December 12th, 2012
12:13 PM ET

NASA Science prepares for the not-end of the world

Are you preparing for a certain fictional apocalypse this month?

The idea that the world is ending on December 21, 2012, comes from a misinterpretation of the Mayan calendar. Because their calendar ends on the 21st, some believe the world must be ending, as well.

This idea has become so widespread in popular culture that NASA Science has made repeated efforts to debunk it. They've now even gone so far as to produce a video for the 22nd of December, explaining (again) why the world didn't end:

The video should ease any fears you might have that all of humanity is headed for its demise this month.

Other doomsday theories for the 21st include the idea that a planet called Nibiru is on a collision course with Earth, a total blackout for the planet due to the "alignment of the universe," solar storms and meteor strikes. NASA says none of these events is actually a possibility and does a case-by-case debunking.

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  1. TarvisTheMighty

    But what about a rogue solar mass black hole?! Or a gamma ray burst?! The possibilities are endless! We're all gonna die!!

    (Note: I do not actually believe the world will end on Dec. 21.)

    December 13, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Joe

      Anyone ever consider if you are making a calendar that planning 5,000 years ahead was enough and just decided that 2012 was far enough out ?

      December 13, 2012 at 11:35 am |
      • Don

        Did anyone consider that the Mayan calendar is just like our calendar in that it repeats after a certain period of time? The Mayan calendar does not end on the 21st of December. It starts another cycle.

        December 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • GregClapton

      Did anyone consider that you can only chip so much data onto a stone tablet before you run out of space?

      December 13, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
      • Pam

        its like that pic on facebook that shows them with the stone and says that he only had enough room to 2012 lol and other one said thats gonna freak someone out one day lol

        December 13, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
      • Taylor L

        My thoughts exactly. I mean, seriously, how much can be chiseled onto a tablet before it is impossible to fit anymore??

        December 17, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  2. Watson

    What NASA isn't accounting for are the zombies! Really people! The end of the world date is actually Z Day! Silly NASA people, putting people on the moon, rovers on Mars, and building orbital space stations.... Silly NASA....

    December 13, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • smarter

      watson you are an idiot

      December 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
      • imogen

        you, sir, CLEARLY missed the sarcasm.

        the great irony is that your username is 'smarter.'

        December 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
      • Joe

        I think you need to change your name to the polar opposite. You are not even close to as smart as you think you are.

        December 13, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
      • Lijuani

        You aren't really smart actually

        December 13, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  3. c s

    Look at it this way. When the world ends on December 21st, the so-called financial crisis of January 1st, 2013 will no longer matter. So all of the millionaires and billionaires will get to die without paying any inheritance taxes. Now does this change your perspective on the problem?

    December 13, 2012 at 10:53 am |
  4. Jennie

    Sigh, I teach English at a school in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. One of the local teachers told me today that a local TV station had announced that the entire Earth was going to be dark for three days later this month (23-25th). They quoted NASA as their source. He even showed me the article (in Kurdish, I had to take his word about the translation) on the station's website (http://www.nrttv .com/dreje.aspx?jimare=23762 for anyone who reads Kurdish).
    I showed him the NASA web site, which clearly states that a cloud of space dust will be obscuring part of the Milky Way for three days creating a "Dark Rift" phenomena. Quite a different thing. Now how do I re-educate all the other viewers of this TV station? It is hard to combat ignorance when the media doesn't do its part.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:40 am |
    • Don

      Jennie, Only time will re-educate the viewers of the TV show, when there is not any extended darkness December 23 – 25. Of course then it may end up being the fault of US NASA scientists for getting it wrong.

      In the meantime, great job in teaching. Education is awesome!!

      December 13, 2012 at 11:44 am |
    • Jane Redd

      And did you know that our sun stops its journey across the horizon where it rises each morning, stays still for three days before beginning its return journey. That's our sun or God's SUN – if you will – dies for three days before rising again. And that is where the whole SON of God dying and rising after three days has been twisted over time to the point where religions sit on billions of dollars in the name of someone they say preaches about being humble.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Scami

        Jane is absolutely right. Its the SUN of GOD not the SON of GOD. And it Rises after 3 days of being still. the rise forshadows spring summer and warmth. Which is an amazing thing. Everyone should still be praying to the SUN GOD (our sun) just like the egyptians did at the beginning of time.

