Re: Apocalyptic Prophecy is Easy

From: Doug Jones (
Date: Sun Feb 06 2000 - 18:28:44 MST

Zeb Haradon wrote:
> Rick Strongitharm wrote:
> > The safest bet I can imagine, is that every “end of the world”
> > prophet will be wrong. I wonder if there’s any way to make money
> > by betting against them. ;-D<p>
> Yes, you could find people who believe the prophet, and offer to buy their
> homes, cars, or whatever, at unreasonably low prices, with a clause that
> says the ownership of the property does not transfer to you until after said
> date (when the world is supposed to end). If they really believe it, then
> from their view they're just getting free money since they get to keep the
> property anyway until "the end of time".

Hey, a viatical in reverse- I like it. Trouble will be getting the
contract held up in court, since the rapturist will have a strong case for
diminished mental capacity...

Maybe if you (secretly) team up with a doomsaying prophet to set up the
marks- but that would be simple fraud.

Ah, cynicism is so entertaining.

Doug Jones
Rocket Plumber, XCOR Aerospace

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