Everybody knows that the people at NASA are and have always been among the world’s foremost experts on the Mayans (as a matter of fact, some of Neil Armstrong’s ancestors on his mother’s side were from Calakmul). Whenever I have a question about the Mayans, I know that NASA is the first on my list of people to call for answers:

If there’s one government agency really looking forward to Dec. 22, it’s NASA.

The space agency said it has been flooded with calls and emails from people asking about the purported end of the world — which, as the doomsday myth goes, is apparently set to take place on Dec. 21, 2012.

The myth might have originated with the Mayan calendar, but in the age of the Internet and social media, it proliferated online, raising questions and concerns among hundreds of people around the world who have turned to NASA for answers.

Dwayne Brown, an agency spokesman, said NASA typically receives about 90 calls or emails per week containing questions from people. In recent weeks, he said, that number has skyrocketed — from 200 to 300 people are contacting NASA per day to ask about the end of the world.

“Who’s the first agency you would call?” he said. “You’re going to call NASA.”

The questions range from myth (Will a rogue planet crash into Earth? Is the sun going to explode? Will there be three days of darkness?) to the macabre (Brown said some people have “embraced it so much” they want to hurt themselves). So, he said, NASA decided to do “everything in our power” to set the facts straight.

That effort included interviews with scientists posted online and a web page Brown said has drawn more than 4.6 million views.

It also involved a video titled, “Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday.” Though the title of the video implies a Dec. 22 release date, Brown said NASA posted the four-minute clip last week to help spread its message.

The Mayan calendar may be about to end, but the Moron calendar is eternal.

To answer the question of NASA callers, tomorrow will go something like this: We’ll hear Pink Floyd’s The Great Gig in the Sky start playing through some Bose speakers blaring from the heavens, and then… blammo:

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20 Responses to “NASA Getting Flooded With ‘End of the World’ Calls and Emails”

  1. Truesoldier__ on December 20th, 2012 8:24 pm

    It just goes to show how many morons there are out there. First of all, that they are falling for the whole "end of the world as predicted by the Mayan's" nonesense and secondly that their first instinct is to call a government agency for answers.

    Speaking of NASA, have you all seen the newly designed NASA spacesuit? If not, I'll bet that you will recognize it:
    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/nasa

  2. SignPainterGuy on December 20th, 2012 8:49 pm

    Wasn`t it Einstein who said, "There`s just no limits to moronicacity !" ?

    No doubt, Tim is tickled by the new design ! ;-)

    I read that the Austrian daredevil – Red Bull collaborative spacesuit design was being looked at by NASA as well.

  3. Truesoldier__ on December 20th, 2012 8:51 pm

    Yeah, but it was way too efficient for use by a government agency.

  4. SignPainterGuy on December 20th, 2012 9:01 pm

    NASA is more interested in promulgating the GoreBull Warming scam than anything in or from outer space now, so one might expect their response to all these "End-of-the-Earth" scaredy cats` questions would be something like, "NO, there`s no reason to fear the end of the Earth any time soon, surely not on 12-21-12; it won`t occur until sometime in 2022 when GoreBull Warming will finally cook us !"

    NASA`s pResiduncial mandate to concentrate on muslim outreach really has me puzzled. Nasa doesn`t, or HASN`T dealt with much on or below the ground, so the arrival of the 12th imam seems to me to be completely outside their purview. The mahdi will, according to the pedophile prophet, emerge from the ground, from a well if I`m not mistaken.

  5. backwoodsconsr on December 20th, 2012 9:10 pm

    No end of the world? Darn! There goes my best hope for an early end to the Obama administration.

  6. SignPainterGuy on December 20th, 2012 9:15 pm

    If I understand what I skimmed correctly, the Red Bull suit was of interest as the suit to wear during launch and re-entry; less bulky, more maneuverable and sleeker for being spit out of the craft to parachute to Earth in an emergency.

    The new suit has those Vibram soled boots that will track in crap from whatever moon, asteroid or planet they are exploring. Did ya see "Apollo 18" ? Got to get those space critters in without the astronuts knowing for secret study back at the lab at Area 51 ! (eye rolls)

  7. backwoodsconsr on December 20th, 2012 9:16 pm

    As Jed Clampett would say, "Well doggy!"

  8. SignPainterGuy on December 20th, 2012 9:31 pm

    Actually, Jed said, "Wee doggy !", but since the ol` bloodhound was obedient and Granny didn`t like puddles on the marble floors, he had to modify ! ;-)

  9. Marshall_Will on December 21st, 2012 11:47 am

    No kidding. We're still all 'here'? Shizz.., and it was starting to look so darned GOOD. Hey, if you subscribe to Michelle's newsletter she plays Christmas tunes on the family piano. Multi-talented to say the least ( but what is with that HAT? )

    For rocking conservatives, my contribution:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q13P3OjSOE

  10. backwoodsconsr on December 21st, 2012 1:13 pm

    We're all here because we're not all there.

  11. SignPainterGuy on December 21st, 2012 1:45 pm

    We all must be somewhere.

    I`ve been trying to myself, so far with no luck. If you should find me before I get back, hold on to me and don`t let me leave, please, I should return shortly. I don`t have the money for a long trip !

