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U.S. government says 2012 apocalypse won't happen
So go ahead and make plans for January.
Wed, Dec 05, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Photo: Columbia Pictures
To further put to rest rumors about the supposed end of the world on Dec. 21, 2012, the U.S. government has posted a blog telling everyone to calm down; it's not going to happen.
Such absurd declarations from officials are not uncommon. Earlier this past summer, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was forced to dispel rumors of a zombie apocalypse after a bizarre series of undead-esque events started freaking people out.
"The CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)," wrote agency spokesman David Daigle in an email to The Huffington Post.
The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012.
Unfortunately, these rumors have many people 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, says, “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.”
Indeed, NASA has been working overtime to crush rumors over the world's end, in particular those that involve a rogue planet slamming into the Earth, freak solar storms, or the complete loss of all electricity from Dec. 23rd-25th.
"While this is a joke to some people and a mystery to others, there is a core of people who are truly concerned," Morrison said.
And despite our fascination with some outside malevolent force wrecking havoc on the planet, NASA's Mitzi Adams adds that there's only one real tangible threat facing the planet currently: us.
"The greatest threat to Earth in 2012, at the end of this year and in the future, is just from the human race itself," he says.
Still don’t believe it? Check out Morrison's video explanation below for why we’ll all still be around come Dec. 22.
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