We awoke trembling with uncertainty over whether we had been raptured while we slept. Cautiously we took inventory:
Limbs? All here!
It’s over and it appears that your Curmudgeon wasn’t among the elect. After the most terrifying and exhilarating day of our lives, we now face the post-Apocalypse world. And we have questions. What happened yesterday? How many of our readers did we lose? Some, probably. We won’t know who’s left until we hear from you.
When you comment, let us know about the earthquake situation where you live. Any graves opening up? See any raptures happen? In our open thread for yesterday we didn’t hear of anything.
The internet is still functioning, so let’s look around the world to see what the newspapers are reporting. In all the excepts that follow, the bold font was added by us. At the New Zealand website Stuff they report 6.1 quake in South Pacific. They say:
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck near a group of South Pacific islands, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. … A statement by the USGS says the quake struck Sunday 19km under the Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand group with no permanent population that lies 1000km east of the city of Auckland.
Well, that’s a start. In the Herald Sun of Melbourne, Australia we find this article: New volcano eruption begins in Iceland. It says:
Iceland’s Meteorological Office confirmed that an eruption had begun on Saturday at the Grimsvotn volcano, accompanied by a series of small earthquakes.
There was definitely something going on yesterday. But what of California evangelist and Armageddon promoter Harold Camping? It was he who predicted that May 21 was the End of Days, when 200 million people would be raptured. For those who were left behind, Camping said the end of the world will occur five months later — on October 21, 2011. What news can we find about him?
The BBC reports ‘Rapture’: Believers perplexed after prediction fails. It says:
Some believers expressed bewilderment or said it was a test from God of their faith, after the day passed without event.
Meanwhile, the evangelist at the centre of the claim, Harold Camping, has not been seen since before the deadline.
Maybe Camping has gone to his reward. We don’t know — but we do know one thing: This will probably our last Rapture thread for a while.
If only we could get the creationists to make some kind of spectacular, easily verifiable, utterly goofball predictions like the end-of-the-world folks do. But it wouldn’t matter; they’ll continue to be creationists. If 21 May has taught us anything, it’s that true believers never stop believing.
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