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The 13 Greatest End of the World Prophecy FAILs

Don't panic. According to the Mayans, the world is going to end this Friday, December 21st, 2012. Whether by a reversal of the Earth's rotational axis, a collision with mysterious Niburu, or by some kind of implosion black hole issue, the Mayan calendar clearly indicates this TGIF will be our last (maybe set the DVR for a little Full House? Some Family Matters, for old time's sake?).

No matter how many times religious "prophets" predict doomsday based on numerology, the Bible or scientists wrongly calculate a comet's effect on the planet (Isaac Newton even wrote his own prediction of the apocalypse that was published after his death), people have kept bracing themselves for the end of the world or committing suicide to spare themselves from witnessing the Apocalypse (which, c'mon, would be pretty awesome to see).

What are some end of the world predictions? Inspired by the current prediction (Friday, December 21st), here are 13 failed apocalyptic prophecies of the past.


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    Harold Camping Thinks the World is Ending This Weekend (Just Like He Did in 1994 and on May 21 of 2011)

    Because this is just something people should know about (it's pretty funny, and a little sad), ... more
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    Televangelist Pat Robertson Says God Told Him World Would End in 1982

    Televangelist, ex-Baptist minister and failed Republican candidate for the 1988 presidential ... more
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    Amateur Astrologist's False Observation Leads to Mass Suicide in 1997

    When amateur astronomist Chuck Shramek took a fuzzy CCD image of the comet Hale-Bopp, which ... more
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    Joanna Southcott Claims She Will Give Birth to The Second Jesus in 1814

    If this lady existed in modern day, she would most likely write slash fiction.In 1814, a ... more
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    Y2K Bug Threatens To Plunge World Into Chaos. Nutjobs Prepare.

    Instead of getting ready to party hard to celebrate the privilege of welcoming a new ...
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    Taiwanese Cult Leader Says God Will Arrive in Spaceship

    "The True Way" (Chen Tao) was a cult started by a Taiwanese national named Hon-Ming ... more
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    Rockin' Rollen Stewart Wreaks Havoc Before The Rapture in 1992

    At first he was just a guy in a rainbow-colored afro wig that would position himself perfectly ... more
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    Early Heretic Montanus Founds End of the World Cult

    In the 2nd century, a native of what is now Turkey, Phrygia, and a pagan priest of an Oriental ... more
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    Large Hadron Collider Potentially Creates a Black Hole Large Enough to Swallow the Earth

    The Large Hadron Collider that stretches 27 km between France and Switzerland is the largest ... more
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    20,000 Londoners Flee Their Homes In The Second Great Flood

    A respected German scholar and priest, Johannes Stoeffler, predicted in 1499 that the world ... more
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    Botticelli's Mystical Nativity Bears Ominous Inscription

    The Mystical Nativity was the only painting Botticelli signed and with it wrote an inscription ... more
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    Richard Noone Predicts Ice Age To Start 5/5/2000

    In his book Ice: Ultimate Disaster Richard Noone (which, surprisingly is not pronounced ...
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    Richard Miller Says the World Will End On Or Before March 21st, 1844

    William Miller was a Baptist preacher, a self-proclaimed Bible scholar, and another guy on the ... more

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