It starts with an earthquake ...
Boston's 2004 and 2007 World Series championships ended that scenario (though in a way, that old world did end), and while the Cubs have not won a pennant in 66 years, the two franchises have played meaningful games against each other. In June 2005, they played three games in Wrigley Field. And this weekend, they meet for three games at Fenway Park.
But guess what is going to happen right before Saturday's game?
Harold Camping, a Christian evangelist and co-founder and president of Family Radio, has been preaching that Judgment Day will arrive shortly before 6 PM on Saturday, May 21, when a series of unprecedentedly large earthquakes will shock the globe.
It is absolutely going to happen. ... There is no possibility that it will not happen, because all of our information comes from the Bible.
According to Camping, May 21, 2011 is exactly 7,000 years since the worldwide flood of Noah's time. If you are curious about the math, you can click here and look through "We Are Almost There!"
Of the various doomsday predictions that come and go, this one has received a lot of press. Perhaps it's because Camping's followers have done a remarkable job of buying billboards and bus shelter ads (some believers have spent their life savings), and driving around in cars and trucks like the one above; or maybe the shit really is going to hit the fan this weekend.
Gunther von Harringa, a spokesman for Camping and Family Radio, says: "God has exhausted his patience with the world." (I can't say that I blame him.) After five months of torment, misery, and friggin' anarchy, the earth and universe will be destroyed on October 21.
IYI: Camping also predicted the world would end on September 6, 1994.