The Blog has been so busy snarking, kvetching and referring to himself in the third person that he completely missed the big anniversary earlier this week.
Did you forget, too? I wouldn't be too surprised.
Judgement Day 2011 was to the early 21st Century what the comet Kohoutek was to the 1970's.
If you understand this reference, congratulations! You are old!
The Blog wasn't blogging at this time last year. If he had been, he probably would have written a six part series spanning three months (March, April and May) with a follow up in October.
Because, DAMN, it was a laugh riot! Nothing anywhere near as weird as last year's Rapturepalooza has happened in the past 12 months, except for, maybe, the Republican primary race.
Around February or March of last year, billboards like these started going up all over the country.
Weird, yes. But no weirder than the World Net Daily "birther" billboards. The world is full of crackpots with money to burn.
What was really weird was that so many people across America were buying into it.
I mean, I get that many branches of the Christian church believe that, one of these days, Jesus will return to Earth and believers will be plucked right out of their shoes....
...and moving vehicles...
...and transported to Heaven for Final Judgement. So, it really isn't so strange, I suppose, that an alarming number of people might just take the warnings seriously and start giving away their belongings, running up credit cards, traumatizing their children and paying entrepreneurial non-believers a retainer to take care of their pets after they have been sucked up to the Heavens.
No. The strangest part of all was that all of this hysteria was stirred up by...
The Blog's Facebook post on May 17th, 2011 said this....
Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio Worldwide, says the Apocalypse will begin at about 6 p.m., on Saturday with a series of tremendous earthquakes that will follow the sun around for 24 hours. Then things get really bad. (Camping also predicted the world would end September 6, 1994, but he’s got a good feeling this time around.)Yep! A 180-year-old radio guy.
(The PC probably has a whole other post in him about the baffling fact that cult leaders tend to be, not the charismatic rock gods that one would imagine, but rather, dorky little trolls who were probably picked on in school by the school nerds.)
There was some speculation, at the time, (even by some of his own employees) that Camping was a con artist and that the only one disappearing on May 21st would be Camping himself. Along with about 70 million dollars!
As it turned out, Camping was really just a delusional old coot who, rather than having the good sense to disappear, instead re-calibrated his "prophecy" to October 21st.
He was wrong about that date, too!
But, oh he had people believing! Here is a photo taken by The Blog himself, on May 19th, the run up to Armageddon.
A year (+ four days) later, we're still here. Most of us, anyway. And those who are no longer with us didn't leave behind smoking shoes.
But, a year later, The Blog is still chuckling over his favorite thing to come out of it all.
There is a Seventh Day Adventist Church about a block from The Blog's house. For as long as I have lived in the area, a small marquise sign at the church's parking lot entrance has read, "Jesus is Returning Soon."
But, on the morning of May 22, 2011, the good humored folks at 7th Day had altered the sign. This is an actual photo taken by your Uncle PC that morning. Not one of those fake church signs you see on the internets.