Stephen Hawking


The Fringe NYC Encore Series is presenting the play Hillary Agonistes by Nick Salamone beginning tonight at 9:30 pm at the Bleecker Street Theater. The play posits the following future:

“Part Greek tragedy, part blackest comedy, Hillary Agonistes tells the cautionary tale of Hillary Clinton, newly elected President of the United States,” detail press notes. “One bright spring day 65 million people disappear – First Husband Bill among them. Is it the rapture? Pat Robertson, Stephen Hawking, a Papal emissary, the Antichrist and a Muslim convert named Chelsea offer their opinions as Hillary agonizes and attempts to avert Armageddon.”

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ABC’s Last Days on Earth, which aired last night as a special edition of 20/20, galloped through seven scenarios for the end of the world, aided by Al Gore and a gaggle of prominent scientists (including the ebullient American Museum of Natural History astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson), and punctuated with earnest vox poppery and some rather stilted, angular commentary from Stephen Hawking.

And according to ABC, the nominees for the most likely end-of-world scenario are:

  1. A gamma ray burst or black hole;
  2. Artificial Intelligence on the loose;
  3. A supervolcano;
  4. The Earth getting hit by an asteroid;
  5. Nuclear annihilation;
  6. A natural or bioterrorist pandemic; and
  7. Global warming, also known as that thing Al Gore’s always talking about.

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During interludes in the discussion, average folks talked about what they would do with the rest of their lives if they knew the exact time and date of the end of the world.

Feel free to submit your own ideas in the comment section of this post.

Yes, friends, the revolution will be televised after all. Elizabeth Vargas will host an ABC news special, Last Days on Earth, on August 30. If the world is by chance destroyed on August 22, however, ABC will instead be airing re-runs of Desperate Housewives in that August 30 time-slot. On the ABC website:

Watch “Last Days on Earth,” a special 2-hour edition of “20/20,” Wednesday, Aug. 30, at 9 p.m.

For thousands of years, different religions have warned Earth about Armageddon and the final days.

We are now living in an age where scientists are adding their voices and their evidence in support of end-of-the-world possibilities.

“Last Days on Earth” is a program that could change the way you see your world and yourself.

The world’s top scientists, including Stephen Hawking, considered the foremost living theoretical physicist, describe seven riveting scenarios detailing the deadliest threats to humanity.

Update:  See What Would You Do With Your ‘Last Days’?

Stephen Hawking charmed a group of Chinese students on Wednesday, telling them he liked Chinese culture and women while warning that global warming might turn the Earth into a fiery planet.

Before an audience of 500 at a seminar in Beijing, the wheelchair-bound celebrity cosmologist said, "I like Chinese culture, Chinese food and above all Chinese women. They are beautiful."

Asked about the environment, Hawking, who suffers from a degenerative disease and speaks through a computerized voice synthesizer, said he was "very worried about global warming." He said he was afraid that Earth "might end up like Venus, at 250 degrees centigrade and raining sulfuric acid."

Ask me if there is anything about this that doesn't give me the creeps.  But we are so jaded.  If Nostradamus had spoken with a computerized voice synthesizer and predicted sulfuric acid rain, they probably would have tried to make him Holy Roman Emperor or something.