Apocalypse Fail: Why the World Didn't End

Intended as a video to be aired on Dec. 22, NASA reassures the public that life will continue on after the so-called Mayan apocalypse.

In another attempt to debunk widespread belief that the world is coming to an end on Dec. 21, 2012, NASA released a video intended to be aired on Dec. 22 confirming that life on earth continues on.

The four-minute video titled "Why the World Didn't End Yesterday," labels the Dec. 21 Mayan apocalypse as a hoax and explains how the rumors began. 

Earlier this month, the U.S. Government responded to apocalyptic fears by posting a blog on the USA.gov website to help dispel the rumors. The post touches on how many have been left frightened, especially children, some of whom have contemplated committing suicide because of the doomsday predictions. 

NASA has also published a section on its site that provides answers for commonly asked questions and concerns about the rumored end of the world. 

"The world will not end in 2012," NASA writes. "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."

For those who've wondered about the Mayan calendars abrupt end, NASA addresses that too.

"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 writes. "This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar."

Click here to read more about NASA's response to all the doomsday rumors and why the world will continue on beyond 2012.

Did you or anyone you know believe the world was going to end Dec. 21?

april spane December 22, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I think the ones who are stupid are not the ones who believed the world would end, but the ones who said the world was going to end by a stupid calendar that is similar to our calendars... They keep going, so we need to keep going...
William Korn December 22, 2012 at 08:26 PM
I disagree, April. The people pushing the end of the world stories the hardest are pretty smart in a slimy sort of way. They generally have books/CDs to sell, or call for donations to support their "mission" to warn the world. The stupid ones are the ones who buy the materials or make the donations. And of course, the media make a lot of money by publicizing it, making documentaries about it, etc.
not Carl Peterson lll December 22, 2012 at 10:22 PM
William Korn, Well, the world did not end because of global warming. You see a germ that comes around and wipes off most animals every 23,000 years or so, was exposed to dry heat to soon when too many glaciers melted. Don't worry William, this is a GW debate free zone, and I won't be pontificating it here.
not Carl Peterson lll December 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM
Mikael lee, What is inside you, that you feel it neccesary to harass someones faith. I will give you a simple question. Can you show me 100% proof that their is no God.? Their is no way in the world to prove that. Zero. nanda. none. How about science? In the world of quantum physics, Where particles can be in two places at the same time, yet in both, and not in either. Where a type of particle once in contact with another of the same, are paired for life no matter how far across the universe they are. Or how about the wave theory, where observing photons actually changes the behavior of the photons, and suggests a new universe begins every time that happens. The universe might not even have time. Everything that is, actually is ALL there, ALL the time, and it is our souls that are the travelers to different plank length frames that give the illusian of time. Yes A whole lot of crazy ideas that the best minds of the world with PHD's are working on. And a person declares that they have faith that a universal entity that unites it all is God. One can, as many scientists do that M theory and God can, and do co-exist in the same theory. Hope you had as much fun reading this as I did writing it. And oh, search your TV or go on the internet for an excellent show by an agnostic scientist called closer to truth. He has asked some of the best questions about all this to many of the worlds leading thinkers.
not Carl Peterson lll December 23, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Mikael lee "you can't handle the truth'. So you sign up to patch today to make this the only statement in your history? Its always suspicious of who it really is when someone signs up to make one negative comment. To infinity....and beyond-------------->>>>>>>


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