NASA – 2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won’t End?
NASA has named the Roland Emmerich blockbuster 2012 the most scientifically-flawed film ever made. Apart from the abuse of neutrino particles and the myth of the Mayan Calendar ending in 2012, one of the things that has most upset NASA is having to set up a special website to counteract all the claims made by the film.
Among other bits of helpful advice, we find the following:
Answer (A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.
Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?
A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 — hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.
Strange Random Disaster Quote:
By showing us live coverage of every bad thing happening everywhere in the world, cable news makes life seem like it’s just an endless string of disasters – when, for most people in most places today, life is fairly good. – Gregg Easterbrook
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