In case you haven't noticed, the world did not end on May 21st, 2011, as predicted by Harold Camping, the self-taught biblical scholar who runs the multi-million dollar Family Radio Network. Apparently, the fools who got caught up in Camping's trip are now saying that the failure of the world to end was a way that God was "testing their faith." Sigh.
However, before we get to feeling all superior to the religious wingnuts, consider that there are plenty of "scientific" end of the world scenarios floating around. For instance, you can hardly pick up a scientific journal and not find some propellerhead talking about how we need to save the world from being hit by a giant asteroid. Pulleeeeze!
Why do people make silly predictions? Well, sometimes it's simply to make money. There are few easier ways to extract money from people than scaring the Bejezzus out of them. That isn't to say that everyone who makes these predictions is on the take, of course.
Here are 14 people who built their careers in part (or in whole) by predicting the Apocalypse. Some of them may just have been liars working a hidden agenda, but let's give them the benefit of the doubt, and assume they were (or are) entirely serious. In which case, they're merely fools.
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