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U.S. Govt.: The World is Not Ending in 2012

A recent blog post by the U.S. government aims to debunk the notion that the world is ending in 2012.

With beliefs swirling about that the world is coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, or before year's end, the U.S. Government has taken action to help dispel rumors of the Apocalypse. 

"False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time. Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won’t), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no), and many others," according to a Dec. 3 blog post on the USA.gov website.

"The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012," reads the post.

The post goes on to address how the rumors have left many frightened, especially children. NASA has received thousands of letters concerned about the end of the world.

David Morrison, a planetary astronomer and senior scientist for NASA who answers questions from the public about astrobiology said the rumors have pushed some to consider drastic measures.

“At least a once a week I get a message from a young person ― as young as 11 ― who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday,” Morrison said.

According to NASA, the old mystery-planet-collision rumor year was 2003, but when 2004 arrived safely, the rumors changed to 2012.

"The greatest threat to Earth in 2012, at the end of this year and in the future, is just from the human race itself,"  heliophysicist at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center Mitzi Adams told LiveScience.

NASA has published the following videos to debunk the end-of-the-world rumors:

bill hontos December 10, 2012 at 03:09 AM
I'm afraid its true ! Many Christians have told me so - therefore , it must be true . The only thing you can do to prepare for the end of the world is to give me all your valuable worldly possessions and money before Dec. 21st so I can fund a big prayer gathering for all the unfortunate people in the Country . Trust me , I'm a Republican .
Shirley December 10, 2012 at 06:35 AM
If the Christians told you to "jump off the bridge" are you ready to do that also? OK so you must plan to be the only one left & with all the possessions you can con people out of, will you be ready for your tax increase when we DO fall of the fiscal cliff?
Shripathi Kamath December 10, 2012 at 06:53 AM
This is a waste of money. Just wait, do nothing, and the debunking takes place automatically.
Charles December 10, 2012 at 02:09 PM
It's no less ridiculous than the beliefs church going people have. They actually think a man walked on water, a snake talked, a man put two of every animal on a boat for 40 days, etc. They've been trained to think that way. They perpetuate these myths by brainwashing their kids who themselves brainwash their kids.
Mercury December 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Brilliant!
Al Gore December 10, 2012 at 04:30 PM
This explains why Obama was re-elected!
Lil-Marty December 10, 2012 at 07:15 PM
The government is lying again. My brother Lil Artie and myself are giving everything we own away. Who wants my baseball card collection? Who wants a used Rascal? I also have a couple of step stools laying around.
arttie short December 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
stuupid government liars!! dont worry marty!! i got us on richard bransons spaceship...we are allowed on board because we can fit in the over head storage compatrments!!
MFriedrich December 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM
The silver lining is that we Americans will know what's coming on Friday, December 20th. The screams and death throes across Asia and Europe will be a terrific siren. Gee, thanks Europe and Asia! Also, nice knowing you.
tiny December 11, 2012 at 06:08 PM
lol, lol Not to worry, I don't think many are taking this Mayan thing seriously. And anyways if it does occur it will be over quick. But the skeptics like to link these things to folks saying the fin. system is at worlds end.
tiny December 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Fun with Max & Stacy: www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lkYP1emX8I
Vincent December 13, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I like how suddenly the USA government steps in to calm our fears.hmmmmmmmm suspicious

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