Thursday, January 18, 2007

It’s 5 Minutes ’Til Doomsday

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The end of the world just got moved up by two minutes.

That’s the bomb that’s just been dropped by the Bulletin Of The Atomic Scientists, which regularly features a clock with the minute set a few minutes before midnight, depending on the risk of nuclear disaster.

The newest edition of The Bulletin has moved the time of doomsday to 11:55 from its previous mark of 11:53 p.m. set in 2002.

Bulletin editors made the time change because of “the perils of 27,000 nuclear weapons, 200 of them ready to launch within minutes; and the destruction of human habitats from climate change.”

The Bulletin has been featuring the clock since 1947 and has changed the time of armageddon 17 times.

The closest it’s ever been to midnight was in 1953, when it was set at 11:58, while the furthest away it was from the end of the world was in 1991, when the clock was set at 11:43 p.m.

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