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Signs

On a billboard right near my office, is a big black sign with large white letters reading:

6 - 6 - 06
The signs are all around you.

And all I can think is "Well of course they are! You rented like fifty freaking billboards around here! I can't escape your millenialist wannabe signs!"

I'd hoped people would have gotten over this apocalyptic stuff six years ago. I mean, even if you give five years error of margin for dating errors over the years, then the second coming should already have happened.

It didn't happen circa 32AD when the reports of the resurrection of Christ were seen as the first rising of the dead, signaling the beginning of the apocalypse. It didn't happen in 666AD. It didn't happen in 1000AD. It didn't happen in 1666, though they did have the Black Plague in Europe. It didn't happen in 1997, or 1999, or 2000, or 2001, or 2005, like various other people predicted.

We didn't even have a giant mothership come past behind comet Hail Bopp to pick up the worthy ones.

Folks need to get over that 666 number. It's just an integer greater than 665 and less than 667. I mean, one of the earliest known scrolls of the bible discovered even says the number is 616, not 666. There's evidence to suggest the number might have been changed to suit the political whims of those who copied the bible at the time, and it may have happened more than once.

This apocalypse prediction idiocy has happened time and time again. Someone dabbles in numerology and finds a way to make pretty numbers that scare them, and they scream "It's the end of the world!" Funny, I feel fine. Cripes, I remember when Ronald Wilson Reagan was declared to be a sign of the apocalypse because all three of his names had six letters.

The only apocalypses getting ready to happen around here, are ones of our own making. Folks who have decided that is doesn't matter if the environment is destroyed because they believe the Rapture is coming soon... well, they're part of the problem.

I can't wait for June 6th. My schadenfreude will get a fine workout when someone suddenly has to explain to a bunch of confused followers why exactly they're still here.

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tugrik
Apr. 27th, 2006 09:42 am (UTC)
Something tells me it's just a bad marketing meme. It'll probably end up being some stupid new video game or other "x-TREEmE!, like, it's Evil, yo!" product trying to get the viral buzz going.
revar
Apr. 27th, 2006 11:23 am (UTC)
If it's just a marketing campaign, it's at least amusing then. Though the fact that they are pandering to the millenialist superstitions of some folks is rather annoying. This sort of thing should be discouraged, not encouraged.
bigtig
Apr. 27th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
Yeah. The remake of "The Omen" is set to come out on that day.