According to the type of conspiracy kooks who think we never landed on the moon and that the 9-11 attacks were staged by the U.S. government the world has only one year to live. December 21st, 2012 is the latest date for the supposed “end of the world” and this type of irrational mania hasn’t been so widespread since the Y2K panic. In the year to come I’ll look at some of the colorful end of the world scenarios that enjoyed a vogue in the past.
In the 1850’s there was a widespread belief that Napoleon III was the Anti-Christ. It was explained that the original Emperor Napoleon had returned in the body of this new French Emperor. This mythology stated that Napoleon III would conquer all of Europe, and as we all know from our modern- day Apocalypse kooks the idea of Europe under one nominal government like in the days of the Roman Empire always goes hand in hand with beliefs that “the end is near”. Remember when the European Union was announced? Or when it was just being discussed way back when? We were assured Armageddon was just around the corner then, too.
And speaking of Armageddon this 1850’s myth predicted that Napoleon III’s antics would result in a global war ushering in The End in the year … 1864. Naturally 1864 came and went like every other Deadline for Doomsday with the world still intact.