What If They Held an Apocalypse But Nobody Came?

Final exams are over and I submitted the course grades to the proper people, so my spring semester is over. What does this mean for the blog? Very likely you will see an increased amount of posting, once I’ve recovered a bit! Rapture!

Speaking of Rapture, I’m going to be at a birthday gathering most of today, so I won’t be liveblogging Armageddon. However, to tide you over until the tidal waves arrive, here are some other resources:

  • A classic (and very strange) cartoon from 1928: Koko’s Earth Control (from the innovative Max Fleischer studio), which cheerfully depicts the destruction of Earth.
  • Neil Gaiman (on Twitter), “I am slightly less inclined to believe today is Doomsday after learning that Harold Camping’s middle name is Egbert.”
  • On a more serious note, Chris Mooney (writing for Mother Jones) explains why a lack of Rapture today will be unlikely to convince true believers.
  • When Worlds Collide: Phil Plait estimates the likelihood that Earth will encounter one of the free-agent planets populating our galaxy.
  • And, behind the fold, my Rapture play list!

DJ Doctor Hat Man Du’s Rapture Play List:

  1. (inevitably) “It’s The End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)”, R.E.M.
  2. “The End of the World”, U2
  3. “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”, Bob Dylan
  4. “Last Night of the World”, Bruce Cockburn
  5. “Calamity Song”, The Decemberists
  6. “Feeling Yourself Disintegrate”, The Flaming Lips
  7. “Flyin’ High in the Friendly Sky”, Marvin Gaye
  8. “Golden Age”, TV on the Radio
  9. “Easy Like Sunday Morning”, The Commodores
  10. “The End”, The Beatles

Leave your own song suggestions in the comments!

5 responses to “What If They Held an Apocalypse But Nobody Came?”

  1. I am so glad we’ll all be here to witness it together! I’m going to add in the somewhat obvious “When the World Ends” by DMB, too.

    1. I thought about “Lie In Our Graves” by DMB as a song, but the point of Rapture is no graves. Certainly I have no grounds for criticizing anyone for obviousness, given a few of my song choices!

  2. “The End of The World,” by Skeeter Davis?

    1. I don’t know that one, but I think you could draw up a list consisting entirely of songs with that title. (“Why does my heart go on beating?” etc.)

  3. […] Today we find out if Harold Camping, 2011 IgNobel Laureate in Mathematics, is right: he has predicted the Rapture will happen today. As a scientist, I applaud him for making testable predictions: that’s part of what science is about, after all. The entire world tests his hypotheses, and falsified his first numerical prediction, which stated the Rapture would occur May 21. […]

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