The end of the world has been postponed, yet again, according to the Christian numerologist who first insisted the date was September 23 and then postponed it to October 15.
David Meade, a conspiracy theorist who claims to have studied astronomy at a Kentucky university but refused to disclose which school due to “safety reasons,” first predicted the world would end Sept. 23, which he said was a “very biblically significant, numerologically significant number.” He claimed a planet unknown to science, called Nibiru, would appear and bring apocalyptic earthquakes.
After his original prophecy failed (to the surprise of nobody), Meade changed the date of the alleged apocalypse to Oct. 15.
Either I missed the end of the world while I was watching TV or it never happened.
But Meade isn’t done yet. He has now moved the date to November 19, according to the Washington Post.
When Sept. 23 passed with no omens or calamities, Meade revised his very numerologically significant date to Oct. 15, which also came and went uneventfully.
You might think two consecutive misfires would quash the Nibiru theory. Instead, it’s simply transcended its erroneous author.
As the Post points out, the theory has been common in tabloids. The Daily Express stated that Nov. 19 will “see earthquake Armageddon across huge swaths of the planet.”
The paper cited as evidence unnamed “astronomers and seismologists” — and an illegible picture of the Earth, covered like pincushion in quake markers.
Try to pin down the “astronomers and seismologists” who supposedly support this theory, and you end up at PlanetXNews.com, a conspiracy website that Meade sometimes writes for.
What a surprise! In case you haven’t caught on yet, this “theory” is based on absolutely no scientific data. In fact, NASA has already debunked it and shown that Niburu doesn’t even exist.
“There is no credible evidence whatever for the existence of Niburu. There are no pictures, there’s no tracking, there’s no astronomical observations,” NASA space scientist Dr. David Morrison said in a YouTube response video. “So there really isn’t any evidence here to counter.” He added that a planet that close would be “easily visible to the naked eye,” further disproving its existence.
NASA’s website also states that “Nibiru and other stories about wayward planets are an Internet hoax.”
“There is no factual basis for these claims. If Nibiru or Planet X were real and headed for an encounter with the Earth in 2012, astronomers would have been tracking it for at least the past decade, and it would be visible by now to the naked eye. Obviously, it does not exist. Eris is real, but it is a dwarf planet similar to Pluto that will remain in the outer solar system; the closest it can come to Earth is about 4 billion miles.”
Of course, to certain Christian conspiracy theorists, all this is just the work of the devil and the end is near, but rational people (many Christians included, I should note) should know not to be scared of this failed apocalyptic prophecy. It will keep failing, and desperate people will keep pushing the date back in an attempt to stay relevant.
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