Ig Nobel prizewinner Harold Camping is still firmly predicting the end of the world on October 21— a little over two days from the time of this writing… never mind that his previous two predictions came to naught. From the Family Radio web site:
Thus we can be sure that the whole world, with the exception of those who are presently saved (the elect), are under the judgment of God, and will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011, on the last day of the present five months period. On that day the true believers (the elect) will be raptured. We must remember that only God knows who His elect are that He saved prior to May 21.
So… this is cool! It’s like God’s given us each a lottery ticket and on October 21 we’ll all simultaneously scratch off the little silver spot with a coin and find out which of us are the lucky winners. Like a real lottery, most of us will be losers of course, and this is… The Lottery of DOOM! Even Camping himself isn’t positive he won, but he’s confident the little piece of cardboard he’s clutching is… really important, somehow. Pity he doesn’t realize that all he’s got is just a worn ticket stub to a cheesy B-movie we’ve all seen over and over on late-night reruns.