comet haleâbopp

If you’re too young to remember Heaven’s Gate, they were a cult who believed an advanced species would arrive with the Hale-Bopp Comet to take them to Heaven. That all sounds delightfully nutty, but the sad part is that they committed mass suicide when the comet appeared in 1997 because they believed it was their ticket for the plane – they literally refer to it as their “boarding pass.” We know this because it’s on their website.

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