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“:

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