Oct. 21, 2011 KCAC celebrated Harold Camping’s most recent failed Rapture Day prediction. At the heart of Kansas City’s Power & Light District, KCAC proudly hefted signs with messages such as “JUDGMENT DAY: NOT HAPPENING,” “THE END IS FAR,” and “ATHEISTS BELIEVE IN YOU!”
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The next-most-common reaction was similar to that of another woman, sitting in her car at a stoplight, who smiled and waved at us. After reading our “GOD IS UNAVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. CAN I HELP YOU?” sign, she quickly can you buy viagra over the counter withdrew her wave, averted her gaze and crossed herself.
Many people were amused. A lot of pedestrians giggled and smirked at our signs, and we had some fun conversations about whether people were happy that the world did not end that day. A few people snapped pictures of us with their phones. Some even wanted their pictures taken with the signs. One young man liked a sign so much that he insisted on buying it! That young man is now the proud owner of a sturdy 2’x2’ particleboard sign that reads, “I’M TOO OLD FOR AN IMAGINARY FRIEND,” and KCAC is the recipient of an unexpected $25 donation! One gentleman played a bit of a trick on Amanda and Sarah Nessel by pretending to be a religious fundamentalist. After a few minutes spent antagonizing them, he revealed he was a businessman from Seattle, fully supported our message and was pleasantly surprised that Kansas City was not at all what he expected – partly because of us!