There was a strange atmosphere in New York City yesterday, fostered in no small part by the prediction that the end of the world was set to begin. DJs hosted end of the world dance parties. Bars offered judgment day drink specials: "Last call?!" Christian choirs assembled for impromptu performances in subway stations. And zombies roamed Times Square:
Shortly after these zombies staggered by at 6pm, a large gaggle of locals, tourists and reporters swarmed around Robert Fitzpatrick, the Staten Island man who said he had "independently confirmed" the end times prophecy of Harold Camping, and had spent his life savings to spread the word to all those who had ears to hear and eyes to see.
Fitzpatrick expressed surprise and confusion that the world had no ceased to exist, and answered questions from anyone who was willing to ask. There was no lack of hecklers in the crowd. One sarcastically demanded to know: "Why are we still here?" Another pointed out the inaccuracy of the prediction: "Your calculations are all wrong man!" And yet another lamented that we all have to go to work on Monday now, to boos and hisses from the crowd. Here's a pic of Fitzpatrick (bottom right) surrounded by reporters and onlookers as the Times Square news ticker above asks whether this really is the end of the world: