Even the "Rapture" couldn't stand the '80s

Alleged judgment day: Sometime between 9/11/88 and 9/13/88

When the title of your book is 88 Reasons Why The Rapture Will Be In 1988, you really don't leave yourself any room for error. This wasn’t a problem for former NASA engineer and author Edgar C. Whisenant, though.

In his book, Whisenant predicted that the Rapture would happen sometime between September 11th and 13th. His theory was taken quite seriously in some parts of the Christian community, with radio stations warning people and his book selling close to five million copies.

Of course, the Rapture itself missed the memo. Whisenant didn’t give up, though, releasing follow-up books such as The Final Shout: Rapture Report 1989, 23 Reasons Why a Pre-tribulation Rapture Looks Like it Will Occur On Rosh-Hashanah 1993, and And Now The Earth's Destruction By Fire, Nuclear Bomb Fire, which predicted the Rapture would come in 1994. All wrong.

He died in 2001 without the satisfaction of seeing the world come to a fiery end. However, even though Whisenant is dead, he does have a book in the stash for whenever the Rapture does happen, entitled Ha! I Told You It Was Coming, Fuckers!