why do they say the world will end in 2012
Time to retrieve that resignation letter from the boss's desk, return the life savings to your bank account and attempt to return to normal life в
has announced that the world will not end on 21 December. In a video published on YouTube, the space agency sought to calm fears в triggered by the supposed end of the Mayan calendar в that Christmas was about to be spoiled by the disintegration of Earth and the extinction of its 7 billion population. The film was scheduled to be published on 22 December 2012, explaining why the world didn't end the previous day. "If you're watching this video it means one thing в the world didn't end yesterday," runs the commentary. But Nasa is so confident in its prediction that it has released it now. The prediction that the world would end four days before Christmas 2012 в potentially wreaking havoc with gift buying and travel plans в is a long-standing misconception, Nasa explains. An accompanying post on the agency's website, titled Beyond 2012: Why the World Won't End, says that 21 December this year has been labelled as the end of all things because the Mayan calendar ends on this date. But "just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012," Nasa says. Instead, it just starts over again. Another factor in the end of the world prophecy comes from claims that a "supposed planet" called Nibiru is heading for Earth, hellbent on destruction. "This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012," and linked to the end of the Mayan calendar, Nasa said.
As astrobiologist David Morrison puts it in the Nasa video: "If there were anything out there like a planet headed for earth it would already be one of the brightest objects in the sky. Everybody on earth could see it. You don't need to ask the government. Just go out and look. It's not there. " *** Spoiler alert. This article contains information that will ruin a good hoax. There s no shortage of end-of-the-world prophecies and hoaxes, but the latest one has a slick twist. Or, some might say, a sick twist. In fact, just by writing about it, I m playing into the hands of a big media company that hopes I will write about it, or at least pass the word and a link, so that they can ultimately make money. Rather, I ll try to keep a few people from being frightened. The story starts with Mike Brown, an astronomer at Caltech who has in our outer solar system than anyone. Just like this reporter, Brown gets a lot emails from people worried the. So many, in fact, that Brown has come to call them The 2012 People. He s long assumed they re rather gullible worry warts. His view just changed a little. [ The concerns often stem from bogus information about a fantasy planet dubbed Nibiru which, the story goes, will swing into the inner solar system, smack Earth in 2012, and bring an end to it all. (Brown assures us there is no such planet, and no such looming scenario known to science. ) The emails have been increasing of late.
And recently one concerned citizen went a step farther and called and left Brown a voice mail: I ve got kids; this really scares the hell out of me. Is there something I should be doing? Is this real? The planet hunter reassured the man that it was all just a hoax. The man was grateful. But the man got Brown s attention. This guy was inherently skeptical about the 2012 claims, and was happy when someone with a ring of authority told him there was nothing to it, but, still something had made him worried enough that he had tracked down some astronomer he had never met and called him to reassure him about the safety of his family, Brown wrote in this week. Then Brown found some spam among his email, an ominous missive that purports to be from the director of the Institute for Human Continuity. It warns: The IHC has uncovered evidence indicating that the disasters of 2012 are both real and unavoidable. We believe with 94% certainty that cataclysmic events will devastate our planet and many who inhabit it. December 21, 2012 cannot be ignored. A link in the email to the IHC s supposed web site actually takes you to a site that is so cleverly designed, an unsuspecting person who doesn t recognize the actors on the page might think the IHC is real, that the end is near, and that buying a ticket (to somewhere, on something, who knows? ) is the only hope of survival.
Truth is the web site ( ) is designed by Sony Pictures. Okay, score 1 point for Sony, no harm done, right? Well, not so fast. Brown, who is a pretty smart guy, admits that unlike many doomsday websites designed by quacks, it took him a while to figure out this web site is a fake. It is slick. It is professional. There is no obvious sign anywhere that this is the work of kooks, he said. We all hate spam. And sometimes we think its deceptiveness is distasteful, especially when little old ladies are bilked of billions by a faux Nigerian banker. And hoaxes sometimes go too far. Some pranksters in New Jersey who lofted flares on balloons in the night sky in January, as a social experiment, were by a court that determined their posed a potential fire hazard and could have interfered with air traffic. It didn t, but their deceptiveness, and the harm it could have caused, was enough for the judge. Brown wonders if this one goes too far, scaring people who may never learn the truth that would alleviate their fears. If the spam email had tried to scare me about the end of the world and then directed me to a web site which turned out to simply advertise the movie, that would have been distasteful, Brown writes. But what is the right word for a spam email that tries to scare me to go to a web site which then tries to scare me even more and doesn t even admit to being simply an ad for a movie? That s for you to answer.
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