Harold Camping, the Family Radio evangelist who wrongly predicted doomsday back in May, says the real end of the world is now Oct. 21.


Harold Camping predicted that the world would end last May. It didn’t. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Newser points out that Camping explains his May prediction mistake in another post on his site. May 21 was the “spiritual” End of the World, he says. As for the earthquakes he predicted, they apparently came in the form of “man-quakes,” since mankind shook with fear from the Rapture and the book of Genesis describes man as made from dirt.

Those who weren’t saved on May 21, Camping says, “will be annihilated together with the whole physical world on October 21, 2011.”

But Camping isn’t making any big promises this time.

“I really am beginning to think as I restudied these matters that there’s going to be no big display of any kind,” he said in an audio address after suffering a stroke in June. “The end is going to come very, very quietly.”