2006 will go down in history as the year that the End of the World didn't happen, twice.
You'll recall the frenzy leading up to May 25, when Comet 73P was supposed to cause global havoc by splashing into the Atlantic Ocean. Nada.
Now, right there in the Wall Street Journal, professor Bernard Lewis, the President's favorite historian, says Armegeddon will kick off in about 10 days, on August 22.
The Iranian president has promised to give his answer to the U.S. about nuclear development on August 22.
Lewis demystifies the date: "What is the significance of August 22? This year, August 22 corresponds, in the Islamic calendar, to the 27th day of the month of Rajab of the year 1427. This, by tradition, is the night when many Muslims commemorate the night flight of the prophet Muhammad on the winged horse Buraq, first to 'the farthest mosque', usually identified with Jerusalem, and then to heaven and back (cf, Koran XVII.1). This might well be deemed an appropriate date for the apocalyptic ending of Israel and, if necessary, of the world."
It's only August. We have plenty of time for other End of the World scenarios. An Ice Age could hit! The Sun could explode! Jesus could come back! American Idol could be cancelled!
But I'm not cancelling my reservations for New Year's Eve.
Our thanks to Cristo Lumen for the heads-up on this one.
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