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The World didn’t end

May 22nd, 2011

yesterday. It hadn’t ended by evening today either. I never did figure out how earthquakes were going to shake the four corners of the globe at the same time. Think about it – none of us are “Flat Earthers” and a sphere doesn’t have corners. Looking at your average map – none of the continents come close to having corners. Perhaps he is so old that he believes that the corners on the physical map are real?

If you remember 89 year old Harold Camping (and there is no reason why you should) from 1994 – he was predicted the end of the world before.

1994 was a year of changes – at least for those of us in the US military stationed in Germany. Significant turmoil ensued as the draw down of forces (the Cold War bonus) resulted in the closure of bases Bremerhaven, Nuernburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Augsburg, Muenchen. I was the commander of clinics for Heidelberg Meddac. What this amounted to was increasing the number of clinics for which I was responsible from 4 to 10, and then decreasing by one as we closed out Karlsruhe. Just because I didn’t have enough else to do – there was Frankfurt Hospital (the old 97th General) to close.

The world didn’t end. In fact, I was so busy that I would not have noticed the world ending between work and the kids and DH and dog.

Now – there have been numerous rumors of world ending. What I know is that it didn’t end in 1994, it didn’t end on the 30th of April or 21th of May. Which leads me to believe that the Apocalypse won’t happen on the 21st of October either.

I am just trying to decide if it would be better to be on sea or land when his next prediction doesn’t come true.

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  1. Carmen
    May 25th, 2011 at 13:27 | #1

    If the rapture happened, we thought it sounded like it was going to take mainly the Tea Party and the Republicans.

    Mixed blessing?

  2. Bonnie
    May 25th, 2011 at 13:59 | #2

    Y’know, as a member of our tribe, I felt so out of touch about this…we did not get this memo…I jokingly asked a buddy where to pick up “the Jewish girl’s guide to the Rapture” just so I could be on the same page with everyone else…

    Didn’t stop me from enjoying the jokes about the end that didn’t come!

  3. Brad
    May 25th, 2011 at 15:39 | #3

    In a pub!

  4. Bob
    May 25th, 2011 at 15:41 | #4

    The whole idea is to be prepared even if one is not ready. I’d like to believe I’m prepared . . . and old enough not to give it a whole lot of thought

  5. Jan
    May 25th, 2011 at 15:43 | #5

    But then again maybe it did. See Hugh Everett, Princeton 195–?

  6. Bruce
    May 25th, 2011 at 15:44 | #6

    This character is non operational in Texas.

    We were seeing pix on TV of multiple East Coast billboards.

    If he recovers for another prediction, I would suggest that we all go on a cruise. We can finance it with profits from options on billboard advertisers stock taken out when he announces the next date and sold a month before.

    The money could be thought of as Prophets profits.

  7. Cat
    June 3rd, 2011 at 21:35 | #7

    He is now saying October sometime! Why do they give this man any publicity at all? He is causing untold harm to vulnerable people.

  8. Jen
    June 3rd, 2011 at 21:36 | #8

    We were on sea (bay) for this last one. When you see some of those cigarette boats screaming by you suspect they HAVE become unmanned. And even two sailboats maneuvered in a drunken manner suggesting loss of a captain….

  9. Jan
    June 6th, 2011 at 14:25 | #9

    The fundamental tenet of quantum theory is that stuff is really just waves of probability which upon observation collapse into classical forms that we are used to seeing as in the case of an electron which becomes a particle only when measured. Everett as a graduate student under John Archibald Wheeler, the renowned quantum theorist here in the 50’s, proposed and supported in his PhD thesis that what was going was not classical collapse but rather at every inflection point in human reality everything that can happen does happen but in separate universes branching off the inflection point such that that we who experience and occupy one such branch are totally oblivious to the virtually infinite but simultaneous other ones where the other things happen. Sound far-fetched? But quantum theory produces weird results. Unfortunately for the mystified most of its principles have been mathematically validated. A great read on this important field is Geons, Black Holes and Quantum Foam by Wheeler which not only traces his history with the Manhattan Project, in which he was a central player, but also elaborates on many of the fascinating developments in quantum physics since then including young Everett’s work which he sanctioned. The leading figure today advocating the multiple universe theory is the Harvard physicist Lisa Randall, who to me is the rock star of scientific theory.

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