By now you’ve probably heard that the world is ending tomorrow, which is really a shame because there are all kinds of exciting things happening this weekend.
Two Christian groups, Raleigh-based Wecanknow.com and Family Radio, based in Oakland, Calif., have been posting billboards throughout the country asking people to “Save the Date” for the world’s end, which they’ve decided is Saturday, May 21.
Harold Camping, 89, a controversial Christian radio broadcaster and Family Radio's founder, has devised through his interpretation of the Bible that the world will end 7,000 years after the flood. Apparently Noah hopped on the ark on May 21, 4,989 B.C.
Camping is all too familiar with the end of the world. In his book “1994?” he predicted that the world would end sometime in September 1994. Obviously Camping was off, but that gave him 17 years to fine-tune his prediction.
Ed Buckner, a member of the Atlanta Freethought Society, a group that promotes life without religion, is skeptical of Camping’s claims.
“It's sad that Harold Camping, like hundreds of doomsday predictors before him—including Camping himself, in 1994—is making people anxious for no reason,” Buckner said in an email. “For 2,000 years now we've heard that it's all ending ‘any day now.’ Instead we'll have pleasures like reading the Smyrna-Vinings Patch well beyond Saturday or next October or December 2012.”
Buckner’s skepticism is understood, but there are signs that Camping is really on to something this time.
It’s no coincidence that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention announced its new public service campaign, Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse, this week. The end of the world as envisioned by Camping may or may not include zombies, but the basic preparedness tools are the same for both scenarios.
CDC advises families to pack a survival kit with water (one gallon per person per day), non-perishable food, tools (like duct tape and a utility knife), medication, sanitation and hygiene supplies, clothing and important documents.
Nick Bimmerle, owner of in Smyrna canceled this Saturday’s REV’D Up Comedy Contest to prepare for world’s impending demise.
“I hope I’m not one of the chosen,” Bimmerle said. “But if I am, Rev will still be in business. I’ve got back up.”
So where will you be when the world ends? You could greet the end of times with a glass of wine in hand at the .
Camping was vague about time the world will end Saturday, so you might be able to fit in a visit to or the before the sky begins raining fire.
What about your last earthly meal? You could pick up some barbecue from the at .
It’s too bad the world is ending Saturday because there are so many things we’ll miss on Sunday, like Mick Wheeler performing at .
in Smyrna will have to cancel its Sunday Supper, held from 4 to 9 p.m.
The Sunday afternoon viewing of Dmitri Danish’s oil paintings at the will be canceled because the roads will be blocked by brimstone; although you could possibly squeeze in a viewing Saturday night from 6 to 9 if the world doesn’t end until late.