Jun 18 2008, 7:45pm
Measurements of the Great pyramid indicated the world would end in 1953. It didn’t. (Unless you count the fact that I was born that year.)
"...and the world wagged as merrily as before."
According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, 1975 was “The Date”. It wasn’t. (Don’t worry. They have a list of alternates.)
Psychic Jeanne Dixon (who kinda sorta predicted the Kennedy assassination) predicted that the world would be hit by a giant comet sometime in the mid 1980s. The only world-wide disaster in the 80s was Disco.
On March 10, 1982 an alignment of the outer planets would supposedly produce “The Jupiter Effect” which would destroy the world with earthquakes. Didn’t notice anything.
Some Biblical scholars calculated that the world would end in 1996. “A thousand years is as a day for God.” According to Bishop Ussher’s famous calculations the world was created in 4004 BC. Thus Man’s work would come to an end after six thousand years (1996 AD) just like God's work came to an end after the sixth day. Nope. Apparently it doesn’t work that way.
In his quatrains Nostradamus predicted the world would end in July 1999. Orson Welles repeated this in the documentary “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow” (1981). They were both wrong.
The famed psychic Criswell (who also had predicted the month and year something bad would happen to President Kennedy) predicted the world would end on Aug. 18, 1999. Criswell also starred in “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1959), which was another one of his obvious mistakes.
According to the media the world was supposed to end just after midnight on January 1, 2000 because of Y2K. Me and Wifey stayed up all night and nothing happened. (Well, er, actually yes, something did, but not that….)
The world was supposed to end for sure in May 5, 2000 when this time *all* the planets lined up in a straight line in a sort of "Jupiter Effect Part Deux". Even the addition of little Mercury, Mars, and Venus didn’t help.
But maybe the Mayans might be right where others were wrong. But the fact that their supposedly accurate 26,627 year calendar is actually 173 years off gives me some grounds for doubt.
The audacious proposal stirred his heart. And the stirring became a song, and it mingled with the songs of Gil-galad and Celebrian, and with those of Feanor and Fingon. The song-weaving created a larger song, and then another, until suddenly it was as if a long forgotten memory woke and for one breathtaking moment the Music of the Ainur revealed itself in all glory. He opened his lips to sing and share this song. Then he realized that the others would not understand. Not even Mithrandir given his current state of mind. So he smiled and simply said "A diversion.”
(This post was edited by Darkstone on Jun 18 2008, 7:46pm)