for them to end when I do.
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:05 PM on April 6, 2011


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