Pranksters To Fake The Rapture

on Friday, May. 13th

Okay, chalk this one up under “funny but mean”.

By now you may have seen billboards delcaring that May 21st is going to be Judgment Day. No, not the day that Skynet becomes sentient and begins eradicating humanity (that was supposed to happen LAST month, or last week when Microsoft bought Skype if you’re into ‘net memes).

No we’re talking about the Biblical end of the world. Book of Revelations. At least it’s supposed to happen according to Christian radio broadcaster Harold Camping, who also predicted that the world would end in September of 1994.

Still, people are buying into the prediction in spite of his spotty track record. One guy in New York has spent over $100K on ads declaring that the end times are almost here.

Now author Harry Connolly has gotten into the act, and is calling on those with a taste for internet mischief to fake the Rapture on May 21st.

That’s why, at about noon PST on 5/21, I plan to be on Twitter. These are the tweets I’ll make:

  • My wife says she hears someone playing trumpets, but I can’t hear a thing. All that exercise is rotting her brain.
  • HOLY SHIT, SHE JUST VANISHED IN FRONT OF ME!
  • WHAT’S GOING ON??? MY WIFE JUST DISAPPEARED LIKE OBI WAN KENOBI! HER EMPTY CLOTHES COLLAPSED ON THE FLOOR!
  • WHERE’S MY SON!
  • My son has vanished, too! WHERE’S MY SON! WHAT’S GOING ON!! I gotta figure this out!

With the perfect delay between tweets, it’ll seem like the Rapture is really happening.

Too much! Hey, maybe it’s not so mean. Looked at from the right perspective he’s kind of making people’s dreams come true. Sort of.

Corey McCall with the video game controller that measures the level of excitement in the player. Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

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