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March 8, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Impaired Vision.

Oh, say it isn’t so Chris, Louis, and Cotton.

Please, a temporary fevered brain, not a total torpedo to credibility.

A virus causing your brain sneeze, a flea-bitten rat’s plague upon you, or a roach-borne bacteria body invasion.

Oblivion. That’s the deal. The world coming to an end.

Surprisingly trite, but what’s that about anyway? A power play. Arrogance selfie. Delusion. The fun of frightening the children.

reclining woman. Theda Bara in Salome, 1918/USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Yeah, I can tell the future for ya’. My dry cleaning bill is going to be exorbitant. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

It would be reasonable to expect a various bunch of religious types predicting The End of our sentences. (Besides Jim Morrison and Rasputin), but it’s surprising who else is on the list of enlightened ones.

  • Traveler, writer, and historian, Sextus Julius Africanus, revised his first prediction from the year 500 to 800. (Based on the dimensions of Noah’s ark – Don’t laugh. Multiple people used that to calculate)
  • Thiota declared the end would happened in 847, (Later he confessed it was all a fake and was publicly flogged)
  • Italian mystic Joachim of Fiore announced sometime between 1200 and 1260, was The End. As dates passed, followers rescheduled to 1290 and then again to 1335. One of them didn’t give up and proclaimed it was really 1378. (Rinse and repeat. If you say it long enough and frequently enough…)
  • A French alchemist, Jean de Roquetaillade was looking at ending dates between 1368-70. (Easier to create doomsday predictions than the elusive processes of making gold, it seems.)
  • The painter, Botticelli, believed he, and the rest of the world, would be out of business in 1504. His painting The Mystical Nativity is the only one he signed, featuring a crypt statement at the top, and the iconography that is unusual. (Savonarola must have had him on a roll…better on a roll than a roast at the stake.)
  • For Feb.1,1524, London astrologers predicted a London flood that would swap the entire world and would begin The End. So twenty thousand Londoners feds their homes for higher ground. The astrologers later recalculated the date to 100 years later after that first rain didn’t fall. (Did anyone get refunds? Hope all their earthly goods weren’t given away or house doors left unlocked…)
  • Physician Helisaeus Roeslin told people to beware in 1654 (“And please pay your bill at time of services…”)
  • Christopher Columbus gave two predictions: 1656 and 1658. (So maybe people are right to be skeptical about him….)
Expressive couple. (1919. publicity still/ Exhibitors Mutual/Robertson-Cole/USPD.pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Darling. Just ignore the voices. Company business forecasts do not count as predictions.” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

  • Mathematician Michael Stifel calculated that Judgement Day would begin at 8:00 am on Oct 19, 1533. (Math is such an exact, logical field that is devoid of emotion.)
  • Sailor Richard Brothers convinced people The End would come between 1793 and 1795. He was later committed to an insane asylum. (Long periods of isolation at sea can cause one to see things.)
  • Did Native American Wovoka, founder of the Ghost Dance movement, have more insight about 1890?
  • Pyramidologist Charles Piazzi researched the Great Pyramid of Giza and concluded the dimensions indicated sometime between 1892-1911, it would be over. (He got right to the point there.)
  • In 1910, Camille Flammarion swore Halley’s Comet “would impregnate that atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet”, but not the planet itself. Not missing an opportunity, “Comet pills” were sold to the public as protection against toxic gases. (Won’t hurt to bank some money just in case it doesn’t happen?)
  • April, 1990, Elizabeth Clare was the beginning of a nuclear war, with the world ending 12 years later. Followers stockpiled shelters with supplies and weapons. Later, Clare was diagnosed with epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. (Maybe the stockpiles were like Halloween candy – only buy what you like just in case there are leftovers.. Who could be unhappy with leftovers days?)
  • Astrophysicist John Gribbin’s 1974 book predicted that “combined gravitational forces of aligned planets would create a number of catastrophes, including a great earthquake on the  San Andreas Fault” on March 10, 1982. (The fault of our stars and directors)
  • Linguist Charles Berlitz was sure that in 1999 the world would end probably caused by might nuclear devastation, asteroid impact, pole shift or other Earth changes. (So were all those struggles to become bilingual worth it?)

