Won't somebody please think of the children?
That's the message the U.S. government is pushing in a new blog post
attempting to dispel rumors about the rapidly approaching end of the world.
"Unfortunately, these rumors have many people frightened, especially children," reads the post at USA.gov. "The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012."
David Morrison, a planetary astronomer and senior scientist for NASA, tells USA.gov that “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.”
According to the government, there is no impending Mayan calendar-predicted apocalypse that will take place this month (that theory has already been debunked
), no comet ready to blast the world into oblivion (sorry Bruce Willis, NASA has been trying to beat this one back for a while
), and no hidden planet sneaking up on Earth to screw up its polarity (NASA recently gave
a detailed breakdown of this claim). The post also tamps down doomsday predictions more broadly, declaring that "many other" theories are also wrong.
The U.S. isn't the only nation that has had to directly address prophecies about the end of the world. The New York Times reported