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Gingersnap
05-13-2011, 06:07 PM
Staten Island man pours life savings into ads proclaiming doomsday on May 21

By ANDY CAMPBELL and BILL SANDERSON

Last Updated: 9:19 AM, May 13, 2011

Posted: 1:50 AM, May 13, 2011
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The end is nigh, insists Robert Fitzpatrick.

And he's put his money where his mouth is. If the world doesn't end on May 21, one week from tomorrow, he'll have wasted more than $140,000 on bus and subway advertising.

The 60-year-old Staten Island resident, a retired MTA employee, says he's spent at least that sum -- his life savings -- on 1,000 subway-car placards, and even more ads on bus kiosks and subway cars. They say: "Global Earthquake: The Greatest Ever! Judgment Day May 21, 2011."

In a self-published book, "The Doomsday Code," Fitzpatrick says the Bible offers "proof that cannot be dismissed." "Judgment Day will surprise people. We will not be ready for it," Fitzpatrick said in an interview with The Post yesterday.

"A giant earthquake will render the earth uninhabitable," he added. If you want to set an alarm clock, the quake will happen just before 6 p.m., he said.

"God's people will be resurrected. It is also the day that God stops saving anyone," he said.

Fitzpatrick hopes he's one of the chosen ones, but he can't be really certain.

"There's just a little doubt," he said. "Most churches teach that if you just believe, you will be saved. It is not our choice. It is God's choice."

Fitzpatrick's book is based on the teachings of Harold Camping, an 89-year-old radio host with a poor track record of end-of-the-world prophecies.

Camping also predicted the world would end on Sept. 6, 1994.

When the sun rose per normal the next day, Camping went back to his Bible and tried to figure out why he was wrong. Camping's group, familyradio.com, is buying billboards nationwide spreading his prophecy.

Many say the whole thing is a colossal scam.

But Fitzpatrick, an engineer who held down a desk job at the MTA for 26 years, says he doesn't want to consider the idea that Camping might be wrong.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/staten_island/the_end_of_the_world_6LZXVJP6VeEJjhI9KqQ9HP#ixzz1M Gy52jPc

NJCardFan
05-13-2011, 08:14 PM
This is so silly. None of the signs are there. The world ain't ending next Saturday. And even if it does, so the hell what. It's not like you can do anything about it.

Phillygirl
05-13-2011, 08:23 PM
This is so silly. None of the signs are there. The world ain't ending next Saturday. And even if it does, so the hell what. It's not like you can do anything about it.

They took his signs down? That's just wrong.

pyackog
05-13-2011, 08:25 PM
They took his signs down? That's just wrong.

LOL!

Gingersnap
05-13-2011, 08:28 PM
This is so silly. None of the signs are there. The world ain't ending next Saturday. And even if it does, so the hell what. It's not like you can do anything about it.

Technically, you could get right with Jesus.

Not if you're really, really Reformed, of course.

Zathras
05-13-2011, 11:15 PM
They took his signs down? That's just wrong.

Maybe they were raptured?

eagleexpress
05-15-2011, 11:19 PM
I just have to laugh when people think they know what God's plans are I wonder if he is up there laughing and pointing at some people

Wei Wu Wei
05-16-2011, 02:53 AM
This is so silly. None of the signs are there. The world ain't ending next Saturday. And even if it does, so the hell what. It's not like you can do anything about it.

It seems a lot of the people who believe in this have given up their obsession with worldy possessions, given up the rat race except for simple survival until the end, not trying to be rich or having luxuries, understanding that the pursuit of material goods is meaningless in the face of certain death and coming to terms with what really matters.

Some of these people say they've stopped worrying so much about their financial lives and began focusing on their family lives, wanting to make the most of their short time on earth rather than chasing money.

It's just really sad that it takes believing something so crazy for some people to realize something so true.