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2033[edit]

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). 82.44.143.26 (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. 82.44.143.26 (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. 86.146.99.1 (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]

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/09/21/word-ending-saturday-here-all-times-world-supposed-end-and-didnt/689011001/ Mʀ. Wʜɪsᴋᴇʀs, Esϙᴜɪʀᴇ (talk/stalk) 20:51, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Suggestion[edit]

Strike out the ones that have passed -and failed-. 195.235.239.101 (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)
A 'You are here/the present' statement in a distinctive colour (and which will sit around 2019-2025 unless someone finds some new predictions). Anna Livia (talk) 19:34, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
They will all fail, won't they? Or if one succeeds, I doubt anybody will say "aha! RationalWiki was wrong!" A better idea might be to have subsections in the 21st Century section for "failed" and "pending" predictions. TotnesBicycle 21:32, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Another suggestion[edit]

End of the world bingo:

  • Asteroids/Nibiru/Planet X/astronomically invisible star orbiting the sun
  • Computer related (including grey goo, and Y2000/Y2038 problem)
  • Assorted radiation-related topics
  • Reversing the (magnetic) polarity (inside or outside a police phone box)
  • 'An excess of predictions of the end of the world' (whether or not involving lampreys)

Any more? (And how many points for each?) Anna Livia (talk) 19:32, 10 January 2018 (UTC)