NYC Back To Business As Usual After Failed Doomsday Predictions

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — Whatever you want to call it – judgment day, the end of days, rapture – the predictions for the end of the world didn’t come to fruition on Saturday.

After an extreme radio host predicted a global earthquake to bring about doomsday, people throughout the Tri-State and across the country were talking – though many weren’t buying into it, reports CBS 2’s Dave Carlin.

“I’m glad it didn’t end,” Weston, Connecticut resident Cheryl Weinstock said. “I’ve got a lot to do.”

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The billboards, transit posters and fliers calling for the end of the world were hard to miss. Retired transit worker Robert Fitzpatrick told CBS 2 that he spent $140,000 of his own money on the ads, 100 percent sure of his message.

Fitzpatrick insisted he had cracked the “Doomsday Code” hidden in the Bible.

“This isn’t just some vague scripture that could be interpreted one way or another,” he said. “This is solid, mathematical proof.”

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“It’s just a bunch of hoo-hah,” Heraa Chaudhry, of Old Bridge, said. “They’re trying to get a rise out of people, I think.”

Even New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg made jokes about the predictions earlier in the week.

CBS 2 called Fitzpatrick’s home in Staten Island on Saturday, but no one answered.

The man behind the inaccurate predictions, 89-year-old Christian radio broadcaster and author Harold Camping, did not make any comment on Saturday. He said he used numbers and scriptures to make the calculation – something he also did in 1994.

“Harold Camping is going to figure out a way to say that he had a little mathematical formula wrong, like he did in 1994 when he predicted the end of the world,” Wall resident Stuart Migdon said. “He said the very same things.”

“He’s in hiding, isn’t he?” Oleina Simpson, of Bowie, Maryland, said. “His prediction is wrong. No one knows when the earth’s going to end – until it does.”

Many New Yorkers spent the day on Saturday embracing the prediction, using it as a reason to have apocalyptic parties or to host an end of the world bash.

On Saturday evening, though, it appeared that the Big Apple was back to business-as-usual.

Did you celebrate the end of the world – or the failed predictions? Tell us about it below!

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  1. MR GOEBBELS says:

    CAMPING SHOULD BE STRAT-JACKETED TO A NURSING HOME AND USED FOR EXPRIMENTATION.

  2. John Marin says:

    The best way to deal with kooks of this sort is to give him free entrance to the American Museum of Natural History and guide him through the section on human evolution.

  3. Lela says:

    If you realy, want to know when Jesus Christ the Son of the Living God,Who died for my sins and your sins will come again.The Bible is the Thruth. Matthew chapter 24 all verses will explain what will happen before Jesus Christ come again.Remember Jim Jones? how many people did he decieved? Also Applewhite . .All the bad comments about God,remember HE is still God who Love’s you and will forgive you if you will ask Him.There is know man that can forgive our sins , but God Almighty.

    1. Rodin says:

      “The constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.”
      ~ KRISHNAMURTI, Indian writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects (1895 – 1986)

      Passive aggressive typical of the arrogance of piety.

      You are of the same cloth as Camping and Fitzpatrick, You live in fear and ignorance; you believe the same nonesense, and you enable these lunatics and encourage their messianic fantasies and apocalyptic nightmeares with your own delusions and superstitions. It is YOU who breed them upon us.

      Keep your faiths out of my face. Good without gods.

      “I shall have liberty to think for myself without molesting others or being molested myself.” ~ JOHN ADAMS, Second President of the United States (1735 – 1826)

  4. Concern says:

    Where is Harlem Boys Choir now?

  5. BUD says:

    GOOD WITHOUT GOD? AS LONG AS WE HAVE SOME GOOD GREEN BUD!

  6. Bill says:

    yeah that’s wonderful. You’re very creative

  7. joe says:

    I’m glad he spent his entire retiirement savings he deserves it for believing that s h i t.

  8. Delores says:

    Hey Fitzpatrick, Good On Ya Mate! Maybe You Can Ask Jesus To Return Your Money.

  9. Shane Devino says:

    Robert Fitzpatrick will be standing in line for free housing, food stamps and welfare on Monday morning lol

  10. littlegirl says:

    WHY DO WE NEED GOD? We have science with nuclear weapons! It’s much more powerful tool in our good hands! With science we have much more accurate prediction of how to destroy and kill! Ancient texts cannot help with Apocalipsis but nuclear bombs do. [There should be a special font for irony at last on these forums – some people take everything very seriously]

  11. Alexandria says:

    to those who said something along the lines of “i wish i was raptured today”. Who is your God?

    Matthew 24:36

    1. David Brier says:

      Not yours!! LOL

    2. Rodin says:

      I have none. Neither do you.

  12. OUCH says:

    It is a shame that the RUPTURE didn’t happen today ! I went out yesterday to buy a new truss and all !… Whatta Jip !

  13. pocque says:

    The good news is that Mr. Camping is 89 years old and will be dead in a few years. No more listening to his idiotic predictions.

  14. Maria says:

    I disagree and agree: no killing needs to happen but religion IS a curse and I don’t believe God wants anything to do with all the religions that insist on this or that.

    1. Rodin says:

      Religions are symptoms. There is no god, just fear. That’s the problem.

  15. jules says:

    Why are you tying to spread hatred. You certainly need Jesus in your life. I’ll pray for you.

    1. Rodin says:

      “Nothing fails like prayer.”
      ~ ANNIE LAURIE GAYLOR
      Co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation;
      editor of Freethought Today
      (b. 1955)

      Religion is faith-based bigotry and heaven sanctioned hate.

      Good without gods.

  16. JANICE SAHADAT says:

    WOW i HAVE NOT HEARD THE WORD COLORED, SINCE THE LAST TIME I HEARD THE WORD HONKEY, THAT IS SO SAD THAT YOU ARE A OLD SCHOOL RACIST, YOU ARE SUCH A SAD PERSON AND i FEEL VERY SORRY FOR YOU.

    1. bill burns says:

      Colored is defined as a person of cplor,i.e. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

  17. Jayson Carr says:

    I predict that I will have to go to work on Monday morning

  18. Bklyn mom says:

    I was busy making dinner for the kids. Would have sucked to die hungry!

  19. Dale Auburn says:

    Harold Camping’s followers aren’t “happy campers” anymore. Of course, they’ll all complain that Government didn’t protect them from Camping’s fraudulent claims, so they’re entitled to a massive bailout.

  20. littlestar says:

    I, for one, am very dissapointed that I wasn’t wraptured today.

  21. Waitin' says:

    eventually, this boob will be right. just not tonight.

    1. Waitin' for Satin says:

      Eventually you might have a brain, just not tonight.

      1. SatinEnthusiast says:

        Yeah, that is a smooth fabric. Satin? Love it.

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