Posted Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at 5:16 PM
As numerous scientists and governments have assured us, the world will still be here this weekend. But Chinese police apparently want to make that extra clear: State authorities arrested nearly 1,000 members of a Christian doomsday cult after the group persisted in spreading rumors about the coming end of the world on Dec. 21.
Predicting three days of darkness, members of Almighty God urged its members to rise up and overthrow Communism. Followers believe tomorrow will bring earthquakes, tsunamis, and other disasters, and have warned of the second coming of a female Jesus.
Of course, the United States has its share of crazy too—Michigan officials are closing 33 schools for the holidays two days early because of potential "threats of violence against students" tied to end-of-the-world fears.