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: