Saturday, May 21, 2011

So Predictable...

Hello? Anyone out there? If you're reading this, then according to the prediction made by christian preacher and radio host Harold Camping, then you haven't been one of the chosen ones to be saved today. Welcome to the club! The rapture was supposedly going to happen at 18:00GMT, and given that it's almost 18:21 as I write this, it's pretty safe to say that it...eh...didn't happen. Not where I live, anyway. For those of you who had never heard of "The Rapture", here's the lowdown in its simplest possible form: The Rapture is the first stage of the second coming of Christ - he will come booming through the clouds and lift all Christians to heaven to protect them (200 million, according to Camping).

Regular readers of this blog will know my stance on anything related to the bible or man-made religion, so I'm going to leave that there, and just say that everyone's entitled to believe whatever they want. On to Mr. Camping:

Mr. Camping is 89 years old and is the president of Family Radio (a religious broadcasting network) in California. He's a christian author and radio broadcaster. Apart from predicting the event today, supposedly based on numerology and the bible, Harold also predicted that the Rapture would occur in September 1994. Which was obviously also wrong.

 In my neck of the woods, we'd describe people like Harold as having "a neck like a jockey's boll*cks" for attempting a second prediction - but I suppose when some people are willing to believe anything, then there will always be someone there ready to exploit that. Camping's "Family Radio" website still has special promotions which expire on May 28th 2011. I guess those promotions are only for the people who weren't saved...

 I'm not going to speak any more about this event in particular - there have been many, many wrong predictions documented (Y2K, Alien invasions) instead, I'm going to give you guys a top 20 of famous predictions that were hopelessly, unbelievably, and embarrassingly wrong. Enjoy!

  1. "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out." - Decca Recording Co. rejecting The Beatles, 1962.
  2. "The horse is here to stay, but the automobile is only a novelty, a fad." - President of Michigan Savings Bank advising Henry Ford's lawyer not to invest in the Ford Motor Company, 1903.
  3. "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home." - Ken Olson, founder of Digital Equipment Coroporation, 1977.
  4. "Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - H.M. Warner, co-founder of Warner Brothers, 1927.
  5. "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys." - Sir William Preece, Chief Engineer, British Post Office, 1878.
  6. "Television won't last because people will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night." - Darryl Zanuck, Movie Producer, 20th Century Fox, 1946.
  7. "X-Rays will prove to be a hoax." - Lord Kelvin, President of the Royal Society, 1883.
  8. "That virus is a pussycat." - Dr. Peter Duesberg, molecular biology professor on HIV, 1988.
  9. "Good enough for our transatlantic friends, but unworthy of the attention of practical or scientific men." - British Parliamentary Committee on Thomas Edison's light bulb, 1878.
  10. "Fooling around with alternating current is just a waste of time. Nobody will use it, ever!" - Thomas Edison, 1889.
  11. "The problem with television is that the people must sit and keep their eyes glued on a screen; the average American family hasn't time for it." - New York Times, after the 1939 World Fair
  12. "With over 50 foreign cars already on sale here, the Japanese auto industry isn't likely to carve out a big slice of the U.S market." - Business Week, August 2, 1968.
  13. "There will never be a bigger plane built." - Boeing engineer, after the first flight of the 247, a twin engine plane that holds ten people.
  14. "These Google guys, they want to be billionaires and rock stars and go to conferences and all that. Let us see if they still want to run the business in two to three years." - Bill Gates in 2003
  15. "Next Christmas, the iPod will be dead, finished, gone, kaput." - Lord Alan Sugar, February 2005
  16. "Two years from now, spam will be solved." - Bill Gates, 2004
  17. "The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a 'C', the idea must be feasible." - A Yale University Professor on Fred Smith's paper proposing a reliable overnight delivery service. Fred went on to found FedEx.
  18. "Reagan doesn't have that Presidential look" - United Artists Executive, rejecting Reagan for the role of a Presidential candidate in "The Best Man", 1964.
  19. "The singer will have to go; the BBC won't like him." Music manager Eric Easton to his partner after watching a new band perform. The singer in question? Mick Jagger.
  20. "You better get secretarial work or get married." - Emmeline Snively, to wannabe-model Marilyn Monroe in 1944.
Red faces all around, huh?

S xx

4 comments:

  1. LOL! great idea for a post! Amazing how they get it so wrong. Someone froem that rapture crowd was on the radio the other day. he was respectfully asked if he'd come back and talk again on Monday if the world didn't end. He said he couldn't contemplate the thought taht it wouldn't happen!

    xx Jazzy

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  2. Hahaha Jazzy they're so fundamentally set in their beliefs it's unreal - I remember the same thing last year when a woman predicted an Alien landing, she practically went into hiding afterwards!! It will be interesting to see where this one goes - I can't believe the amount of money that has been wasted on "Doomsday 2011" campaigns and promotional material in America, some people really are... well, for want of a better word, mad!
    Thanks for reading xxx

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  3. LOL! I wasn't at all surprised when I woke up in my own bed....

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  4. Either was I Alex, although I will admit that I did get a teeny tiny bit freaked for all of about two minutes after I wrote this post - the sky turned black here and we had a torrential rain shower from nowhere! Still here though :)

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