The Apocalypse: It’s Nothing New

NEW YORK (WCBSNewYork) — Will the world come to an end tonight? Doomsdayers have predicted that life as we know it will cease to exist after Saturday.

One of them is Staten Island resident Robert Fitzpatrick, who says buildings and bridges will collapse, dams will burst and flames will consume the planet in massive earthquake— all by about 6pm tonight.

Doomsday worrywarts have a long history of predicting the end of the world. From biblical times to the present day, there have been many scenarios of our ultimate demise.

Here are just a few:

Mayan Calendar

The Mayan 2012 prophecy says that a series of cataclysmic events will destroy the planet on December 21, 2012, the date when the Mayan calendar officially ends.

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According to the website,, the end of the world might come in a variety of ways in 2012, from severe global climate change to a worldwide pandemic to a “galactic alignment” when our solar system passes through the Galactic Equator.

But the Mayan 2012 prediction has become more of a Western ideology and pop culture creation than anything else.

In fact, many scholars and modern-day Maya believe the 2012 doomsday theory is nothing more than a misrepresentation of the Mayan calendar.


Arguably one of the most well-known prophets is Nostradamus, a self-proclaimed seer of the future from the 1500s.

There are many who believe that a number of Nostradamus’ predictions have come true in the past few hundred years, from the rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany to the death of Princess Diana and the 9/11 attacks.

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So it’s no surprise that the prophet has a large following of people who believe in his 2012 divination.

Similar to those who accept the Mayan calendar theory, Nostradamus says in 2012, the world will end in fiery brimstone caused by a comet. But like most of his predictions, he doesn’t say anything too specific about our last days on Earth.


Remember Y2K? We all thought the world was going to end in 1999 when computers’ internal clocks had to switch over to the year 2000. The fear was that computers wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between dates in the 1900s and the new millennium.

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Planes were supposed to fall from the sky, atomic bombs would launch spontaneously and nuclear reactors would melt causing mass destruction and chaos.

I think we all know how that one turned out.

The Zombie Apocalypse

There really is a theory that a worldwide zombie outbreak will lead to the end of civilization as we know it.

The zombie apocalypse has taken over pop culture in recent years, with movies like Zombieland, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead and Resident Evil, just to name a few.

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The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks, is a comprehensive guide to understanding zombie behavior. It also teachers readers how protect their homes from zombie attacks and how to survive in the wilderness if the living dead take over your town.

If you live in New York City, you may think the zombie apocalypse has already happened. A hoard of zombies crossed over the Brooklyn Bridge last year and invaded the city to promote the new AMC television series “The Walking Dead.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Zombies Invade New York City

On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control launched a zombie survival campaign on its website, complete with an official zombie survival kit and tips for staying alive during an infestation of the undead.

In truth, we really don’t know if or when the world will end. It could be tonight, it could be tomorrow or it could be millions of years from now.

But one thing’s for sure, we won’t run out of doomsday prophecies any time soon.

Have you heard of other doomsday predictions? Let us know in our comments section below.

  • Charles O Shea

    of the near end of the world.
    then in the news u here someting about a plan of laden of a shocking descover after his death and if not his decendent of bin laden is there still posiable that the future may ormay not come true, beacause of the assanation of bin laden.

  • Jessie

    Actually, it’s the end of my faith in humanity, people will believe anything, I guess if it fills a void in their lives. Sighs

  • Dale Auburn

    The Mayan calendar is like your car’s odometer. After 999,999 miles, does your car stop moving? Does it disappear? No. It simply RESETS TO ZERO and keeps going. That’s it, that’s all, that’s eveything.

  • Rev. Daniel W. Blair

    I am very sad for those who have been following this lie that the rapture will occur on May 21st. Even if they attempt to explain away “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven nor the Son, but only the Father” (Mark 13:32), they cannot explain away that most every Christian, theologian, scholar, and prophet from the first Century until the Nineteenth Century all believed that the church would go through the Great Tribulation and not escape through some secret rapture that would leave the world paralyzed. I pray that they will take a moment and read my book, “Final Warning” because the hour of is His judgment has come.

  • imfamousB

    Well, it was supossed to start in New Zealand at 6pm and they made it through to May 22 without a glitch. I think it’s safe to say this is complete b.s. once again and people should be more worried about themselves rather than some random face in the sky destroying us to “save us from our sins”. Pure and holy Christians should be ashamed of themselves. I say everybody has a block-wide bible bonfire party tonight!

    • Pete Doyle

      Y’know….i was just thinking to myself “it has got to be May 22 somewhere if it is 8:20 PM here in Pennsylvania.”
      Were there people who took this prediction seriously? If so, it must have been a bummer of a week.

  • chris

    Only God Knows when time is up.

  • myles

    Tokyou Electric is behing this … to get rid of the Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster. Gee… it should already be gone by now!

  • John

    Man I wish I could go to where all teh nuts with placards are and just point and laugh at 6:01 :)

  • Dale Auburn

    People will PRETEND to believe anything if there’s money to be made from it.

    Today, this group’s favorite REM song is “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine).” Tomorrow they’ll be singing “Losing My Religion.”

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