The movie “2012” premieres in a couple of weeks, with a plot based on doomsday predictions and Mayan calendars, and special effects wizards once again destroying the White House and other iconic sites as everything crumbles around us (isn’t it amazing how all those building were back up on their foundations just five years after the same director, Roland Emmerich, laid waste to them in “The Day After Tomorrow”?).

Yesterday on KTRS/St. Louis, I talked with Ben Radford (editor of Skeptical Inquirer and columnist for, who has compiled a list of similar ludicrous end-of-world predictions throughout history, from the Heaven’s Gate cult suicides to a chicken that allegedly laid eggs with the words “Christ Is Coming” on them.

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Radford has more here.