This does not leave much time to compile a bucket list and fulfil all those pie in the sky ambitions you might have had. Of course if, in three weeks, we are to end up AS pie in the sky, it might be worth trying.
Too late, for instance to sell the house and spend the money. It would take more than three weeks painting and decorating and tackling all the maintenance jobs you never get round to doing.
And wouldn't it be annoying if you got everything done in record time and said to the wife: 'The house is in its best shape for years' only for her to say: 'The BBC says a space rock has hit the Caribbean, there's a 100 foot tsunami coming up the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at half past two, acid rain is predicted for the next three weeks and the Pennine Fault is due to fracture off the Richter Scale.'
'I didn't know the Pennines had a fault?'
'Well, they do now.'
A better bet might be to check how much you've got on credit cards and book an instant holiday. You could even pick the Caribbean and get a ringside seat at a beach bar and toast the arrival of the apocalypse with a bottle of Bacardi or three.
Or you might prefer a couple of weeks in Benidorm, swim with dolphins in Florida, or pay for a three week lock-in at your local for an end of the world party.
“The drinks are on me!”
The prediction is linked to the Blood Moon Prophecy. This sounds like a human sacrifice at midnight but is actually a series of four lunar eclipses: the first occurred in April last year and the fourth will happen later this month. During the eclipse the moon appears red. This has been biblically interpreted by religious odd-balls as a sign of the “end times” as predicted in Revelations.
Of course, the likelihood is that the end of the world will not happen. Paul Chodas of space agency Nasa says: “There is no scientific basis, not one shred of evidence, that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact on Earth on those dates.”
Phew. That's a relief.
I'm now considering the legal possibilities. I could still go on a two week holiday in the sun, come back and take over my local pub for the weekend for an "end times" party. If the world doesn't end and everyone has to go to work on the Monday will I have grounds to sue Efrain Rodriguez for the cash outlay on the grounds that he has committed a fraudulent deception?
And if, in his defence, he says I'm just being silly, well, he started it.
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