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 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.
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 –
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!