It is always interesting to reflect on the end of another year, but especially when it was considered by many to be the end of all ends. If 2012 did not bring about the end of the world, at least it gave inspiration for a few decent movies and a highly rated TV show, and countless History Channel pseudo-documentaries.
I thought you'd find these websites below fascinating. Here ABC News, Discovery Channel and TIME Magazine look back at several failed doomsday predictions, and I think you'll be surprised at how often they have occurred through history.
These otherwise amusing prophecies become particularly menacing, however, when they are made by leaders of nontraditional religious groups (i.e., "cults'), because such people are rarely content just to sit back and wait for the final curtain, but rather feel compelled to help bring that curtain down (with finality and fatality).
You may recall such was the case with Jim Jones, David Koresh, Shoko Asahara and Marshall Applewhite. Elizabeth Clare Prophet (1939-2009) was also of concern to many given she required her followers to purchase guns as she preached the imminent collapse of civilization. Fortunately for her followers (and perhaps others), she acquired Alzheimers before she could give any command to begin using their weapons.
Now that 12/21/2012 has come and gone, we all patiently wait and wonder as to where and when the next doomsday prophet shall arise. But in the mean time, here are a few amusing lessons from history. (Potential doomsday soothsayers and prognosticators – please take note).
TIME: "Top 10 End-of-the-World Prophecies"
ABC News: "Mayan Calendar and Missed Doomsday Predictions"
Discovery News: "Doomsdays that Never Happened"
For more on this topic: Wikipedia: "End Time"