The new year is just beginning, but already at least one man says he's figured out when the world will end. Forget 2012: The real date is May 21, 2011.
That, anyway, is the conclusion of 88-year-old self-styled biblical scholar and civil engineer Harold Camping, according to the San Francisco Chronicle:
Camping, 88, has scrutinized the Bible for almost 70 years and says he has developed a mathematical system to interpret prophecies hidden within the Good Book. One night a few years ago, Camping, a civil engineer by trade, crunched the numbers and was stunned at what he'd found: The world will end May 21, 2011.
This is not the first time Camping has made a bold prediction about Judgment Day.
On Sept. 6, 1994, dozens of Camping's believers gathered inside Alameda's Veterans Memorial Building to await the return of Christ, an event Camping had promised for two years. Followers dressed children in their Sunday best and held Bibles open-faced toward heaven.
As you may have heard, the world did not end in 1994. But just in case he's right this time, we're liquidating all of our assets and going to Tahiti to wait it out.