As many parts of the world stayed up to watch the rare Super Blood Moon Eclipse over the weekend, some doomsday sayers were busy stocking up their bunks for what they thought was a sign from the heavens that the end of the world is near.
Fortunately, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse did not race across the face of the moon towards the Earth. And no, the blood moon did not herald the return of Khal Drogo to rescue his Khaleesi from the khalasar where she was seen in the closing credits of last season's Game of Thrones either, unless George R.R. Martin has something planned.
While the Apocalypse did not happen when the Blood Moon passed, it reminds us though of other times in history that natural phenomena or supposedly mystical prophecies were thought to be great omens of the end of the world.
Here are just some of those events when the earth was supposed to be doomed. But it wasn't.
Supposedly, the Mayan Calendar ended on Dec. 21, 2012. With all the other calculations for eclipses, comets and other astrological phenomena coming out of the ancient civilization's calendar being so accurate, it made many believe that the Mayans ended their calendar on the said date because they knew with divine knowledge that there would be nothing left on the Earth after that day to need their date-keeping devices. Well, the day came and went and here we are three years later, still scratching our heads.
Although Halley's Comet passes through eErth's skies every 76 years, its distance from us back in 1910 was thought to be so close that it would certainly mean the planet's demise. Newspapers at the time printed the headlines, "Comet May Kill All Earth Life" which led many to panic, including an alleged group in Oklahoma called the Select Followers which tried to sacrifice a virgin to appease the gods. Thankfully, the sheriff's department thwarted the would-be sacrifice and Halley's Comet passed by the Earth without incident that year, and again in 1986. Halley's Comet is predicted to make another pass in July 2061.
The grand daddy of all doomsday prophets, Nostradamus, wrote hundreds of Armageddon and end-of-the-world predictions. Although none of them have taken place, many believers to this day say that he accurately predicted other globally devastating events such s 9/11.
The Millenium Bug was a modern-day apocalyptic prediction which had many holding their breath when the clock hit 00:00 on New Year's Day 2000. Many thought that the technologically dependent world will fall into chaos when clocks and other systems using two digits instead of four would break down or reset when the new millenium rolled in. But the ball dropped, the song "It's The End of The World as We Know It" played on the radio, and no computer systems were majorly affected by the so-called Y2K bug.