NASA has felt it necessary to take to the internet to scotch rumors of the end of the world:
On November 28th, NASA scientists took to the Internet to battle the rumors and calm the hype associated with the widespread misinterpretations of the Maya calendar which comes to an end on the winter solstice thus ending a calendar cycle called the 13th b’ak’tun. Many people around the world have come to see this date as a prophesy of the apocalypse, while others simply find it humorous, but NASA isn’t laughing.
The event held on Google+ and throughout social media, with an invitation for Twitter followers to tweet any questions they may have to the #askNASA hashtag, was in response to emails and letters which have been pouring in to NASA from people dealing with severe anxiety related to end day fears, many of them from young people and some of them claiming to be suicidal.
“While this is a joke to some people and a mystery to others, there is a core of people who are truly concerned,” said David Morrison, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center via a Google+ Hangout video chat.
The NASA website page and the video put out by NASA, debunk nightmare scenarios ranging from planet Niburu getting too close to the Earth, solar storms, catastrophic tidal effects caused by planetary alignments, meteors, and a massive shifting of the Earth’s magnetic poles, to name a few.
One should note that the Mayans don’t have much of a track record when it came to divining the future. After all, they didn’t see the Spanish coming, did they?
But as Glenn Reynolds might say, disaster preparedness is a good thing even if its based on a ridiculous premise. All those supplies can be stored away once December 22 rolls around in case they may be needed for a real disaster like a flood or earthquake.
In the meantime, businesses are cleaning up and there is little doubt that the one positive coming out of this nonsense is an increase in economic activity.
Then again, if you should find yourself floating in space on December 21 when the gravitational field of the earth is reversed, don’t blame it on capitalism.