Happy Fun-with-Evidence Friday. I've been traveling for family stuff. Driving I-80 through Wyoming, I spotted this orphaned billboard. Remember that Rapture many were predicting for May 21 last year (according to Harold Camping's biblical numerology)? I got this quick snapshot from the car (somewhere between Laramie and Little America). The yellow circle to the left reads "The Bible Guarantees It!".
This is why you can't get a straight answer out of an attorney or a statistician. I've got to admire people who show such courage in their convictions. After a Judgment-free May 21 came and went, Camping said he'd had a "really tough weekend." But you can't fake reality. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future anything, etc etc. And while some made pretty funny jokes about punking the Rapture, others were seriously hurt by their beliefs, which isn't so funny.
Now folks are predicting Doomsday on December 21 - all that Mayan calendar, 12/21/12 stuff. Dan Piraro, creator of the Bizarro comic (and most awesome member of my high school graduating class), offers the best explanation I've seen: That's all the room they had on their ancient calendar.