Sunday, 22 May 2011

A Twitter-Tale of Rapture Survival

At 6pm on May 21st 2011 the Rapture was scheduled to begin, according to religious leader Harold Camping. Of course, this didn't happen. But since New Zealand was supposed to be the first country to experience the Rapture, I figured it would be a great chance to start a War of the Worlds-style fictional documentary of the Rapture, posted through Twitter and using the hashtag #FirstRapture

If you missed it, here's the entire tale below. Enjoy!

@crhindmarsh: 5pm NZ time. NZ is one of the earliest countries to see the rapture so I'll be documenting live on Twitter using the hashtag #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 5:10pm NZST: 50 minutes until the rapture in NZ. Pretty quiet so far. I'm anticipating a night of watching horror movies. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 5:30pm NZT: 30min til Rapture. If I get rapturized, I'll try to log onto Twitter in Heaven and let you know what it's like :P #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 5:50pm NZST: 10min to Rapture. Got the phone numbers of my religious friends to check for rapturization and some horror movies #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 5:55pm NZST: 5min to Rapture. Should have got popcorn. Think I'll just crack open a beer instead #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 6:01pm NZST. Sadly I have not been rapturized. No signs of doom. What a bust. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 6:05pm NZST Got in touch with 5 of my 7 most religious friends. Most likely the other 2 are in the bathroom, not Heaven. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 6:11pm NZST Huh, power went out. 3G is still working so I'm on Twitter with my phone. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 6:19pm NZST Just had a huge flash in the sky, like sheet lighting out of nowhere. Refusing to jump to conclusions. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 6:31pm NZST Power's still out. Someone just smashed a window at the end of my street. Going to check it out. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 6:39pm NZST The smashed window was someone looting the local liquor store. Tried calling the cops but phone's not working #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 6:50pm NZST Just remembered I have a crank radio. Lots of static on the air, but could have sworn I heard "emergency" #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7pm NZST: I can hear more looting. Can't get in touch with my gf so going to ride my motorbike to her place. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:06pm NZST Motorbike won't start. Going on foot to my girlfriend's house. Taking my first aid kit just in case #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:11pm NZST So dark outside. All the streetlights are out and there's no stars. Going to talk to a couple of people up ahead #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:15pm NZST No cars on the road. It's spooky. A few scattered people like me around trying to find friends and family #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:21pm NZST Fell in with a couple of people trying to find their friends. They say their other friend just vanished #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:28pm NZST There's smoke on the horizon. Nearly at my girlfriend's house. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:41pm NZST Fuck got attacked by pack of things, dont even know what they were. They got Robert and Jean, people I was with. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:44pm NZST Hiding in someone's backyard. I can hear those things walking past. I've got Robert's blood on me. So scared #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 7:50pm NZST Don't know why I'm still documenting this but people need to know. Coast is clear now. Going to run for it #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 8pm NZST They didn't see me get away. Realised I forgot my asthma inhalor. At my girlfriend's house now, but it looks dark #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 8:06pm NZST Searched my gf's place but no one home. Just piles of clothes and shoes on the ground. Crap, those freaks are back #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 8:10pm Got a photo of one of the things that got Robert and Jean. Don't know what the fuck it is. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 8:14pm NZST The things must've seen me go into the house. Beat one of their heads in with a crowbar I found. Blood all over me #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 8:26 NZST So scared. There are screams coming from all round the city. I need to keep moving. Going to the mall for supplies #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 8:30 NZST There are swarms of insects flying around. Found an abandoned car full of blood. I can hear growling again. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: Don't know what time it is. Got attacked again and one of those things bit me. Trying to find a place to hide #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: 8:52pm NZST Have to be silent. Broke into a house to hide. Bite mark on my leg hurts like hell #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: They found me again. I think they can smell the blood. Locked myself in a closet but they're banging on the door and growling. #FirstRapture

@crhindmarsh: This will be my last post. Phone's nearly dead and those things are nearly inside. God help me. They're here. #FirstRapture #TheEnd

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  1. I wish I had followed this via twitter..although, I must admit, it would have scared the living daylights out of me...well done!

  2. Nothing like blogging to keep you sane ;)

  3. WOW. I completely forgot it was the Rapture until after it was over. This was cool, wish I'd seen it at the time. :)