I have to confess, this one really slipped past me, I mean that usually I have my ear to the ground, in tune with what's happening. Now I was already aware that the end of the world was going to occur in 2012 and I have made some plans.. well in so much as I have a list of things that I really should get finished by then --I figure that it would be rather embarrassing to have some to-do items that have been lingering on for several years.
I am of course talking about the news that the world will end on May 21. "what!?" you may ask, or if like me, it was more like,"what?.. Holy crap, I have a ton of things to do, but at least I just had a haircut". Now at first I was doubtful of this latest prediction of doom and gloom but this guy, this Harold Camping has some rather un-refutable mathematics to back up his prediction.
Now before you nay-sayers start bringing up Camping's failed prediction of the 1994 end of the world, let me come to his defense in that it was a simple math error that anyone could have made. It can get very confusing when you need to count one day as simultaneously a day, a year, one thousand years, and also just the day light hours, he simply forgot to carry a one somewhere. This happens often in end of world predictions and I think we should cut him some slack. Thank you.
Camping's current predictions, which are being advertised on the back of busses and at least one plumber's van work sort of like this:
Camping earlier dated the great flood to 4990 BCE, then taking the predictions in Genesis 7:4 (seven days from now I will send a great rain on the earth) and 2 Peter 3:8 (with the Lord a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years are like a day) Camping concludes that the world will end in 2011, 7000 days, I mean years since 4990 BCE. Now to arrive at the 21 of May, Camping has explained this calculation, please try to stay with me here.
The number 5 equals atonement, the number 10 equals completeness and the number 17, heaven. Christ reportedly died on the cross April 1, 33 CE. 1978 years ago. On a side note, in 1978 my Dad's licence plate on his car was LJT-048. if 1978 is multiplied by the number of days in a solar year (365.2422) the result is 722,449. There is 51 days between April 1 and May 21. So naturally one should add 51 to the 722,449 to arrive at 722,500. Now pay attention carefully. (5 x 10 x 17)^2 also equals 722,500. He didn't explain why the result was squared.
Yeah, wow. Check this one out. Take your age that you will be this year add it to your birth year, the sum is 2011. Yikes, that's this year!! I opened my calendar today, and guess what it said, yep.. Also 2011. The numbers can't lie, they are all around us, taunting us, pointing to now, the end is nigh!
So what can we do prior to Saturday to get ready? Sharlene suggested we get our laundry done during the week, one always needs clean underwear. I think we should brush Molly, she's looking a little raggy. I did bring one of Yanick's maple syrup jars back to Montreal today, didn't want the world to end with me having not returned it. Do I have anything of anyone else's --nope, think I am good. Damn! Tom, your travel power supply is on the shelf in my office. Thanks for lending it to me. Jenny, I will come buy on my way to the office on Friday morning and straighten your mailbox. Am I missing anything else that I promised anyone? Do I have anyone's DVDs, do you have mine?