New date for the end of the World!

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The evangelical broadcaster Harold Camping who left followers in disarray by his failed prediction that last Saturday would be Judgement Day says he miscalculated!

Apparently he said it had “dawned” on him that God would spare humanity “hell on Earth for five months” and the apocalypse would happen on 21st October 2011 – so put the date in your diary!

Mr Camping also said he feels “terrible” about his mistake. But he said he could not give financial advice to those who spent their life savings in the belief the end was nigh.

Mr Camping had predicted that on 21 May, true believers would be swept up to heaven while a giant earthquake would bring destruction for those (of us) left behind.

Mr Camping had not been seen since Saturday until he appeared on his Open Forum radio show, broadcast from Oakland, he said that when his prediction had failed to materialise he felt so terrible that he took refuge in a motel with his wife.

This just goes to show how dangerous the prediction business is – one cannot be too definite unless you are correct.

This is a well-known fact to fans of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe. In this book when the computer that is to give the answer to the ultimate question about ‘life, the Universe and everything’ provides the answer ’42’ rather than some deep meaningful answer, the prophets realise that this is not such a disaster as they are on the gravy train for life discussing what 42 actually means!

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