Conspiracy kooks who believe that we never landed on the moon and that the 9-11 attacks were staged by the U.S. government also believe the world will end this coming December 21st. Balladeer’s Blog has been examining some of the previous end of the world scares that suckered in large numbers of people.
Feb 2nd, 1962 – For the first time in 400 years seven planets were to line up on this date. Astrologers in India believed that this would result in the destruction of the Earth. Millions gathered in constant prayer meetings to calm the anger of the gods.
Sacrifices were also offered up in the hope of averting the cataclysm. Thousands of marigolds were burned, 1 1/2 tons of pure butter was melted down and 250 Hindu holy men working in shifts recited the Hindu liturgy 4,800,000 times.
In Burma, even Prime Minister U Nu got in on the irrational activity, releasing 3 bullocks, 9 goats, 3 pigs, 60 hens, 120 doves, 60 ducks, 120 fish and 218 crabs, all in the cause of preventing the world’s destruction. Indian con artists made a bundle off the gullible masses by selling them special stones that would supposedly protect them from the impending disaster.
Naturally nothing happened, which in the world of irrational religious belief was distorted into a belief that all the prayers and sacrifices had succeeded in saving the world. Millions gave thanks for this “reprieve” from the hour of doom. I guess if they had only released 217 crabs instead of 218 the gods would have said, “Screw ’em! Let the planet be destroyed”, but since they released a full 218, all was well and good.
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