NASA Builds Website to Debunk 2012 Fears

scenes from 2012, source: Columbia Pictures

@scilib posted a Tweet earlier today that stopped me dead in my tracks, the urge to click was completely overwhelming.
"NASA had to put up a special FAQ page because so many people were asking them if the world would end in 2012"
This story is so absurd it's hilarious. According to this article in the Toronto Star, so many people believe — and fear — the storyline of the movie 2012 that NASA actually had to build a website to debunk their concerns.
“The agency is getting so many questions from people terrified that the world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special website to challenge the myths. We have never had to do this before.”
The site called "2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End?" is basically an FAQ of (how do I put this nicely) common sense.

It compares the concerns of 2012 to the "whimper" that was Y2K. Interesting approach. They use some pretty strong languages such as "there is no credible evidence," "there is no special risk associated with 2012" and my personal favourite: "Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012."

It doesn't get much clearer than that. NASA's site is basically a way of telling people to just relax. Nothing to see here. Move along now.

I'm not sure what's worse, the fact that US taxpayers had to pay for the site or the fact that they were asking such ridiculous questions of NASA that it had to be built in the first place.

Thoughts? Am I being too harsh? (Please don't say yes. ;)


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