Thursday, May 19, 2016
Apocalypse (Not) Now - Earth passes through Halley's Comet tail 1910
Doomsdays come and doomsdays go. On May 19, 1910, Earth passed through the tail of Halley's Comet and was expected to extinguish all life. Weeks before astronomers had discovered cyanogen, a deadly poison in the comet's tail. Prognosticators warned people that cyanogen would permeate the atmosphere and kill every living thing. The good news was you could take a pill, which would protect you against the effects of the poison. They didn't explain how you would protect yourself when the Pacific Ocean emptied into the Atlantic.
People awoke on May 20 and nothing had happened. Oh, well. The world is scheduled to end December 21, 2012. Oh, right.