NEW YORK (MainStreet) —A nonprofit evangelical Christian group predicts that the Rapture – that judgment day when the faithful are beamed up to heaven, leaving the sinners behind in an Earthly hell – will take place on May 21, 2011. While we considered rounding up all the previous supposed Rapture days that have come and gone without incident, we thought it would be more fun to take a look at all of the business ventures that have accompanied those dire predictions.
Read on to find out who’s trying to cash in on the big day of judgment.
By far the most creative Rapture-inspired business endeavor we stumbled upon, will care for any pets left behind on May 21 by their raptured owners.
“For $135 we will guarantee that should the Rapture occur within 10 years of receipt of payment, one pet per residence will be saved,” the company explains on its website. “Each additional pet at your residence will be saved for an additional $20 fee – a small price to pay for your peace of mind and the health and safety of your four legged and feathered friends.”
The site was started by an atheist dog lover who figured he was the perfect person to take care of all the heathen animals left behind. You can actually find the full story of the service and the man who started it in this MainStreet article.
Don’t want your left-behind loved ones to worry about you after you’re gone? You might want to hit up YouveBeenLeftBehind.com. For $14.95 a year, you can arrange to have farewell emails sent to 62 of your friends or family members six days after the Rapture so both the saved and unsaved parties can have a proper goodbye. The service, which was started in 1999 and has already gone through several false alarms, is triggered when three of the site’s five Christian staffers scattered around the U.S. fail to log in over a six-day period. Sounds like a foolproof system to us.