January 29, 1594

On January 29, 1594, Mathematician John Napier dedicated his “Plaine Discovery of the Whole Revelation of St. John” to King James VI and predicted the end of the world in 1688 or 1700. He wasn’t exactly sure as he had a floating decimal that was causing some confusion. Also on this exact date, Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Raven” was first published in 1845 and it wasn’t even mentioned as a footnote in Napier’s research into John of Patmos’s book, Revelations. Missing that important piece of information surely threw off Napier’s calculations by at least 500 years. So, the end of the world is going to happen on January 28, 2188 or 2200. Not exactly sure as that floating decimal is still causing some confusion.

If I was going to predict the end of the world, I would choose a date much further in the future, like 5188 CE. That way, I wouldn't be around to be embarrassed by being wrong. Share this post to avoid that pesky floating decimal error.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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