When the world didn’t end last Saturday, I got curious. What could have possibly gone wrong? So, I did a little research. Here’s what I found.
The 2011 end times prediction is attributed to Christian radio host Harold Camping. According to Camping, Rapture and Judgment Day were to have taken place on May 21, 2011, with the end of the world occurring five months later. He previously predicted that the same would take place in 1994, and blamed its failure on a mathematical error.
How did Camping arrive at his 2011 prediction? He offers two different mathematical explanations (c/o Wikipedia’s 2011 end times prediction page).
Camping dates the Great Flood to 4990 BC. Taking the prediction in Genesis 7:4 (“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth”) to be a prediction of the end of the world, and combining it with 2 Peter 3:8 (“With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”), Camping concludes that the end of the world will occur in 2011, 7000 years from 4990 BC. Camping takes the 17th day of the second month mentioned in Genesis 7:11 to be May 21.
- According to Camping, the number 5 equals “atonement”, the number 10 equals “completeness”, and the number 17 equals “heaven”.
- Jesus is said to have hanged on the cross on April 1, 33 AD. There are 1,978 years between April 1, 33 AD and April 1, 2011.
- 1,978 multiplied by 365.2422 days (the number of days in a solar year) equals 722,449.
- There are 51 days between April 1 and May 21.
- 51 plus 722,449 equals 722,500.
- (5 × 10 × 17)2 or (atonement × completeness × heaven)2 also equals 722,500.
It’s hard to believe that such a certain prediction failed.
For his part, Camping now says that May 21 was a “spiritual” Judgment Day. The Rapture and the destruction of the world will instead both happen on October 21, 2011, a Friday that will coincide with WIRTW #199. If you subtract 178 (this week’s edition) from 199, you get 21, the date Camping predicts. Wow, this end of world stuff is easy.
Here’s the rest of what I read this week:
- Court dismisses the age bias claims of a pistol-packin’ old cripple – from Eric Meyer’s The Employer Handbook Blog
- 9 signs that you’ll lose your age discrimination case – from Employment and Labor Insider
- “Ex-Colts cheerleader sues team over nude body-paint photos” – from Walter Olson’s Overlawyered
- Another EEOC Lawsuit Is Rejected – from Workplace Class Action Litigation
- Study: Whites say they are racism victims – from CBS News
- Racial and national-origin discrimination: Why it’s gotten REALLY tricky – from HR Cafe
- Is the LSAT Discriminatory? – from NY/CT Litigation Blog
- Important ADA Case on Working as a Major Life Activity, Regarded As, and Retaliation – from Workplace Prof Blog
- Perceived Disability: EEOC Wins Relief for Employee With Missing Fingers – from Joe’s HR and Benefits Blog
- Safe Harbors Emerge for Employers Under New GINA Regulations – from Labor & Employment Law Perspectives
Social Media & Workplace Technology
- George Orwell and Social Media – from Rob Radcliff’s Smooth Transitions
- Can An Employer Sue an Employee for On-Duty Facebook Use? – from Molly DiBianca’s Delaware Employment Law Blog
- Social Media: What Most Companies Don’t Know – from Harvard Business Review
- Over 24 Pending Lawsuits Involve Facebook Firings – from All Facebook
- Nobody Wants to be Made an Example of - Crafting Employer Policies to Avoid Liability for Social Media Use – from Digital Workplace Blog
Wage & Hour
- In Titillating Case, Court Compels Strip Club Dancers to Engage Individually ... in Arbitration – from Daniel Schwartz’s Connecticut Employment Law Blog
- The end of wage / hour class actions? – from Connecticut Employee Rights Blog
- Washington Redskins Cheerleaders: All work, (almost) no pay – from TBD
- Employee’s FMLA Claim Dismissed After Taking a Trip to Cancun – from FMLA Insights
- NLRB Admits Boeing Complaint Applies To Every Business & State – from Townhall Conservative
- The NLRB takes its Internet battle to a non-unionized workplace – from Employment Law Matters
HR and Employee Relations
- Sex in the Workplace – from the Evil HR Lady, writing at BNET
- Arizona Immigration Law Valid According to Divided Supreme Court – from Michael Fox’s Jottings By An Employer’s Lawyer
- 3 Myths About Employing Individuals with Criminal Histories – from Stephanie Thomas’s The Proactive Employer Blog
- The New York Times Realizes That Sitting At Work Makes Us Fatter – from Workplace Diva
- Write a Better Job Description – from Attorney at Work
Until next week: