I am endlessly entertained by the human ability to draw others into their own grand delusions. Among this most entertaining group is the lowly-regarded but highly amusing quacks in what is probably the world’s second oldest profession, doomsday prophet.

Doomsday profiteering has gone mainstream these days. By golly almost every other show on the History channel these days involves the apocalypse. “Apocalypse Man”, “Life After People”, and every other episode of “The Universe” involves at least one grisly scenario on how the world might meet its end. But these days the entire doomsday industry revolves around the fanciful and highly extrapolated idea that the end coincides with the end of the Mayan calendar on December 21, 2012. Leaving aside the embarrassing fact that the Mayans failed to predict their own extinction centuries ago, Mayan doomsday prophecy is all the rage.

This kind of thing can be very frustrating to “Bible Scholars” such as Harold Camping. Camping scoffs at the very notion of December 2012 being the date of the big ouchy. Says Camping, “That date has not one stitch of biblical authority, it’s like a fairy tale.” What a relief. Not a chance says Camping, because the end will come on May 21, 2011; a full eighteen months earlier.

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