It was even fodder for Net commerce. Today Match.com is running a promoted tweet (i.e., an ad) playing off the event: "Still here after the Rapture? Maybe it's time to sign up for Match.com after all."
This kind of thing makes it appear as if the Internet is one big playground where the mean kids can gang up on the weak and defenseless. On the other hand, the Judgment Dayers brought this upon themselves by being so damned sanctimonious about it.
(Yes, I know "damned sanctimonious" is an oxymoron. Did I not mention I was already bound for Hades?)
If the Family Radio faithful had reacted in a lighthearted way to their critics ("we're going to heaven and you're not, we hope you've got some 50,000 SPF sunblock"), the mass ridicule would not have been nearly so fun to perpetuate. People who make themselves easy targets should expect to spend some time picking spitballs out of their hair and pulling "kick me" signs off their backs. I'm just sayin'.
Not to worry, though. I'm sure they'll regroup and start preparing for the next Armageddon, whenever that may be -- because one thing we know for sure is that one day the sun will explode and obliterate everything in the neighborhood.
Doomsday is coming. We just don't know when. But if I get any inside intel on that score you'll be the first to know.
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This article, "Wrapping up the rapture," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Follow the crazy twists and turns of the tech industry with Robert X. Cringeley's Notes from the Field blog, and subscribe to Cringely's Notes from the Underground newsletter.