A Bible soothsayer in the U.S. and his followers saw Saturday come and go without their much-advertised, much-hyped prediction coming true — that the end of the world would begin.
Trucks, billboards and leaflets proclaimed the message of Harold Camping, an 89-year-old retired civil engineer, who has been telling listeners on his Family Radio network that the end of the world would begin on Saturday. His website had a clock counting down to the appointed time.
However, his predicted start of the end of the world, 6:00 p.m. local time, came and went around the globe without the apocalyptic events taking place.
His doomsday message received extensive media coverage — and was also the butt of
Camping said he based his calculations on numerical references in the Bible. He said that his previous prediction that the end of the world would come in 1994 was a miscalculation.
His followers spent large amounts of their own money to spread the message, with some driving thousands of miles in caravans throughout the United States to warn of what they said would be doomsday.
There has been no word on what Camping is doing now.
For those looking ahead, the ancient Mayans said that the end of civilization is coming next year — on December 21, 2012 — as astronomical events converge.
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