If you’re reading this, December 21, 2012 was not in fact the end of the world. Bummer. As Mayan-related book sales plummet and various religious leaders cough nervously and shuffle their feet, the rest of us are once again caught up in that exciting world of just plain not knowing anything about how we’re going to go.
Most end of the world conspiracy theories begin with some crackpot in a basement browsing old religious texts on the internet – but this one comes directly from a higher authority. NASA is predicting that in the beginning of the year 2013, the sun’s growing magnetic energy will combine with the highest levels of sunspot activity in the past 11 years, causing a barrage of solar flares that will destroy all of our computers – satellites will be the hardest hit – and disrupt the earth’s magnetic field.
9 Biological Weapons Will Destroy Humanity
Verifiable sources for this prediction are few and far between, and it all seems to lead back to an article from Weekly World News which – with headlines like “End of World Confirmed” and “Hobbits Invade Miami” – might not be the most reliable source of news. However, the theory has gained enough popularity to enough to warrant inclusion on this list, so here goes:
In 1847 a party of settlers, the “Donner party,” became trapped by a sudden blizzard in the Sierra Nevadas, eventually perishing due to cold and starvation. Salt Lake City professor Lloyd Cunningham and a team of students had recently been excavating the site when they came across a time capsule, inside which was a prediction that in 2016, a biological weapon would spread out of control and destroy all human life. Origins aside, this is probably one of the most feasible apocalypse predictions, since the human body is incredibly susceptible to biological pathogens. But there’s still no reason to expect it in 2016 specifically. It could happen right now.
8 The Battle of Armageddon
Hal Lindsey famously predicted that 1988 would be the year humans saw the final battle of Armageddon, which would herald the second coming of Christ and the end of pretty much everything. The date was based on the idea that Jesus would come back one biblical generation after the birth of Israel (founded as a modern state in 1948). According to him, a “biblical generation” was 40 years – the flaming sword of righteousness should therefore descend sometime in 1988.
7 Armageddon (Take Two)
Few people are more renowned in the world of psychics than Jeane Dixon. Active mostly between the 50s and 70s, she is purported to have predicted the assassination of Martin Luther King, the assassination of John F. Kennedy, and the launching of Sputnik 1. Allegedly, Richard Nixon also consulted with her personally on the possible threat of terrorism in the country.
What’s your favorite wacky doomsday prophecy?