Self-reinforcing delusional and Family Radio babblespout Harold Camping has predicted the “rapture” for tomorrow. (He predicted it for June of ’94, but…never mind.) A – God help us – “radio evangelist” (I’m going to run out of quotation marks and parentheses before this is done, I can tell), he has junked up the American cityscape with billboards to this effect. (And seriously, dude, hire a graphic designer.) In fact, my friend’s cousin was hired to put them up in Eugene, Oregon, inspiring a dual epidemic of eye-rolling and hand-wringing.
The Web has responded to this with its typical enthusiasm, combining the snackbar wisdom of the hipster with the maudlin goop of the true believer.