May 21, 2011: Judgment day? Some think the end of the world is just weeks away

armageddon.jpgDepending on who you ask, the end of the world is an abstract idea, a remote possibility or -- if you're an adherent to the Judgment Day movement -- coming up on May 21.

Family Radio evangelist Harold Camping and Judgment Day movement believers like Brian Haubert believe the exact date our world will come screeching to halt amidst a fiery rapture bigger and better than any CQI-related destruction ever created for film has been determined: May 21, 2011. According to Haubert -- who recently spoke to NPR's Weekend Edition -- that's exactly 7,000 years from the time of Noah's flood.

And, shockingly, the prediction has nothing to do with "The Terminator." We're skeptical.

"[I]t's very hard," Haubert told Weekend Edition. "I worry about friends and family and loved ones. But I guess more recently, I'm just really looking forward to it."

For the rest of us who may not be so excited about the end of the world, is there anything we can do? After all, the "Dancing with the Stars" finale isn't set to air until Tuesday, May 24. After that, we'd be fine with the world imploding/exploding -- but at least give us the satisfaction of knowing whether or not Ralph Macchio triumphs over Kirstie Alley to win this season's title.

No such luck, though, according to the end-of-worlders: According to Camping -- who calculated the date -- there is no plan B. It's May 21. Period. Though Camping had once determined that the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994, he now blames incomplete research for the faulty prediction.

Some have even quit their jobs and scrapped plans for higher education to carpe diem and hand out Bible tracts, according to NPR.

Meanwhile, we sit tight and feel pretty secure in the knowledge the world -- and Kirstie and Ralph -- will still be here for that finale.
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