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So, it seems that Harold Camping is back – this is the man who said the world would end in May this year. Apparently he Got It Wrong, and the deadline is now 21 October ie Friday next week. Given where NZ sits relative to the dateline, I’m sure we’ll be among the first to know.

Except, of course, that he’s not the only purveyor of doom-filled prophecies. According to those who buy into the significance of parts of the ancient Mayan calendar, we’re to expect Extremely Bad Things on 21 December 2012 (all based,it seems, on substantial misinterpretation of said calendar). Oh noes! Who to believe?

Well, since there’s been a plethora of such predictions, mostly proved wrong after the (non)event, I’d say, none of them. They lack evidence, or even a firm basis in scientific concepts; you might as well go with the lolcats