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The end of the world as we know it[edit]

will be caused by a surfeit of end of the world predictions (and, possibly, lampreys). (talk) 09:57, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

2039 Joke[edit]

Added (Joke) after the 2039 entry because of someone off wiki who is scared by it and didn't see the joke. I know it's a bit clumsy but helping scared people surely is the priority) Robertinventor (talk) 16:50, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

I see someone has reversed the edit. Can you discuss here? I mean - it is a joke presumably? The page you link to doesn't have 2039 anywhere on it, and it links to the Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy page. If it is a joke and meant as a dry form of humour, in my experience people who are scared of the end of the world are not well tuned to that dry form of humour and they take it seriously and get scared. If it is not a joke, then it needs more detail. I'm trying to reassure someone right now that it is a joke. If you can't say it on the page itself, I'd appreciate it if someone replies here to say that it is a joke. Thanks! Robertinventor (talk) 18:27, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Just checked the history, @Koidevelopment you say "We don't need to put 'joke' after an entry, because they're all jokes". No they are not. This is a rational wiki in joke if I understand right. But the others are prophecies by people who are serious about it. Others may laugh and treat it as a joke, but they don't, they believe their prophecies. 8,000,000th century later in the page is a scientific prediction. The reader needs to be able to know if it is an in joke, a prophecy, a scientific prediction, or what it is. Or is RationalWiki only meant for use by people who already know that the things here are nonsense? If you can't do it on the page, please say here that it is a joke so that people like me trying to help scared people can point to the comment. Thanks! Robertinventor (talk) 18:27, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
There are people who're scared by some of these? I can definitively say that no, Nibiru and the great tribulation and the HHGTTG ones are not real. I mean, c'mon, it's a reference to the HHGTTG. It's a novel. As for the ones past the 22nd century, your friend need not be scared. He or she won't even be alive for those. No need to worry about them. Koi "I could really use an animator because I have so many ideas floating around in my head" development 03:25, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
Sorry I got involved in other things. Yes people do get scared. You wouldn't believe how scared they get. I'm contacted often by people who have been on medication for their anxiety about Nibiru and such like. Some have felt suicidal. Though it hasn't happened to me, I've heard from others who were contacted by people actually contemplating suicide and reasoned them out of it, helped them not to kill themselves. David Morrison (of NASA "Ask an Astrobiologist") says that he was told of people who had committed suicide. There is a definite case of a young girl from Bath in the UK who killed herself in 2012 out of fear of end of the world - it is mentioned in her obituary. And there are many who wake up every day, scared that the world is about to end. I don't know how many, whether its hundreds, thousands or more, but enough so I've had a fair number of conversations trying to reassure them. Sometimes it takes months to years to get them to calm down enough to realize it is all hoax / joke / nonsense / BS / people making money out of their fear. There are youtube channels that publish "Nibiru about to cause devastation on Earth" videos many times a month that have estimated ad earnings of thousands of dollars a month. Also people who sell survival gear to those who are scared of Nibiru and of course all the books. It's a whole minor industry and I'm trying to do my bit to reassure and help the people who find my book and articles. I'm author of a book "Doomsday Debunked" (available to read online for free, and on kindle, the occasional kindle earnings go to suicide prevention charities) and there are several facebook groups set up just to help these people, as their only purpose, I know of four such, and I also do a debunking doomsday blog with articles that they say help them a lot. All about stories that with a bit of background in science and often not even that, just some training in checking sources, e.g. if they say someone is murdered for speaking out about Nibiru, to know to go and look up his obituary and check that he died of throat cancer. Many people don't know to do that and don't know how to do that. Robertinventor (talk) 00:04, 27 July 2017 (UTC)


Has nobody suggested this date yet (2000 years since the claimed execution of the claimed Jesus Christ (or someone else of the same name somewhere else and the calendar is wrong besides). (talk) 17:28, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Well, I hear it's the date the nukes come down and we're all forced to take shelter in the metro system -- not from the radiation, mind you, but from... um, solar-powered radioactive mutants, or something. (Despite that a nuclear winter would leave the surface just as dark and lifeless as underground areas logically should've been.) ~ 18:09, 19 July 2017 (UTC)
Given that the 'Western calendar is wrong' (but Bede did reasonably well under the circumstances) and both the Gregorian and Julian calendars are in use in 'the West' (along with a few others generally) - the reason all these predictions fail is because 'a calendar paradox' is created and thus a prediction is caught in temporal snarl-ups. (talk) 16:38, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
Most of the nuts use, and predict with the Gregorian calendar, so it's a relatively harmless inconsistency--Spoony (talk) 17:12, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
But 'the end of the world generator' is likely to suffer acute paradox-itis: which is the correct date for the end of days. And then 'the cosmic fortune cookie distributors' hand out another set of predictions and the arguments start all over again. (talk) 21:51, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Apocalypse Bingo/Drinking game[edit]

Can someone develop the Apocalypse version of the RationalWiki drinking game?

  1. Biblical quotes (with some means of allowing for 'zillions of references')
  2. Planetary billiards (Nibiru, Planet X, Immanuel Velikovsky, Return of the DinoAsteroid etc)
  3. 'Other orbiting natural bodies' (comet, meteor, asteroid)
  4. Return of Jesus etc
  5. Dates (being inedible numbers)
  6. Numbers games/hunt the letter
  7. Aliens/cryptozoology
  8. The Beast (not being A Crowley)
  9. 'We are all going to the dogs ([1] and similar).

Any other signs? Anna Livia (talk) 21:31, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

USA Today runs a knockoff version[edit] The FCP Foundation (talk/stalk) 20:51, 21 September 2017 (UTC)


Strike out the ones that have passed -and failed-. (talk) 08:05, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
That might get a bit annoying to read. Some sort of separator would be good though. —Kazitor, pending 09:22, 16 October 2017 (UTC)