Dec. 21, 2012: Fearful 'end of world' callers flood NASA

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    Dec. 21, 2012: Fearful 'end of world' callers flood NASA


    December 19, 2012

    If there's one government agency really looking forward to Dec. 22, it's NASA.

    The space agency said it has been flooded with calls and emails from people asking about the purported end of the world — which, as the doomsday myth goes, is apparently set to take place on Dec. 21, 2012.

    The myth might have originated with the Mayan calendar, but in the age of the Internet and social media, it proliferated online, raising questions and concerns among hundreds of people around the world who have turned to NASA for answers.

    Dwayne Brown, an agency spokesman, said NASA typically receives about 90 calls or emails per week containing questions from people. In recent weeks, he said, that number has skyrocketed — from 200 to 300 people are contacting NASA per day to ask about the end of the world.

    "Who's the first agency you would call?" he said. "You're going to call NASA."

    The questions range from myth (Will a rogue planet crash into Earth? Is the sun going to explode? Will there be three days of darkness?) to the macabre (Brown said some people have "embraced it so much" they want to hurt themselves). So, he said, NASA decided to do "everything in our power" to set the facts straight.

    That effort included interviews with scientists posted online and a web page Brown said has drawn more than 4.6 million views.

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    Seriously, people. Let's think about this. Are we really expecting the world to end because a calandar ends? I've got a calandar that ends on December 31st this year. I don't expect the world to end. I expect to get a 2013 calandar.
     
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    Granny says, "Dat's right - leave it to the Chinese to take alla fun outta it...

    Earthlings prepare for ‘end of world’
    Thu, Dec 20, 2012 - LIKE THERE’S NO TOMORROW:The end of the world purportedly foreseen in the Mayan calendar has been a boon for the tourism, hospitality and bunker industries
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    World Won’t End on Friday, Chinese State Media Assure Nation
    December 19, 2012 – Chinese authorities are trying to allay doomsday rumors that appear to be circulating quite widely in that county, and which police say were behind a frenzied knife attack on elementary school students last Friday.
     
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    There are no 2013 calanders out there!
     
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    since we are all going to die anyway.

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    I'm sure my ex-wife is looking forward to Dec 21, 2012. She's a J.W., and she's been talking about this since 1965.
     
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    IF the Mayans were good at predicting things, there would still be Mayans...
     
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    I have an awesome 'End of the World' Party planned....
     
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    Well, we have a lot of willfully ignorant 'Conservatives' in this nation. What else would one expect.
     

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