  12. Marshall_Will on December 21st, 2012 2:31 pm

    What O'Drama & Thugs have orchestrated is more like, an anti-personnel weapon. All the houses and buildings appear just 'fine' but all the people are dead [economically] or the structures are inhabited by zombies ( read 47%'ers )

    In touching base w/ conservative friends from coast to coast for the holidays, there's consensus the world actually ended: November 6th 2012. A commercially zoned home on our main drag was once listed for almost $400k. Mrs. Will has always wanted a retail shop and now it's on the market at fractured $169k. And still no one will touch it!

    There's just too much fear it will fall prey to local progs and hit with endless "improvements assessments" so there it sits. And sits… So like I say, the structure appears unfazed, but cannot connect w/ occupants.

  13. SignPainterGuy on December 21st, 2012 3:11 pm

    S/B; "I`ve been trying to 'find' myself, …" Loster than even I thought ! ;-)

  14. SignPainterGuy on December 21st, 2012 3:29 pm

    Gawlee ! Demo-progs are killin` us !

    In the `70s, my little town`s bldgs were beginning to really show their age, just as the Plaza, Shopping Ctr, Mall trend was just picking up steam. The town`s Planning and Beautification Cmtes urged bldg owners and renters to modernize, upgrade their facades to improve the biz invironment downtown to draw walk-in downtown traffic to come back. The owners wouldn`t do it because they didn`t want to stick it to the renters, there were too few left as it was. The renters didn`t want to pay to have it done because there was too little traffic and they knew the owners would hike rents.

    It has fluctuated thru the years, but downtown has not been fully occupied since the `60s. There`s almost no retail there at all.

    I read a few weeks ago that NYC was going to fine home/ bldg owners for non-upkeep, non-repair ……. after Sandy. WHAT ? Give people TIME ! Gee Whizz !

    Now WOULD be the time for a venture capitalist to buy the bldg you mentioned, even if they just sit on it till conditions improve. 42%ish is a great price !

  15. SignPainterGuy on December 21st, 2012 3:41 pm

    In the `80s we had this woman with big ideas as Pres. of the Downtown Beautification Cmte. (she was really headstrong – a real piece of work) There was an old gas station that had closed years before that was currently rented and run as a redneck, 4×4 woods-truck conversion biz. (It was messy looking and right near the center of downtown) She approached the owner and basically TOLD her she had to modernized the look of her bldg. The owner was a tiny, farmer, take-no-sh*t kinda gal. (everyone was afraid of her, even me, until I waited on her in the hdw. store where I worked and got to know her) WELL, she calmly looked at the BC Pres. and says, "Well, you can rent that bldg for $1,000. a month and then you can do anything you want with it !" Aah, Good Times ! ;-)

  16. Marshall_Will on December 21st, 2012 3:47 pm

    SPG,

    Sounds like what I've heard our Silverton, OR described as in the 70's to the t. Will the last retailer leaving please turn out the lights!

    I tend to view the establishment of these historic districts/improvement zones as really the inception point for the Prog movement. Most find their roots in the 70's. Telling property owners what they can and CAN'T do w/ their buildings was an important first step.

    And as you point out, for all the forced march facelifts, has any of it done a THING to 'preserve' these historic downtowns?

  17. Marshall_Will on December 21st, 2012 4:12 pm

    Lol! Mind you, this in the 80's, so the Oppressives were in full jackboot mode even that early. I had a CPA buddy that owned an older Victorian in Oregon City, "End of the Oregon Trail!"

    Clients complained about having to park in the mud so he threw up some railroad ties and pitched in some gravel to add a few parking spots. NO GO. The city was all over him and threatened daily fines if he didn't have every last BIT of it removed!?

    It drug on for years. When he retired the accountant that replaced him said; "Hey, it was like that when I bought it?" We should all endeavor to [each] do the same by FINDING something to be a PITA to these progs on a local level.

  18. SignPainterGuy on December 21st, 2012 4:15 pm

    Mdme Headstrong had a vision in the `70s of forming a congommerate of the Town Gov., biz & prpty owners to switch the Main St.-half of the downtown to a boardwalk, foot and bike traffic only zone. She spent a WAD on architectural drawings of her proposal; boardwalk, planters, antique lamp posts (we got those lamps and they`re so short, they blind you at night), turn-of-the-19th Century facades, etc. She had her eyes on local, state and fed. $$$$ to fund the project. It fell flat on its (her) face at the first and second / LAST town meetings on the subject.

    Parking outside downtown and then walking a good distance, the cost PLUS the fact that 3 US highway designations run thru there put a quick halt to it ! Any subsequent mention of a similar idea since has brought only scorn ! (There`s an s-curve series on I-40 just north of town where trucks often wreck. Traffic is then diverted thru town. It becomes a 7-ish mile detour parking lot)

  19. SignPainterGuy on December 21st, 2012 4:22 pm

    What ? Gravel are bad ? NOOOO, gravel serves as a filter, a trash trap and rainwater flow slowifier. As long as it isn`t tracked or washed into the roadway, what`s the issue ? Gravel are GOOD !

    Idiot demoprogs !

  20. Marshall_Will on December 21st, 2012 5:31 pm

    "had a vision"

    Isn't that where it always starts? Recall that IN the 70's, the term "retiring baby boomer" hadn't been devised yet. The notion woven from whole cloth was about control from our betters from the git-go.

    Remember the public service commercial w/ Michael Keaton about "preserving our history before it's gone!". And what cheesy movie plot doesn't evolve around an evil developer trying to"hijack the entire town~!"

    So these have been baked into the American psyche as a 'good' thing for an awfully long time. Slowly, like the dinosaurs, they've fallen victim to their own success.

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