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Old 21st December 2012, 09:16 PM   #1
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How long until the Next Big Doomsday Event?

Well I think we can safely say, 12-21-2012 will have passed with the world still populated and spinning in it's correct direction, none the worse for another days wear. So, that brings us to, when is the NEXT inevitable, "This is it!", doomsday event been predicted for? How long we got, because I'm sure it's already started ticking down again.
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Old 21st December 2012, 09:26 PM   #2
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Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (the polygamist cult, not to be confused with the mainstream Mormon church) has said that the world will end on Dec. 23.

Apparently, he makes these sorts of announcements all the time. This time, though, he is serving a life sentence, so I hope he is not encouraging his followers to do anything bad on Sunday.
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Old 22nd December 2012, 03:55 AM   #3
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Old 22nd December 2012, 12:51 PM   #4
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You wait until you need to fix the Y10K problem. That is when the date goes from 31 December 9999 to 1 January 0000. Computers will think the second date comes before the first!
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Old 22nd December 2012, 01:23 PM   #5
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Depends on what you mean by "big". Compared to the level of actual catastrophe we saw on the 21st, every day is a big doomsday!

My favorite is still the Church of the Subgenius. When the world didn't end in 1998, they claimed they got the date upside down, and the world is really going to end in 8661. So that's 6449 years to wait.
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Old 22nd December 2012, 06:16 PM   #6
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Old 22nd December 2012, 10:27 PM   #7
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In 5 billion years, our sun will become a red giant. Life on earth will be impossible.

I predict Dec. 23 at 12:27 AM in the year 5,000,000,2012 for the end of the world. I'll be ready to collect a million dollars from James Randi when my prediction comes true.
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Old 22nd December 2012, 10:41 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by yomero View Post
In 5 billion years, our sun will become a red giant. Life on earth will be impossible.

I predict Dec. 23 at 12:27 AM in the year 5,000,000,2012 for the end of the world. I'll be ready to collect a million dollars from James Randi when my prediction comes true.
Life would be a lot more difficult when we get short of several critical resources.
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Old 22nd December 2012, 11:57 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by yomero View Post
In 5 billion years, our sun will become a red giant. Life on earth will be impossible.

I predict Dec. 23 at 12:27 AM in the year 5,000,000,2012 for the end of the world. I'll be ready to collect a million dollars from James Randi when my prediction comes true.
By which time the Million dollars will be worth .... nothing.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 12:21 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by crescent View Post
Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (the polygamist cult, not to be confused with the mainstream Mormon church) has said that the world will end on Dec. 23.

Apparently, he makes these sorts of announcements all the time. This time, though, he is serving a life sentence, so I hope he is not encouraging his followers to do anything bad on Sunday.
I think he got that one wrong.
Ronald Weinland said Jesus would return on 19MAY2013; I think that's the next one. Of course he was wrong about Jesus' return in 2011 and 2012.
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Originally Posted by crescent View Post
Warren Jeffs, leader of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (the polygamist cult, not to be confused with the mainstream Mormon church) has said that the world will end on Dec. 23.

Apparently, he makes these sorts of announcements all the time. This time, though, he is serving a life sentence, so I hope he is not encouraging his followers to do anything bad on Sunday.
Looks like I missed the fun of that one.
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Old 23rd December 2012, 03:38 PM   #12
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I've seen a woo-woo elsewhere blathering about Nostradamus, Mabus ("GW Bush"), and a comet that's supposed to hit earth in 2013.

That quatrain has probably been correlated with every meteor shower in hundreds of years.
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Old 24th December 2012, 09:53 PM   #13
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Old 24th December 2012, 11:15 PM   #14
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I am sure someone will say the world will say the world will end on a date in 2013. We seem to be having them every year, sometimes several a year.
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Old 24th December 2012, 11:36 PM   #15
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My patience with the doomsayers have worn thin over the past couple of years. Makes me want to Gibbs slap them every time they open their mouths now.

There's a couple more end of the world dates to come in 2013, though.
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Old 25th December 2012, 01:11 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by yomero View Post
In 5 billion years, our sun will become a red giant. Life on earth will be impossible.

I predict Dec. 23 at 12:27 AM in the year 5,000,000,2012 for the end of the world. I'll be ready to collect a million dollars from James Randi when my prediction comes true.
Unfortunately we're going to have big problems sooner than that:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun#Earth.27s_fate

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Even during its current life in the main sequence, the Sun is gradually becoming more luminous (about 10% every 1 billion years), and its surface temperature is slowly rising. The Sun used to be fainter in its early past; which is possibly the reason life on Earth has only existed for two to three billion years. The increase in solar temperatures is such that in about another billion years the surface of the Earth will likely become too hot for liquid water to exist, ending all terrestrial life.[109][110]
Hopefully if humans are still around we will be technologically advanced enough to prevent that.

Actually, global warming may become a big problem much sooner than that due to greenhouse gases. If we can solve that problem we may be able to solve the former problem too.
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Old 25th December 2012, 01:38 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by xtifr View Post
Depends on what you mean by "big". Compared to the level of actual catastrophe we saw on the 21st, every day is a big doomsday!

My favorite is still the Church of the Subgenius. When the world didn't end in 1998, they claimed they got the date upside down, and the world is really going to end in 8661. So that's 6449 years to wait.
You can't blame the Church of the Subgenius for the mistake, because BOB reads the same forward as backwards, and upside down as rightside up (if you squint a bit).
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Old 25th December 2012, 07:30 PM   #18
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Here are enough predictions to keep us on our toes:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doomsday_predictions

Pick the one you like and root for it.
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Old 25th December 2012, 08:13 PM   #19
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Old 25th December 2012, 08:23 PM   #20
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For each of us the end of our mortal world will come, so be prepared for when it does... whether that be in a moment or another day.
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Old 29th December 2012, 01:28 PM   #21
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Wow, that's weird. I had no idea that the NTP epoch was different from the standard Unix epoch!
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