The leader of Family Radio Worldwide made a very bold statement that the world will end at 6:00pm on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
Camping publically declared that he was utterly absolutely, absolutely convinced it's going to happen. However, nothing has happened so far and the world is still running as it used to be.
Shortly after 6pm, online users around the world were fast to make a mockery of this.
BBC presenter Professor Brian Cox wrote in his Twitter to spread his views. He said I think we should all pretend the #rapture is happening so that when Harold Camping gets left behind later today he'll be livid.
Even The District of Columbia's Department of Transportation publicly mocked Camping on its Twitter account.
Posted by the agency's account was a tweet which said, Sorry, we will no longer be able to fill you potholes after Saturday, referring to the proposed coming apocalypse. Several other offensive tweets followed, which John Lisle, spokesman for the agency, described as our attempt at humor.
Also, the Southern Baptist leader Stetzer issued a series of tweets about Camping's eschatological prediction on Saturday, among which one noted that there was no earthquake in New Zealand after 6 p.m.
Harold Camping, pls update www.family.radio.com w/your repentance statement & instructions to your now-broke followers, Stetzer tweeted.
An hour later he tweeted again, 6pm here in Turkey. I'm standing at the Temple of Athena waiting for the Rapture. Nothing happened. ;-)
Even the many within the California-based radio network did not believe that the first phase of the end of the world begins Saturday.
I don't believe in any of this stuff that's going on, and I plan on being here next week, a receptionist identified as Esther at the group's headquarters in Oakland, Calif., told CNNMoney.
Family Radio has about 350 paid staff working to run 66 radio stations across the nation.
Camping has not commented publically on the failed prediction.