NASA Inundated After 2012 Release

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NASA has been working hard to assuage the fears of viewers of the recently released apocalyptic movie 2012, in which the earth is assaulted by massive hunks of space rock.

In a genuinely strange turn of events, considering there didn’t seem to be nearly as much fuss over Armageddon, the movie 2012 has managed to push some people over the edge, with NASA reporting that it’s spending a serious amount of time telling people that they’re not in any more imminent danger from falling cosmic debris and planetary impact than they are at any other point in time. The reason this movie has caused so much panic seems to be that there’s already a tremendous heap of material on the internet stating that the world is going to end in the year 2012… which means that Google isn’t helping to calm people down.

While the whole thing is quite funny, NASA’s David Morrison, who writes a column simply called, “Ask an Astrobiologist,” has long since stopped seeing the funny side. During an interview with NPR, Morrison described the issue, saying,

“What I am doing is trying to answer all these people who are really scared, and see if we can get some facts out to counteract the mythology on the internet … I’ve had three [questions] from young people saying they were contemplating suicide. I’ve had two from women contemplating killing their children and themselves. I had one last week from a person who said, ‘I’m so scared, my only friend is my little dog. When should I put it to sleep so it won’t suffer?’ and I don’t know how to answer those questions.”

A significant portion of the blame is to be placed squarely on the heads of those who maintain web pages prophesying the end of the world, for one reason or another, in the year 2012. Now though, NASA has posted its own page of frequently asked questions about the potential that the world might end in the year 2012, which it hopes will allay people’s fears.

For those who don’t want to read the whole FAQ, it’s best summed up with, “The world is very unlikely to end in the year 2012,” though we imagine that’s not too hard a prediction to make… it’s not like anyone will be around to point it out if you’re embarrassed and the world really does end.

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2 Responses to “NASA Inundated After 2012 Release”

  1. meob Says:

    ONLY in america…..

    • komplettie Says:

      I was trying not to be too flippant because some of those stories are really genuinely frightening, but at the same time, there’s a part of me that can’t help but think it 😉

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