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The same kind of 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 on December 21st of this year. In their honor Balladeer’s Blog has been examining some of the previous end of the world scares in history.

German astrologer Johannes Stoeffler predicted that according to his calculations the world would end by a giant flood on February 20th, 1524. Since Stoeffler worked for the prestigious Tubingen University he seemed to be a credible source, and before you knew it, hundreds of believers built themselves wooden arks (yes, wooden arks no less) and launched them in the Rhine River.

By sheer coincidence, on February 20th a huge thunderstorm rocked Germany, prompting a panic among the doubters now. Hundreds of them drowned frantically trying to reach the arks that the true believers were comfortably floating around in (and presumably saying things like “Who’s the jackass now?” to the people desperate to climb aboard). The storm was intense, but far too short-lived to flood the Earth, or even Germany for that matter, so yet another group of end of the world chumps were left looking foolish.

Four years later, Stoeffler predicted another world-ending flood, but believe it or not, nobody took him seriously this time. The Germans could have taught the Millerites a thing or two about skepticism  regarding apocalyptic nutjobs.  

FOR MORE END OF THE WORLD MYTHS CLICK HERE: https://glitternight.com/category/end-of-the-world-myths/   



Filed under End of the World Myths


  1. there are kooks everywhere – and there will always be idiots who believe them sadly

  2. Woman

    Tee hee hee!!!! Now I’ve the Irish Rovers song stuck in my head.

  3. People are so stupid lol “wooden arks no less”

  4. As I noticed in the past , too many weird stories about the world’s ending.

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