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doomsday predictions which didn’t come true


We survived the Mayan prediction that the world would end on 21st December 2012 (well, I think we did!), but did you know that we had also survived these ones?

The Mystical Nativity - Sandro Botticelli

The Mystical Nativity – Sandro Botticelli

The Italian Renaissance painter, Sandro Botticelli, painted The Mystical Nativity which has an inscription at the bottom, in Greek, foretelling the coming of the apocalypse in 1504.

photo credit scientificamerican.com

photo credit: scientificamerican.com

In 1499 Johannes Stoeffler, a German mathematician and astronomer, predicted the alignment of twenty planetary bodies.  Sixteen of these bodies belonged to the Pisces astrology sign and because of that, Stoeffler calculated that there would be a great flood on 20th February 1524.  Hearing this prophecy, German Count Von Iggleheim built a huge ark for his family.  As he and his family boarded the ark there was a rainstorm which caused alarm amongst onlookers and resulted in a deadly stampede.  Rather than there being a huge flood in 1524, it was recorded as one of the driest years in Europe!

This next prediction is more recent –

Large Hadron Colliderphoto credit - foxnews.com

Large Hadron Collider
photo credit: foxnews.com

The Large Hadron Collider is a gigantic scientific instrument near Geneva.  It lies in a circular tunnel 27 metres long and over 100 metres under the ground beneath the borders of Switzerland and France.  It is a particle accelerator which is used by physicists to study the smallest known particles and to advance knowledge of the universe.  As the time approached for it to be ‘switched on’ for the first time, in September 2008, to recreate conditions just after the ‘Big Bang’ there was general concern that it would create a black hole into which we would all disappear.  (Sounds like an episode of Star Trek!)

There was also the one about the dawn of the new millennium, when computers worldwide were going to go haywire and cause mayhem and destruction.  I seem to remember that the 1st of January 2000 was disappointingly normal!


7 thoughts on “doomsday predictions which didn’t come true

  1. I remember the one with the Hadrom Collider.

    I had a New Year’s party at the end of 1999. At around midnight, somebody turned on our oven to bake mini pizzas. Unfortunately, they accidently chose the grill setting which always tripped the switch for the electricity. So at about a minute to midnight, all the lights in my house suddenly went off. One of my friends was convinced it was the millenium bug and we were all going to die.

  2. Hello, I’m back from a wonderful holiday in New Zealand and badly suffering from blog withdrawal. I have been looking back over your posts that I missed. I’m glad we have survived all these predictions of doom and gloom.

  3. Yes, it is hard to believe Y2K was 13 years ago and there was all that fuss. Couldn’t people set a few computers ahead to see what would happen? I am too glad that we survived!

  4. Hi Elaine, I nominated you for a Liebster Award – see http://janellenferrigan.com/ I’m not sure exactly what it means, but I enjoy your blog – cheers:) Hope the link sends some people over to your posts.

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