I wanted to point out that the loon of the moment, Harold Camping is now hitless after two at bats.

The religious zealot/jackass made a similar end of world prediction in 1994, which if memory serves failed to come to pass.

And it is an otherwise delightful evening, no Armageddon anywhere in sight . . .


Waiting for the End of the World (November 27th, 2010)

Category: Really, really bad calls, UnScience

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35 Responses to “Harold Camping is Oh-fer-Two”

  1. nofoulsontheplayground says:

    BR, we may have seen the last episode of “The Office” this week. That could qualify as an apocolyptic hit in some books.

    Camping gave everyone a comic gift today. You could have something go wrong, and someone would say, “It’s not the end of the world, and you could correct them and set them straight with Camping’s “evidence.”

    Gotta run now and get back to the post-apocolyptic looting.

  2. pgibbns says:

    I hear that Robert Prechter has offered him a job at Elliott Wave International. Being wrong there is almost a prerequisite to employment.

  3. druce says:

    being early is indistinguishable from being wrong LOL

    the melancholy unraptured can tell each other, ‘at least it’s not the end of the world’ – via @FelixSalmon

    at least Meredith Whitney is still 1/2.

  4. tranchefoot says:

    Now, now. To be fair, it is 5/21/2011 at some point on the globe for 48 hrs.

  5. Hey You says:

    I am feeling quite rapterous, I might be in heaven!!!!!

  6. Julia Chestnut says:

    Well, I know that I’m still here. Made a round of chocolate malteds for the family to celebrate, although admittedly I’m not sure celebration is in order. Enjoy the rest of the weekend, BR! The weather has been glorious!

  7. Petey Wheatstraw says:

    The rapture did happen — it’s just that nobody made the cut, and there was no plan B. Heaven, apparently, is a very empty place.

  8. Petey Wheatstraw says:


    Heaven, apparently, is a very empty place (like an upscale Chinese shopping Mall).

  9. MadHemingway says:

    I wonder how much money people contributed to him during this rapture leadup.

    Someone estimated +/- $70M.

    I’d go 0-2 for that.

  10. EdDunkle says:

    He should have his own show on CNBC.

  11. Chief Tomahawk says:

    DAMN! Now I gotta pay bills …

  12. DanielHess says:

    Well it turns out that Armageddon did occur but there were only six righteous people on Earth. The rest of us are all left behind, as it were. Now, all we have left to do is read ZeroHedge to watch it all go down.

  13. mbelardes says:

    I was bummed you didn’t put in the summation of weekly events, “Rapture tomorrow.” under the negatives. I guess next rapture…

  14. nofoulsontheplayground says:

    It appears there’s been a bit of a logistics foul-up most are not catching on to. To get raptured, you need to be wearing a jogging suit and new Nike’s, preferably a late model Kobe.

    Also, all metal, contraband, turbins, cucumbers, and fluids in anything larger than a 3-oz. bottle must be removed. They’ve got the TSA screening folks at the pearly gates.

  15. The Window Washer says:


    Duh, he’s 2-0 if he got that kind of pull the first time also

  16. taconsolo says:

    Could it be no one made the cut?

  17. bergsten says:

    Maybe he was just off by one day.

    Maybe two…

  18. MinnItMan says:

    All I have to go on is the Talking Heads “Heaven (is a place, where nothing ever happens)” and Dante’s realm of the virtuous heathens (I’m actually Christian, but I’m looking at the WCS “worst-case scenario”).

    This so THE AREA where all opinions have the same truth value.

    Actually, I do have a lot more to go on, but it’s not that interesting beyond the above-cited works.

    The worst part about a “Rapture,” imho, is that it’s going to be like airline security and all the ticket’s were drafted by DocX. Not even God can hit a one-iron.

  19. sneezer2 says:

    No, you guys got it all wrong, except for one of you who gets close.

    Look, the real truth is that the end-of-the-world happened on Saturday exactly as prophesied.
    That leaves two possibilities individually for each one of you:

    Plan A – You were one of the elect. You got saved and you are now in heaven. Because of the heavenly
    life you lived back in the days-of-the world, things look exactly as they did before.

    Plan B – You were not one of the elect. You are damned and you are now in hell. Because of the
    hellish life you live back on earth, things look exactly as they did before.

    You say you didn’t experience an earthquake? Who said you should? Not paying attention, that’s
    what. Anyway, where were you when the shit hit the fan?

  20. ToNYC says:

    First of all, Hell is Optional…reserved for those who eat of the Apple marked “Free!” rather than the other side of the diptych in my GOE scene where the Apple is marked “No Pain, no Gain”. One side needs all the Deuteronomy and big books and law and golf; the other side no books or law necessary. Just folks spreading the good word. Guess which side bot Hell.
    The Camping had it almost right; his only problem was that he couldn’t make happen at 6PM everywhere on the planet. If that were true, we’d be not rotating at 25Kmph as we speak, and the sun would burn to a crisp that area it was so focused upon and the penumbra and umbra would be stone cold dead forever. ‘Scuse me while I got experienced.

  21. Actually, he’s apparently 0 fer 7 according to some reports

  22. DeDude says:

    I hope y’all had some great end of the world parties. And whatever I said and did at that party last night, just pretend it never happened.

  23. louiswi says:

    Well I caught the rapture express last night right on schedule. I had always imagined heaven would be wall to wall whores and an open bar for all of eternity. Turns out it was just a bunch of blue hairs singing with the angels. I immedately asked to be transfered. I’m back here now slugging it out with the rest of you for as long as I can now and will be pretty contented from here on.

