Unless, you know, I’m not Raptured tomorrow and boy will I be dissapointed if I’m left behind.
Some Americans have extreme plans this weekend. A religious leader named Harold Camping has convinced them the end of the world starts at 6 p.m. ET Saturday.
Most of the world’s faithful do not believe the date is Judgment Day. But as CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker reports, it seems just about everyone’s seen the signs about the end of the world.
“May 21st, 2011 is the day of judgment,” a Family Radio ad says. It’s a prophecy aggressively peddled by 89-year-old Harold Camping, a civil engineer and self-taught Biblical sage.
“You and I are living at the time of the end of the world,” Camping says.
He claims to have discerned the date from numerological calculations revealed by his reading of the Bible. He spread his prophecy around the world through broadcasts on his Family Radio network in 84 languages, on RV caravans and on 1,200 billboards around the country.
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Of course, any fruitcake with a nut loose can do some mumbo jumbo numerological calculations, based on information that’s not actually found anywhere in the Bible, and come up with a date for Doomsday. It’s happened hundreds, if not thousands, of times over the centuries. But where do you get the 6 p.m. ET? That seems to be a bit of gratuitous icing on the freak cake.
/anyway, I suppose I’ll top off the cats’ food and water, just in case, I wonder if R.E.M. will get a little something extra in their royalty checks because of this?
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