Remember December 2012? Remember when the world selfishly refused to end? If you thought you’d heard the end of preposterous apocalypse predictions, then you’re wrong.
Youtube channel End Time Prophecies – clearly a more robust source than the Mayans – have proclaimed that the end is nigh; the 29th of July marks the end of the world and our lives. Apparently. Of course, End Time Prophecies also predicted that an asteroid would plummet down to Earth in May and wipe out all life on Earth. Clearly that hasn’t happened.
If you’re panicking about being unprepared for the coming apocalypse, don’t worry. You’ve already lived through several ends of the world already, so you should be fine:
1. Harold Camping, 1994 and 2011
It’s safe to say that Camping is athe most persistent predictor of all time, racking up over 12 apocalyptic no shows. Camping published a book in 1992 portentously named 1994?, which entailed reasons why he believed the world would end some time that year.
One of Camping’s most famous predictions was for May 2011, which was apparently 7,000 years after The Flood happened. Obviously, the date passed. Unfazed, Camping announced that his calculations were wrong and October 21st, 2011 was in fact going to be Doomsday. Unfortunately, Camping failed to predict his own death in 2013.
2. Mayan Apocalypse, 2012
The Mayan calendar ends on December 21st, 2012, which some took to be the end of humanity and the world. The Earth was supposedly going to collide with an imaginary planet called Nibiru, humongous solar flares would occur, a new planetary alignment would cause great tidal catastrophes and the Earth’s axis would change. Oh, and the human race would die.
Apocalypse fever gripped the world, and it seemed nearly every piece of entertainment featured zombies, nuclear war, viruses or Roland Emmerich style landmark destroying natural disasters. This was taken to the extreme in China, when a man built a modern day version of Noah’s Ark for safety reasons.
3. The Millennium (Y2K), 2000
Most Millennials won’t remember the last apocalypse scare the world actually took seriously. But they do remember growing up hearing numerous jokes and references about Y2K (including that one Simpsons episode). However, unlike these other predictions there was actually some truth to the scare around the changing of computer dates – it’s just that programmers fixed the issue in time to avert disaster.
4. The Great Fire of London, 1666
You may be slightly confused, given the subheading, because everybody can distinguish the difference between a global fire and a one city based fire, right? That didn’t stop religious individuals fearing the end of the world when the year 1666 came, due to the widely held belief that 666 is the “number of the beast”.
Many began the year burying Plague victims, and on 2nd September The Great Fire of London broke out and lasted three days. A large part of London was destroyed as a result. If a catastrophe like that broke out around you it might feel like the world’s ending, but 350 years after the Great Fire we’re still alive.
5. The Prophet Hen of Leeds
In 1806 a domestic hen in Leeds, England, laid eggs which appeared to have “Christ is coming” engraved on them. Many believed these messages meant the end was nigh. Thus, the hen was visited by thousands and became a famous figure in society.
However, the messages were a work of neither God nor Jesus, but a work of the hen’s owner. They had apparently been using corrosive ink to write prophetic messages onto the eggs. Worse of all, the fake message from God (the eggs) were disgustingly reinserted into the Hen’s body. It turns out this prediction was quite literally pulled out of someone’s behind.