With everybody so stirred up about December 21, 2012, some people just decided they wanted to jump ahead to the “fun.” You’ve probably seen the billboards around: the ones that say that “Judgment Day” is coming on May 21. But who exactly is responsible for this wide-scale hysteria-mongering? The group in charge of the campaign is run by Robert Camping (who has previously wrongly predicted end of the world dates, including one in 1994), whose followers have taken it upon themselves to tell the world about the upcoming date—take, for instance, one Robert Fitzpatrick—who has apparently invested his entire life savings into a subway campaign about the spurious “end of the world” date.
The end is nigh, insists Robert Fitzpatrick. And he’s put his money where his mouth is. If the world doesn’t end on May 21, one week from tomorrow, he’ll have wasted more than $140,000 on bus and subway advertising. The 60-year-old Staten Island resident, a retired MTA employee, says he’s spent at least that sum — his life savings — on 1,000 subway-car placards, and even more ads on bus kiosks and subway cars. They say: “Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever! Judgment Day May 21, 2011.”
In a self-published book, “The Doomsday Code,” Fitzpatrick says the Bible offers “proof that cannot be dismissed.” Fitzpatrick’s book is based on the teachings of Harold Camping, an 89-year-old radio host with a poor track record of end-of-the-world prophecies.
Camping also predicted the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994. When the sun rose per normal the next day, Camping went back to his Bible and tried to figure out why he was wrong.
Camping’s group, familyradio.com, is buying billboards nationwide spreading his prophecy.
What do you think—why do people put so much importance on “end of the world” dates—and why do they never seem to manifest?