No Rapture, no surprise

May 21 was just another failed doomsday prophecy

As we all can see, the Rapture came and went and we’re still here. According to Harold Camping, the owner of Family Radio, May 21, 2011, would mark the end of the world. He’s made a similar claim in the past—back in 1994—and now he says it’ll happen this October. Here are a few other failed doomsday prophecies, as chronicled by

April 23, 1843: William Miller, a New England farmer who was quite familiar with his Bible, said that the end of the world could be calculated through literally interpreting scripture. He gathered many followers, called Millerites, and when the day came and went, some of them went on to form the Seventh-day Adventists.

1891 (or earlier): In February 1835, Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon church, announced God had told him that he’d be coming to Earth in the next 56 years.

Jan. 1, 2000: Otherwise known as Y2K, the turning of the calendar from 1900s to 2000s was expected to create such a computer glitch that it would take down power grids, wipe out bank accounts, you name it.

Dec. 21, 2012: This one clearly hasn’t happened (yet), but already there are skeptics, even among Mayan elders. In a recent address, the National Council of Elders Mayas, Xinca and Garifuna said that the end of the Mayan calendar has nothing to do with the end of the world. (Check it out here: So, rest your pretty little heads about that!