It is a troubled time in our economy. With the threat of falling off the fiscal cliff right around the corner, Americans have plenty of legitimate things to worry about. But the White House doesn’t want rumors of doomsday to be among them. It released a statement this week, saying the world is not going to come to an end. Not this year, anyway.
White House decries doomsday rumors
The White House released a statement on USA.gov, saying that Internet rumors of the world coming to an end before the end of the year are malarkey. Whether those rumors involve the Mayan calendar, a rough planet hurtling toward the Earth, or a catastrophic strafing by a comet, there is no credence to any of them, it said.
Specifically, the statement said, “The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012.”
Rumors frighten children, says NASA
So why is the Administration stepping in to take sides on doomsday theories? Because, according to NASA, the rampant rumors are frightening thousands of children — some of them, to the point of considering ending it all.
NASA scientist David Morrison is tasked with answering the public’s questions about all things space. He is quoted in the USA.com post saying, “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.”
Doomsday rumors debunked
On its website, scientists from NASA debunked the rumors one by one. It said that the current doomsday rumor started around the turn of the century. At that time, reports began popping up about a rogue planet called Nibiru that was supposedly discovered by the ancient Sumerians and is now on a collision course with our planet.
“There is no factual basis for these claims,” says NASA.
Nibiru was supposed to collide with the Earth in May of 2003. When that failed to happen, darned if the doomsday calculators didn’t recognize their mistake. The apocalypse was then rescheduled to coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar, on Dec. 12 of this year.
Indeed, the Mayan calendar “long-count period” does extend to only Dec. 12, 2012. That does not, however, indicate the end of time. “Just as your calendar begins again on January 1, another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar,” said NASA.
So, according to the Government, you can now relax your worries about the end of the world, and assure your children that it is all just a rumor with no basis in fact.
Now, in our troubled economy, we can concentrate on real worries.
Mitzi Adams, a heliophysicist at NASA, told LiveScience, “The greatest threat to Earth in 2012, at the end of this year and in the future, is just from the human race itself.”