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“Fearful ‘end of world’ callers flood NASA” (and hk2′s open thread)

Fearful ‘end of world’ callers flood NASA,” the L.A. Times reports:

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. …

Shepherd Smith reported this story, “Significance of the date 12/12/12,” recently:

[NASA spokesperson] Dwayne Brown typically receives 90 calls/e-mails per week … [Recently] that number has skyrocketed . . . 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?” Brown 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.

I found this story particularly amusing. “Is the sun going to explode?” There are certainly a lot of people out there worried about the silliest things …

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.

The L.A. Times added this video today, “Fearful ‘end of world’ callers flood NASA“:

Please add any info you wish to share. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • MG6
  • elizabethrc

    I just have no patience with the silliness of far too many people who buy into mass hysteria so easily. It makes me worry a bit about the state of our national mental health.
    I live two towns away from Newtown, CT, saw the unmarked cars with flashing lights speed by, have seen the lines of cars waiting to get into the funeral home parking lots, and the horror of it is very fresh in our memories around here. This was real tragedy, real endings of beautiful lives and it is to the correcting of whatever allowed this to happen that we need to address ourselves.
    Sure, the Mayan myth makes for good headlines, but how about we look at what is real? Life isn’t some video game. The consequences are real and they are lasting for the families and friends. (A friend lost her granddaughter there).
    The world may not have come to an end but for most of these people, it will be much smaller, less shiny, more filled with shadows.
    Grow up, folks.

  • MG6

    Voter suppression that all the Dem Senators, MSNBC and Michelle Obama should protest and march upon!

    http://www.newsmaxworld.com/GlobalTalk/egypt-christians-polls-fear/2012/12/20/id/468458?s=al&promo_code=113D7-1

    This was foretold in the Book of Daniel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mary.cusack Mary Cusack

    the end of my world comes in january if I don’t find a job. my unemployment runs out and they aren’t passing the extension for 2013. part of the fiscal cliff. I know people who got the full 99 wekks and I only get six months! Figures!

  • HELENK2

    http://uk.news.yahoo.com/china-ships-disputed-waters-first-since-poll-040322717.html

    with China and Japan playing chicken and north korea being it usual self the far east is not looking good.

    the middle east is so far gone that i do not believe there will be any kind of peace there in my lifetime

    and we are stuck with a person who wants the paycheck and not the job.

  • HELENK2

    http://marcbrecy.perso.neuf.fr/shuttlelax/Shuttlelaxvideo.html

    just awesome to watch and hear shuttle coming to LA

  • HELENK2

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151338541180901&set=a.289404350900.190347.289396165900&type=1&theater

    police and firemen block westboro so called church at funeral in sandy hook

  • HELENK2

    it would be my luck, I paid my bills instead of spending the money on a good time. Damn!!!!

    I had to laugh last year my youngest grand daughter was complaining about the world ending in 2012
    her complaints

    she worked hard and graduated high school

    she can finally drive after midnight

    she can vote

    all the work and waiting and now the world is going to end

    • elizabethrc

      My mother used to admonish me to make sure I was wearing clean underwear in the event of an accident. Ever practical!

  • Popsmoke

    Shoot if the world ends on the 22nd. Then that would take the pressure off of congress to resolve the financial cliff issues!
    Na….. we ain’t that lucky!

  • HELENK2

    http://twitpic.com/bnr46v

    believe the cookie

  • buzzlatte3

    I wish the doomsayers/debunkers would at least use the right calendar in their media. Most of them are showing the Aztec calendar, not the Mayan. LOL! This clip is no different.

  • sowsear1

    No, but Guam might tip over…