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Feds Chime In to Debunk 2012 Doomsday Rumors
If you’re hoping to get out of paying your 2012 taxes thanks to the pending end of the world, think again. The U.S. government this week added its voice to earlier admonitions from NASA cautioning against taking a rash of 2012 doomsday rumors seriously.
“The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012,” stated a blog post posted Monday on USA.gov.
Who knew that “in Order to debunk a Zombie Apocalypse” was nestled between the lines of the Constitution’s preamble?
In all seriousness, the government’s decision to weigh in on what seems at first blush to be a marginal matter points towards the 2012 end-of-days phenomenon having more legs than your average, run-of-the-mill doomsday prediction.
The USA.gov post reiterates what NASA has been saying in a series of articles and videos aimed at reassuring us that yes, we’re going to have a 2013 that this particular brand of Armageddon talk has a lot of folks running scared, especially young people.
“At least once a week I get a message from a young personas young as 11who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday,” says David Morrison, an astrobiologist from NASA’s Ames Research Center.
The government’s blog post touches on the laundry list of doomsday scenarios being promoted in some circlesmany of which have appeared in popular movies and books of recent vintageincluding the destruction of Earth by a comet or a “hidden planet,” the supposed prophecy embedded in the (debunked) end of the Mayan calendar in 2012, and “many others.”
Those “[f]alse rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time,” the USA.gov post notes.
NASA’s recent efforts to ease anxiety about the end of the world include a website called Beyond 2012 and a series of videos featuring scientists debunking various doomsday scenarios from an astronomical perspective.
For more, check out the video message below from Morrison, in which the scientist offers a comprehensive debunking of various doomsday rumors and explains the importance of reassuring people that yes, we have every reason to believe the world will continue to exist through 2013 and beyond.
By Damon Poeter, PCMag