Thirteen years ago, I found myself strolling through NYC when I stumbled upon the infamous "Judgment Day" bus. Oh, what a day it was! Let me regale you with the tale of May 21st, 2011, and the grand finale that never quite made it.

Enter Harold Camping, the grand maestro of doomsday theatrics and president of the Family Radio Christian network. With all the gusto of a seasoned director, Camping boldly declared May 21, 2011, as Judgment Day—a date he swore was etched in stone.

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Armed with his trusty Bible and a knack for numerological gymnastics, Camping spun tales of imminent rapture and earth-shattering cataclysms. But when the clock struck 6 p.m. in each time zone, the only thing ascending was the collective eyebrow of humanity.

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 As the dust settled and the world stubbornly refused to implode, Camping scrambled for damage control. Suddenly, May 21st wasn't so much a date as it was a "spiritual" reckoning—a convenient rewrite to save face.

But as the days turned into weeks and weeks into months, it became painfully clear that Camping's prophetic prowess was about as reliable as a soggy fortune cookie. With each passing day, his credibility plummeted faster than a lead balloon, leaving his followers stranded in a sea of disillusionment.

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In the aftermath of his spectacular flop, Camping offered a feeble apology, conceding that maybe, just maybe, predicting doomsday wasn't the best idea. Yet, true to form, he couldn't resist dangling the prospect of future revelations, all while dodging accountability like a pro.

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So, as we raise a glass to commemorate the upcoming 13th anniversary of Camping's epic blunder, let's toast to the enduring resilience of human folly. While the world may not have ended on May 21, 2011, Camping's legacy lives on as a cautionary tale of hubris and hokum. Here's to you, Harold Camping—may your prophetic misfires continue to entertain and enlighten for years to come. Cheers, or should I say, "Happy Almost-Doomsday"!

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