End of the world is very nigh indeed... - 2011-05-21
Not everyone gets the joke, though. A couple of hours north Monterey, in a large house not far from Oakland airport, a famous evangelical preacher called Harold Camping will be spending this evening surrounded by close family members, praying, reading from the Bible, and keeping an eye fixed on CNN.
When the clock strikes 6pm, Mr Camping believes that a large earthquake will indicate the Second Coming of the Lord. Roughly 2 per cent of the world's population will be immediately "raptured" to Heaven, he predicts. The rest of us will endure a few months of fire and brimstone here on Earth, before being sent to the fiery pits of Hell.