  24. Desi Erasmus says:

    Why all the BIG PICTURE posts on this theme? Do I detect a bit of “whistling in the dark”? Or is ‘doomsday porn’ such a compelling theme because for those whose lives revolve around the markets, one popular gambit is alertness for ‘blood in the streets’, i.e., the optimum time to make a killing of a lifetime during times of maximum dislocation and derangement?

    “The end is nigh” itch is so pervasive that Jesus dealt with it up front in the parable of the minas (Luke 19:11-27). Verse 11: “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.”

    Harold Camping, a purveyor of the gnostic mentality of sniffing out “secret knowledge from sacred texts” via Bible Code searches, fits into a centuries old pattern of occultism providing many examples to those familiar with the history of the ‘great cloud of witnesses’ (Hebrews 12:1). Even those who have been paying attention just in recent decades can find similar examples.

  25. Moss says:

    I guess one could always ask if you want to be right or make money… The Charity is worth over 104 million with ten’s of million invested in equities.

  26. louiswi says:

    Desi E posted:

    …The end is nigh” itch is so pervasive that Jesus dealt with it up front in the parable of the minas (Luke 19:11-27). Verse 11: “Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately.”

    The difficulty with beliefs at leastd for me is they stand out as just so un-believable. Here are words in quotation that would represent exactly what Luke said. After a couple thousand years of spoken interations, translations and zealous scribes changing puppy to dog and happy to glad I am asked to believe that is exactly what was said. I find that hard to believe. It is also hard to believe that god is there is a god would have operated a this way. He seems to operate on a very long time frame-6 billion year old universe so why wouldn’t he have waited another nanosecond so to speak and just put out the hard word on the internet?

    The value of Barry’s post on this subject-again at least for me, is to kind of shed some light on how folks thinking process works specifically as it relates to market prognostication.

  27. @Desi,

    We are no longer allowed to stone false prophets so they are now consigned to the second lowest level of social hell…..public ridicule

  28. Joe Friday says:

    This all began in earnest with Archbishop Usher, a 17th century English cleric, who had established that the world began on October 23rd, at 12 Noon, in 4004 B.C. .

    His reasoning was that the Bible states very explicitly in Peter’s 2nd Epistle that one day with the Lord is as a thousand human years. So he calculated that if God had created the world in six days and then rested on the seventh, that meant that Earth could endure for 6,000 years (six of God’s days), after which would come the grand Sabbath, then the thousand year millennium (God’s day of rest), and then GESFINKTO.

    Only problem is, the man who developed the BC/AD system of time, a monk named Dionysus Exiguous, made what would become only the first of numerous mistakes in regards to Jesus’s birth as well as the calculation of time. Dionysus (also known as Dennis the Short) didn’t include a year zero, as there was no zero in western numbers at the time.

    And we were off to the races !

  29. diogeron says:

    When you get this prediction wrong ONCE, one would think that one’s credibility would be so damaged that nobody would listen to you a second time.

    Last year, in the midwestern Big Ten university town in which I live, I saw a young co-ed driving an old beat up car ladened with bumper stickers, one of which said, “When the rapture comes, can I have your car?”

  30. gman says:

    He has not been wrong enough about big issues to be in league w/ Hertiage and AEI. If they are the benchmark, expect that he to be taken seriously for a long time to come!

  31. Desi Erasmus says:

    @louiswi: “It is also hard to believe that god [if] there is a god would have operated a this way.”

    More difficult to believe would be a Creator that is fully comprehensible to the creatures, but I understand your sentiment. It’s where I found myself after two years of studying ‘modern physics’ in the late 1960′s. Though only a half-baked sophomore, I found the narrative unpersuasive, though the math used to spin it was fun, so a change of major took me out of this confusing stew of physical theories to a career in mathematics. Forty years later, I find that those who stayed the course are writing books like “Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and the Search for Unity in Physical Law” (Peter Woit), and “The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next” (Lee Smolin).

    So, when the devotees of the scientific enterprise (a worthy endeavor by all means!) have developed a coherent, testable framework that fully accounts for the simplest facet of the natural order, ‘physical reality’, I will begin to take seriously what they might have to say about how the Creator should have dealt with other issues, like self-revelation to sentient creatures. As to existence, see Anselm and Godel:

    The God of the Mathematicians
    The religious beliefs that guided Kurt Gödel’s revolutionary ideas
    David P. Goldman
    First Things, Aug/Sep 2010

  32. Expat says:

    I think you are being unfair in singling out Harold Camping. His predictions are no less accurate and his beliefs no more preposterous than those of any of the main stream religions. The only reason the Pope doesn’t look like a complete tool is that he mainly shuts up about any of the specifics of Catholicism.

    Frankly, I think it’s refreshing to have a religious zealot come out and demonstrate just how ridiculous the entire fantasy of religion is. The world would be a sadder place if we could actually see a rainbow colored, invisible, flying unicorn driving a Datsun down the BQE.

  33. martywilson2000 says:

    Dont forget Daniel Bennett who has given us in the UK a ton of laughs (at his expense). http://danthebirdman.me or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJbxf_wo2Rs for a really good laugh.

  34. derekce says:

    Well the Bible never says anything about a rapture. Preachers should at least try reading it, I know it’s long and all……

  35. jimc1004 says:

    Clueless Leader was good for more than laughs: the students in my wife’s [special ed.] class tried to use him to get out of doing homework. At least they didn’t give that con man any money! :-p