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The 15 Greatest End of the World Prophecy FAILs

Updated 8 Oct 2019 317.3k views15 items

Don't panic. According to the Mayans, the world was going to end on Friday, December 21, 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 would be our last. Except it wasn't. Neither was Harold Camping's prediction, Pat Robertson's, or anyone elses's.

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).

Here are 15 failed apocalyptic prophecies of the past, from the scare of the Y2K Millennium Bug to the purported return of Baby Jesus in 1814.


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