So... here's an interesting employment ad, copied directly off of Craigslist:

los angeles craigslist  > central LA >  writing jobs

Writer / End Of The World.
 Reply to: job-508818312@craigslist.org
 Date: 2007-12-13, 10:18PM PST

 I am making a small book and needs fact in regard to End of the world. If you believe that now is the end of the world and you have solid fact I will buy the info from you for $5.00 each fact, For example you can say: According to ABCD- EFG this is the end of the world. I need a total of 200 solid believable facts it equals $1000. I will buy as little as 1 fact for $5.00 All payments are done by paypal.com please do-not email any facts until you have talked to me and you get a confirmation. You can call or email for us to call you back.
http://karimmovies.com/
 23852 pch #720
 malibu,ca.90265
 310-488-0403
http://imdb.com/company/co0174530/

This raises a number of troubling questions.  For example:
  • What are you going to do with your $1000, given that the end of the world is nigh?
  • Is $5 really the going rate for hard facts about the end of the world, or are they being cheap?
Now, the whole thing may seem a bit flaky, but a bit of research into the employer, a Hollywood film production company, shows that it is in fact fully legit.  Take their 2006 production, Iron Man, for example:

The Iron Man (2006) tells a story of a man, Tony, who is dissatisfied with the stifling rituals of the ordinary life and decides to take a drastic turn from routine into adventure... In order to do so, he invents two golden balls a.k.a. a penis enlarger to upstart his new life. However, when the golden balls donít immediately deliver the riches, Tony starts to waver in his decision when an unsuspecting stranger gives him advice that will soon help Tony explode the penis enlarging balls onto other balls and their masculine deprived counterparts and catapult Tony to the zenith of his success.

There is a lot more, involving the Dalai Lama and Rocky, but I don't want to give away the ending.  Suffice it to say that if the quality of writing continues to meet this high standard, that I, for one, will be buying their little book about the end of the world, once it gets published.