So, it’s the end of the world ………….. NOW.
Wait, nope. Well, didn’t see that one coming… Oh wait, I did.
Well, perhaps you didn’t think the world would end exactly at 11:11 UTC (6:11 am EST), but you can come by, read this post again, and any other time you’d like. I doubt I’ll need to edit anything.
How many more failures to predict the end of the world do we need before it’s just not interesting anymore? (Wikipedia has a long yet incomplete list of predictions here.) If you really want to know about how the world might end, go with Phil Plait’s Death from the Skies and at least have some interesting (and real) science behind your passionate fears.
But here’s my prediction of what tomorrow will bring: either the proponents of this crazy will
- Recalculate the ends
- Make an excuse of how the end was avoided
- Reinterpret what the end means so that it actually did happen
Those are at least the main ones, though immediately the doomsday people may be quiet. So long as there is some core group of strong believers, such movements will survive. This is well-known sociology at this point as first studied in When Prophecy Fails. And I don’t know about you, but I’m going to enjoy this day. Happy just another day but it’s great nonetheless to be alive!