No Rapture, Preacher “Flabbergasted”

This has got to be the best Yahoo! headlines I have seen in ages, worthy of posting just for posterity.

The Rapture did not happen (or maybe it did and we just didn’t notice as so few people went) so we have the lead story on the from page of Yahoo! framing poor Harold Camping, still here among the sinners.

First, A+ for headline.  That is a hard one to top without getting too arch.

Second, it is followed up by some excellent understatement to balance out the headline.  He has been left in an “awkward spot” and had a “really tough weekend,” which makes you want to click on the link and read the whole story.

I wonder how much time he spent worrying that he didn’t make the cut for the rapture?  Or if the thought even entered his mind.

Then there are the related stories, which follows the classic comedy triple:

  1. How Believers Reacted (reactions were “mixed”)
  2. Doomsday Gone Wrong (makes it sound like a bad thing)
  3. Zombie Apocalypse tips (because we’re probably laughing already)

And, finally, there is the picture they chose.  Looks like he is swallowing a pretty bitter pill right there.

Anyway, no less than Sir Isaac Newton calculated that the Rapture could not take place until 2060 at the earliest.  Anybody trying to call an earlier date is going to have to prove they are much smarter than the namesake of one of my favorite cookies.

(Yes, I know, not actually named after him and not, technically, a “cookie.”)

6 thoughts on “No Rapture, Preacher “Flabbergasted”

  1. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Snick – Yet they are sold by the National Biscuit (which is a cookie in the UK) Company (NaBisCo) and they are clearly in the middle of the cookies at the grocery store.

    Fruit cake is sold elsewhere in the store, and is not held in the same regard as Fig Newtons, generally being described as some sort of blunt instrument rather than a food stuff.

    @Wiz – Well, he previously predicted that 1994 was the year of the rapture. You have to give him credit for bouncing back from that one, given all the attention he got this time around.

    I’m still laughing about “Zombie Apocalypse Tips” being included as a related story. That sounds more like a George Romero version of the rapture.


  2. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    My favorite comment in the thread following that post is:

    “When a biscuit goes stales it softens, when a cake goes stale it hardens. Jaffa cakes harden therefore they must be cakes!”

    As with all wonderfully simple and logical rules it is, of course, wrong. My wife made cookies the other night that started soft out of the oven and were quite hard the next day. Either that or my wife was making chocolate chip cakes.


  3. Strazdas

    The picture they chose wasn’t on purpose. he always look like that. he has a serious drug problem.


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