And that’s not even getting into the cults, multiple Popes (but which calendar were they referring to?), the Mayan calendar, asteroid, Nibiru, or a boast of others whose predictions drift way into the future. (Read more here)

According to According to Egyptian-American biochemist Rashad Khalifa‘s numerological analysis of the Quran, the world will end during 2280.

The heat death of the universe appears to be done the road a bit past that, though.

Crowd drinking in Swiss Alpine Inn. (1919. Metro Pictures/USPD.pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

“Eat. Drink. And be merry! It’ll either be over tomorrow or we’ll tell our leader we’re getting out of these outfits.” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

So what first appeared to be bonkers, laughable doomsday comments by an elected representative turns out to be quite, if not quietly, in a long line of ….uh, something, something…..(Hopefully flogging, asylums, and dying of embarrassment are passé.)

Time will tell.

The End of Normal has actually come.

Time to welcome Daylight Savings Time and Spring Break.

With luck Spring will take the clue and dance in with desperately needed, mood lifting Spring Fever – which we can blame all the ditzy on.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Strange woman with long hair. (Theda Bara, 1915 vampire pose/Fox Film/Underwood photo/USPD. pub.date, artist life/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Actress Theda Bara, as a 1915 vampire, demonstrates the results of lack of sleep and too much sunlight…how we shall all. feel next week.(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

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  1. easyweimaraner / Mar 8 2019 6:47 am

    it probably will happen here if we carry on the same way…according to Baba Vanga this will be not our year… even if we save the day light (sort of)

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2019 6:56 am

      A little more “walk gently and be a temporary caretaker of this earth” would be advisable..l.the trick, I fear, is the that the ones who care are already doing so much – while other places are rushing to industrialize and modernize – and care nothing for the damage along the way (or their humans)
      All anyone can do is do what one can…and live with the the actions the mouth mouths – rather than just lecturing others on how to do so while hypocritically living exactly the opposite. Sigh.
      Wonder if any dinosaurs stood up to the others? HAHA Thanks for racing around this field of words (and it’s raining agin here…Molly is grumpy, so weak paw wave)

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  2. shoreacres / Mar 8 2019 6:55 am

    So funny, and so true. Anyone who’s tuned into AM radio’s George Noory or, even better, “Ground Zero” with Clyde Lewis, can count on being kept up to date on the latest soon-to-be-in-your-neighborhood apocalypse. (Yes, I do listen from time to time. The effect can be the same as listening to congressional debates, so I tune out pretty quickly, but it’s a good substitute for The Twilight Zone.

    I think the world’s going to continue for a while, though. The swallows are back, and the water in my corner of the marina’s covered with pollen. Everything looks pretty normal and headed-toward-spring, whatever the doomsayers’ opinions. In a bit of rebellion against the system, I have already set all my clocks forward. Eventually, my computer will catch up.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2019 8:10 am

      What a crowd. (You started it HAHA) Anyone who isn’t listening/reading 360 degrees of what is out there isn’t getting the all story (or having any fun). Botticelli surprised me – seen that painting but never realized the connections/symboliasm (He apparently also illustrated pamphlets for Savonarola) I blame the art survey instructor racing through the ages and artists far too fast HAHA.
      Gads, the pollen today – storms are a help there (but we could really do without El niño strengthening- tornado season may be a busy one). RC, a strong advocate of Sun Time, has had me up all week, too. I fear Molly will be even more annoyed after the rain leaves and the heat/humidity take hold. Morning walks haven’t been too back – and the birds and squirrels all out to show off. Looks like our little cardinal couple has returned and is evaluating home locations. Now if we could only get a little break in the rain to enjoy it more!
      Thanks for lining up a comment

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Mar 8 2019 8:06 am

    As a little kid I was traumatized with end of the world predictions from the nuns at my school which didn’t come true. It was the time of hide under your desk in case of a nuclear attack (like that would work!). Consequently, I don’t get involved. I don’t even raise my eyebrows anymore. When it comes, it comes.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2019 8:17 am

      Duck and cover drills! At some point you have to shrug. Live, be nice, don’t leave regrets on the table.
      The tales of Nuns and education. Whew. Not a big presence here, but they were around.
      Seems to me it would be better/ more healthy to not share so much with kids these days – give them a childhood and let kids do what kids need to do while adults manage their own business. (and turn the TV/social media/devices off as needed…I know…inconvenient for adults…)
      Thanks for spinning a world comment this way

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  4. Ally Bean / Mar 8 2019 9:30 am

    Your list of the predicted end of the world dates is a wonderful compilation of craziness. From many different disciplines, which for some reason makes me chuckle.

