Disaster averted, thanks to international time zones

Date:September 15, 2006 / year-entry #315
Tags:non-computer
Orig Link:https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/oldnewthing/20060915-18/?p=29713
Comments:    14
Summary:Boy, the world has been really lucky this year. After successfully avoiding a massive tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, the world narrowly escaped global disaster as predicted by Yisrayl Hawkins, leader of the organization The House of Yahweh. What saved us? Well, I'll let Mosheh Sang, leader of the organization in Kenya, explain: According to...

Boy, the world has been really lucky this year. After successfully avoiding a massive tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, the world narrowly escaped global disaster as predicted by Yisrayl Hawkins, leader of the organization The House of Yahweh. What saved us? Well, I'll let Mosheh Sang, leader of the organization in Kenya, explain:

According to Sang, a nuclear war between the US and North Korea only failed to kick off Tuesday as expected due to difference in international time zones.

But they're not giving up yet. According to another leader, Eleazor Kamotho Mugwe:

It can take up to seven years from now for the said nuclear war to take place because the prophecy talks about September 12.

To play it safe, they're going to stay underground for a year. In a sense, then, BoingBoing reader Dave Kriesel got it right. He predicted that the response would be, "Did I Say 9-12-2006? I meant to say 9-12-2007."

Assuming the world hasn't been destroyed by then, we'll try to remember to check back on them next year, see how they're doing.


Comments (14)
  1. Degan says:

    The key text:

    Friday, September 15, 2006

    -3 days remaining before the start of nuclear war

  2. mastmaker says:

    -3 days remaining before the start of the nuclear war? I am glad they got their math right, atleast! They could have defined it an UINT and said 4294967293 remaining before…..

  3. Brian says:

    So what’s going to be different about the "difference in international time zones" in the next seven years?

  4. StewartT says:

    Maybe they meant the 9th of december

  5. Alex S says:

    Try to remember? Put the checking back as a High Priority Action Item on your Outlook Calendar. With a good week of reminder. No excuses. ;)

  6. Ulric says:

    The great thing about mocking people who predict the end of the world is that if it doesn’t happen, it’s funny.  If it does happen, no one will be around to say "I told you so".  It’s a win-win situation.

  7. mastmaker says:

    Win-win situation for whom, Ulric? Are you sympathizing with the doomsdayers (or doomsayers)?

    At every second, somebody or the other in the world keeps saying "oh..its end of the world", so one of them WILL happen to be right at the actual end of the world, eh?

  8. Rich says:

    Now that guy will have serious bragging rights!

  9. Dewi Morgan says:

    So long as they continue to exist, there are good odds that the laughter may continue:

    1) They survived the End of the World: clearly cause for laughter and celebration.

    2) The End of the World is potentially funny. Especially if it ends when a massive interstellar ASCII "</world>" smashes into it.

  10. Ulric says:

    The end of the world is indeed funny, although I’ll have to disagree with Douglas Adams that it would make a great dinner-and-a-show. Unless there are celebrity guests.

  11. BryanK says:

    It’s a win-win situation for people that laugh at people that predict the end of the world.  Because if the laugher was wrong, they’ll never know it.  (Well, probably; it would depend on what happens after the world ends, if anything.)  But if the laugher was right, they get to laugh even more when the world *doesn’t* end.

  12. Dustin Long says:

    Revelations says that no one knows when the end of the world will be. So if someone says that it will be on a certain day, it definately won’t be. Just keep saying the end of world is coming, and we can avert it forever!

  13. Craig Stuntz says:

    Raymond, sorry for the off-topic comment, but all your knitting posts are closed for comments.

    My wife is a knitter and checked out a book from the library which had a chapter that seemed like it might interest someone who likes knitting and computer programming. The book is "Unexpected Knitting," by Debbie New, and the chapter is "Cellular Automaton knitting: Self-generating patterns." Most of the book is pretty mediocre; I found most of the designs ranged between uninteresting and odd. But the CA chapter is not only intriguing from a uniqueness point of view; it also has what I think are the most visually interesting designs in the book.

  14. Aaron Houndsbreath says:

    "Boy, the world has been really lucky this year. After successfully avoiding a massive tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean, the world narrowly escaped global disaster as predicted by Yisrayl Hawkins, leader of the organization The House of Yahweh"

    I thought you weren’t supposed to say Yahweh.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yahweh#Usage_of_YHWH

    Josephus, who as a priest knew the pronunciation of the name, declares that religion forbids him to divulge it; Philo calls it ineffable, and says that it is lawful for those only whose ears and tongues are purified by wisdom to hear and utter it in a holy place (that is, for priests in the Temple); and in another passage, commenting on Lev. xxiv. 55 seq.: "If any one, I do not say should blaspheme against the Lord of men and gods, but should even dare to utter his name unseasonably, let him expect the penalty of death."[17]

    I only learnt about the taboo from the Life Of Brian of course.

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