89-year-old California pastor Harold Camping, the founder of Family Radio Worldwide, claims that the rapture is coming Saturday, May 21, 2011 and that the world will officially end Oct. 21, 2011. Camping’s basing this on a complex ("made up") mathematical formula that even Will Hunting couldn’t solve. (Yes, I realize Hunting is a fictional character, but at this point, I’m not convinced Camping is real either.)
For some reason, perhaps a slow news cycle, respected media outlets are giving Camping’s prediction ample ink. I thought it was only appropriate to weigh in with a few helpful hints to make it through the weekend.
We’ll find out by the end of the day if Camping’s math adds up. And just in case he’s right, here are five Judgment Day necessities that you should pick up to prepare for the big day.
2. Water - Another no-brainer. Hydration is a staple of any good rapture gameplan.
3. Music and Books – The album The Listening by the Canadian pop artist Lights is required rapture listening, especially because it will bring so many spacey, synth sounds to your ears. As for books, the selections abound at and .
4. Sweatpants – If the world’s going down, might as well get comfortable. Marshall's on Verdugo Rd. will probably have some great prices on sweat pants.
5. Shake Weight - The world may be ending but that doesn't mean you need to stop caring about your health. With the Shake Weight, you can get strong and sculpted arms that will be the talk of the post-apocalyptic dating scene.
Alright, you’re all set. No go out there and give ‘em he--! Er…. or something.