    I won’t be laughing on Sunday morning. Whenever I wake up one hour short, I tend to snarl. But that’s a whole different prediction. 🤨

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2019 1:32 pm

      I stumbled across that list and laughed for days over it. Certainly not whom I expected there. – what a bunch – with so many stories they have to tell.
      While not the end of the world, Sunday morning will feel like it for many. (RC Cat however, being the considerate dictator, uh, regent that she is, has been getting staff shifted across early as she observes the sensible Sun Time. (I must close those blinds tighter….) Probably smart the schools here start Spring Break Monday…guess they had enough of cranky kids and yawning teachers scheduling films for their classes?
      Thanks for cruising this line of giggles

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  5. sustainabilitea / Mar 8 2019 12:54 pm

    I’m always confident that when there’s a predication about the end of the world, that it won’t be that day/hour. 🙂 I could do without daylight savings time, but I’ve lived with it this long and if we move to Arizona next year, we won’t have to have it at all. Today it’s warmed up some here, but my weather app says the air quality is bad for anyone who’s sensitive to such things. Sigh. But as I’ve been working inside on taxes, it doesn’t matter. 🙂

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2019 1:40 pm

      You always feel sorry for those who follow mystic leaders who are so sincere the tomorrow is the date, then it isn’t. The smart ones may come to their senses and walk away – don’t drink the kool-aid!!! You can always reschedule…as shown…
      Hopefully this stay will join Arizona in being sensible about DST. The electricity costs that are saved by having more natural light late is bound to be about the same as the increased cost of lights so early in the dark mornings. I hate to see the little kids staggering to the bus stop in the dark. So against natural biorhythms – can’t possibly be good for young brains and learning.
      Air quality here is probably choking on all the pollen – at least the rain storms are getting it down. Everything feels dusty. But we’ve got a break in the clouds and sun – outside quick!
      Thanks for taking a break to see what’s going on here

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  6. D. Wallace Peach / Mar 8 2019 2:09 pm

    Wow. Apparently humans are obsessed with the end of the world. Honestly, I don’t think we’re going to make it to 2280. Lol

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  7. The Hook / Mar 9 2019 8:49 am

    I don’t consider myself enlightened but I’m not worried about the world’s imminent destruction.
    The world won’t end until the day after I finally succeed as a writer.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2019 10:10 am

      That would be a real “Stop the presses!”
      (Thanks for dragging your feet/fingers on the keyboard with that possibility)
      Thanks for joining as the world turns…

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  8. Curt Mekemson / Mar 9 2019 1:42 pm

    My, Phil, it did take you a while to get to the end of Daylight Savings Time and the approach of Spring Break. My guess is that quite a few college students might be hoping for the end of time after a night of too much partying during Spring Break. Beyond that, have a great tomorrow! –Curt

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2019 5:02 pm

      While DST may seem like The End, I image the sun will rise and set as it pleases – while people make things difficult for themselves (as usual) HAHA
      Up and at ’em – enjoy the way!
      Thanks for setting a comment down here

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  9. colonialist / Mar 10 2019 3:30 pm

    I can add my little bit? THE END IS NIGH!
    Nigh what, you say? Good question. It is nigh the day before the end.

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  10. LordBeariOfBow / Mar 11 2019 11:21 pm

    Flogging was too good for Thiota should have burnt him as a steak or at the;

    I think I’ll stick with Rashad Khalifa, I like his time line better, me and all mine will be long gone and forgotten in 2280.

    So happy for you having Daylight Saving Time to enjoy once again. Nothing like a little extra sunshine to put a big smile on the dial.

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