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‘Ghostbusters’ Predicted The World Will End On Valentine’s Day, So Smoke If You Got Em

Not everyone loves Valentine’s Day, that greeting card-inspired paean to love and romance and chocolate and flowers and expensive dinners.

And if you believe the creators of Ghostbusters II, come Sunday, even those slavishly devoted to the “holiday,” won’t be so enamored anymore.

Early on in the 1989 sequel. Bill Murray’s character, Dr. Peter Venkman, is seen hosting what is likely a cable access show titled “World of the Psychic.” Venkman has two guests, one of whom states without hesitation, that her “source” tells her that the world will come to an end on February 14 in the year 2016.

That’s Sunday, obviously. As Venkman says, “Valentine’s Day. Bummer.” We still have a few hours to say our final goodbyes before Armageddon, which should give us a little time to remember that this is hardly the first time popular culture has predicted #endtimes.

Independence Day director Roland Emmerich tried to scare us into believing that the world would come to an end alongside the conclusion on the Mayan calendar in his aptly titled flick 2012. And who could forget the year 2000, when we were scared into thinking the “Y2K” bug would crash all computers everywhere resulting in complete and total nuclear destruction. Those were the days.

Seeing as how these and so many other predictions of our end of days have been wrong, it’s certainly fair to be skeptical of the psychic in a bad ’80s comedy sequel. But that doesn’t mean you should skip the video above for a rundown on plenty of predictions of the apocalypse that have entertained over the years.

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