Humans have been contemplating of their own extinction ever since they knew Death. The mystery and enigma of death prompted the inception of religion to serve as an answer to what happens after death.
The bible also predicts the end of the world, and that has been systematically utilized by medieval churches as a propaganda tool to instill fear in the mind of the people.
But as the internet propels our intelligence forward, idiots find it useful for spreading rumors and fictitious ideas. Superstitious self-proclaimed gurus emerge by the thousands and preach about the end of the world.
Wang Chao-hung is one amongst a plethora of end-of-the-world believer in Taiwan. He predicted the island would be flattened by an earthquake on May 11 at 10:42:37. Now that, my friend, is more accurate that Nostradamus the supposed-prophet.
Believers looked sheepish. Non-believers mocked, but also looked rather relieved.
In 2000, a Japanese guru named Yuji Taniguchi, 65, said the only to escape the eminent end of the world was by singing a song composed by a space alien named Elina. The song went like this:
Thousands of Japanese sang in unison and thanks to their cooperation the world failed to end, except for music lovers, who probably felt suicidal.
And earlier this year in America, a cult emerged claiming that the world would end on May 21 2011. Harold Camping, the 89-year old american behind the May 21 hoax, said he and his flock would be lifted into the sky in a religious event called The Rapture.
In 1988, a former engineer named Edgar Whisenant published a book called 88 reasons why the rapture will be in 1988. It didn't happen.
Undeterred, he published another junk in 1989 to explain his failure, and to convince readers that the world would end in 1989 for sure. The year also went peacefully.
In 1993, he published another book saying that the world would end in 1993, and then another book in 1994. He remained grounded on both occasions.
What's with all these idiots? I mean, these idiots use various claims; fengshui, ancient texts, and the most popular one, the bible, to predict the doomsday. Why would anything outside of our earth care about a little book written by a 4 million year-old species? The asteroid will not come hurling at us just because someone wrote it in hidden codes 2000 years back. How would he knew in the first place? Alien information? Extraordinary intelligence? why didn't Noah or Abraham invent the ipad then?
Either way, the gurus were wrong.