Harold Camping is the man that predicted the world was ending. Camping foretold that on May 21, 2011, the Rapture would occur. This date comes from a mathematical equation he allegedly created using biblical texts.
Of course news this big caused quite an online uproar from both believers and skeptics. Reactions were mixed, and arguments and trolling ensued. Websites like YouTube, Twitter and Facebook suddenly became a hotbed of debate. Those who refused to buy into Camping’s prediction were especially vocal. Some posters spoke with complete seriousness while others decided to take a more humorous route. At any rate, many funny and strange comments have arisen as a result.
“So since the world is ending tomorrow, why don’t all [Harold Camping] followers give me all their money? It’s all useless now right?” — Twitter user estr4ng3d, aka Abdelrahman Hassan
This is just one example of a joke that has become fairly common on several websites and boards. Skeptics of Camping’s theory ask believers to give away their worldly possessions as they won’t be needing them after the Rapture occurs. No one has responded on the success of such actions thus far.
And speaking of jokes:
“[Rapture] prank: On Saturday, take some of your old clothes and shoes and leave sets of them arranged on sidewalks and lawns around town.” –Twitter user kevinism, a.k.a. Kevin Pakdivichit
Some internet dwellers were so confident that Camping was wrong that they started planning their own Rapture-themed pranks for the big day. Pakdivichit is one of many who suggested leaving clothes and shoes out on sidewalks. (For those of you who don’t get the joke, people who ascend to Heaven during Rapture leave their clothing and personal effects behind.)
“I hate to burst your bubble, but technically it’s just judgment day on Saturday. The world doesn’t end until October. So provided the “mass chaos” that ensues after ALL FLIPPING 5 qualifying people are taken in the rapture doesn’t cause too much mayhem in your area — you still have work.” [sic] –Regretsy user MntlKase
Many Regretsy users spent the week leading up to May 21 joking about how happy they would be since they wouldn’t have to go to work Monday morning if the Rapture occurred. Enter user MntlKase to rain on everyone’s parade.
“BAD NEWS: This may be the last Friday in history. GOOD NEWS: That means no more “Friday” from Rebecca Black.” –Twitter user Lou Brutus
Like many others, Brutus seems to be keeping in good humor. What better way to keep one’s self out of a crushing Doomsday depression than poking fun at current events?
“2 days till zombie apocalypse…then the [N]azi’s will control the zombies using robots to herd them, but then the robots will turn killing everything that isn’t a robot. Then vampires will come out of the darkness and just start killing everything else… AWESOME!!!” — Facebook post via Michael Good
Michael’s apocalypse is a little different than the traditional view, but he seems excited for zombies all the same. Actually, it seems that a lot of people are looking forward to the zombie apocalypse.
“Oh man! I’m supposed to graduate at the end of June! I’ve worked too hard for a diploma for the world to end. This is very inconvenient.” — YouTube user PurpleBlueRedOrange
Purple left this comment on one of Camping’s videos. This is indeed a bad time. Can you imagine spending the majority of your life in school, just to die before you even get the pleasure of graduating? Truly an unpleasant thought.