Well, at least we knew they’re not true!
In 1806, A domesticated fowl in England called as “Prophet Hen of Leeds” began laying eggs that bore the message “Christ is coming”.It led the locals to believe the end of the world was upon them.
Charles Mackay’s 1841 book, Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, describes it thus:
“Great numbers visited the spot, and examined these wondrous eggs, convinced that the day of judgment was near at hand. Like sailors in a storm, expecting every instant to go to the bottom, the believers suddenly became religious, prayed violently, and flattered themselves that they repented them of their evil courses. But a plain tale soon put them down, and quenched their religion entirely. Some gentlemen, hearing of the matter, went one fine morning, and caught the poor hen in the act of laying one of her miraculous eggs. They soon ascertained beyond doubt that the egg had been inscribed with some corrosive ink, and cruelly forced up again into the bird’s body. At this explanation, those who had prayed, now laughed, and the world wagged as merrily as of yore.”
Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster told his followers “I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world.” As the Christian Science Monitor reports, Robertson has said that God told him about pending disasters on numerous occasions — including a West Coast tsunami in 2006, and a terrorist attack in 2007 — neither of which occurred. “I have a relatively good track record,” he has said. “Sometimes I miss.”
Oct. 28, 1992
Followers of the “Hyoo Go” (Rapture) movement, a collection of Korean “end-times” sects, firmly believed that Jesus was coming in
1992. When the prophesied events failed to pass, much turmoil broke out among the sects, and some followers tried to attack their preachers with knives.
The teachings of Michel de Nostrdame (or Nostradamus) have been translated and re-translated over time, but many of his followers believed that in the seventh month of year 1999, “a great king of terror will come from the sky,” and would thus end the world.
May 21, 2011
Harold Camping, the head of a Christian broadcast group called Family Radio, has been predicting for years that the day would take place on May 21, 2011. Though he had claimed earlier that the world would end in Sept. 1994, that month passed without cataclysmic results. He has since said he’d miscalculated and that the apocalyptical flood would take place in May 2011.
Several scientists and speculators had proposed numerous astronomical alignments hinting at the planet’s demise, based on the view that the calendar of the ancient Mayan civilization ends on Dec. 21, 2012. There is a range of eschatological beliefs that cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012, which is said to be the end-date of a 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mayan long count calendar.
September 27, 2015
Julie Rowe, a Mormon author, predicted that the confluence of a lunar eclipse and a supermoon — which results in a dark red “Blood Moon” — was evidence that doomsday was near. The speculations prompted widespread fear, so much so that the Mormon Church issued a rare statement asking LDS members to remain calm.
October 7, 2015
The church said that members should be “spiritually and physically prepared for life’s ups and downs’’ but that writings of individual church members like Rowe don’t necessarily reflect official Church doctrine.
An online Christian group, the eBible Fellowship, predicted that the world would be “annihilated” by fire on October 7, based on a previous end time claim from May 21, 2011.
“There’s a strong likelihood that this will happen,” McCann told The Guardian. “Which means there’s an unlikely possibility that it will not.”
Read the original source: Huffingtonpost.com