Breaking News: World ends today at 5, details at 11pm

The annual Ig Noble Awards are handed out every year at the same time the Nobel awards are given.  Unlike the Nobel, which gave awards in science to those who found our universe is expanding, and therefore is mostly made of dark energy, this year the Ig Nobles gave their award to the great prophets (mostly American) who proclaimed the world would end.

This year’s awards went to:

Dorothy Martin of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1954), Pat Robertson of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1982), Elizabeth Clare Prophet of the USA (who predicted the world would end in 1990), Lee Jang Rim of KOREA (who predicted the world would end in 1992), Credonia Mwerinde of UGANDA (who predicted the world would end in 1999), and Harold Camping of the USA (who predicted the world would end on September 6, 1994 and later predicted that the world will end on October 21, 2011), for teaching the world to be careful when making mathematical assumptions and calculations.

The article goes on to mention many others throughout history who predicted the world’s end, a bit prematurely.

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Gerald (Rameumptom) Smith is a student of the gospel. Joining the Church of Jesus Christ when he was 16, he served a mission in Santa Cruz Bolivia (1978=1980). He is married to Ramona, has 3 stepchildren and 7 grandchildren. Retired Air Force (Aim High!). He has been on the Internet since 1986 when only colleges and military were online. Gerald has defended the gospel since the 1980s, and was on the first Latter-Day Saint email lists, including the late Bill Hamblin's Morm-Ant. Gerald has worked with FairMormon, More Good Foundation, LDS.Net and other pro-LDS online groups. He has blogged on the scriptures for over a decade at his site: Joel's Monastery ( He has the following degrees: AAS Computer Management, BS Resource Mgmt, MA Teaching/History. Gerald was the leader for the Tuskegee Alabama group, prior to it becoming a branch. He opened the door for missionary work to African Americans in Montgomery Alabama in the 1980s. He's served in two bishoprics, stake clerk, high council, HP group leader and several other callings over the years. While on his mission, he served as a counselor in a branch Relief Society presidency.

5 thoughts on “Breaking News: World ends today at 5, details at 11pm

  1. I was in Korea on a mission in 1992. If I recall correctly, Lee Jang Rim (이장림) was caught by the police attempting to board an airplane to a different country.

    It was sad for all those who dedicated their lives to a false prophet.

  2. Was there a reason he was hauled off in cuffs? Is it illegal in Korea to be wrong or have particular beliefs about the end times? I feel like I am missing part of the story.

  3. He tried to flee the country. He was found guilty of fraud charges. He bilked his 10,000 followers out of a lot of money, put it into treasury bills that expired beyond the Oct 92 end of world date. Then when the rapture did not occur, he tried skipping the country with the money.

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