        December 13, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
      • ECassious2

        Jane,

        That is absolutely not where the Christian Son of God came from. The SUN of God was not twisted into the Son of God. Perhaps their is a symbolic correlation (although doubtful), but there is no confusion about the creation of the earth and Jesus, the son of God.

        December 14, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  5. Ford Prefect

    What nobody is paying any attention to here is that about a week ago the Vogon Constructor Fleet sent out the eviction notice. Seems we are in the way of a Galactic Expressway. Sorry, they told us we had until December 21 to get off this rock and it isn't their fault we haven't done it yet. I know this because my Commodore 64, which is currently creating the 42 Puzzle, printed out the notice on my fancy dot-matrix printer. I knew this would happen, so I built myself a nice, blue Police Box and my companion and dog will be womp-womping away just in the nick of time. :-)

    December 13, 2012 at 10:31 am |
    • Someone in Columbus

      Don't forget your towel.....

      December 13, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • jerry

      There is nothing fancy about a Dot Matrix Printer. Buy a Canon MFP

      December 13, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • Bob

      Don't Panic!

      December 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
    • Gorgon

      How did you get your Commodore 64 to work on the 42 Puzzle? I tried, but keep getting a "syntax" error message. It's somewhere in the 40,000 lines of code I manually entered over the last 8 months, but I can't find it!

      December 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Popeye

      Don't worry, just stick your thumb out and catch a ride like all the Hitchhikers do. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxay-very funny book, horrible movie.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • really

      42 is the answer.

      December 13, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
    • Zaphod Beeblebrox

      OMG best post ever

      December 13, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  6. Mary Mary

    Americans have been blinded by the mass media and materialistic B.S. for far too long. Open your eyes. Type "illuminati" backwards in your search engine, the NASA website will come up. Do some research on it and learn the truth. Your favorite music artists and actors holding up the same hand signals is not for no reason at all. It is a conspiracy or is it that you all are not "illuminated"? Just do some research and make your own opinion.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Amused

      Mary, please stop spreading this ridiculous nonsense! You haven't got the slightest idea what you are talking about! This is complete and total BULLSHlT!

      December 13, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • ummmm...

      crazy much, are we?

      December 13, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • DC1973

      Hey, Tila! Still believe that the Illuminati are trying to murder you, do ya?

      December 13, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Wastrel

      Hahahhahahahaha

      December 13, 2012 at 12:16 pm |
    • Emigdio

      @Mary Mary

      1. typing Illuminati backwards and adding .com leads to the NSA website, not NASA's
      2. anyone could buy the domain for "itanimulli.com" and redirect it to the NSA website just to further the false conspiracy. wake up to the actual real world.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
    • Joe in Austin

      @Mary Mary, why you buggin'?

      December 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm |
      • d-nutt

        hahahaha

        December 13, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
    • SgtSerge

      Mary, I had to just type this in and guess what, you are full of crap, why would you not google it yourself before posting such dumbness.
      Just wow some people really are crack pots.....

      December 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
    • Uncle Stumpy

      All hail Discordia!

      December 13, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  7. Oakspar77777

    (1) Reasonable people always bet against the apoc, but it is a bet you can't lose (or at least can't be held to account for losing, because the world ended). Thus, there is never anything noble or brave about calling out the foolish believers, they are the only ones taking a social risk. Pity, rather than mock the apoc believer.

    (2) History has had a handful of "ends of the world" (the fall of major empires). Some of these took generations to recover from. Saying that it cannot happen again is foolish (because it not only can, at some point it likely will), saying that it will happen again on any certain day is equally foolish (because most of those events were not punctual to the events of a single day).

    (3) At some point, human life on Earth will end. Humanity may continue elsewhere in other ways, but this rock and our sun do have experation dates (no time soon, however). So, even if humanity avoids all the Malthusian challenges and the cosmic billiards game of colliding objects in space, the apoc believer will EVENTUALLY be proven correct. Either the world will be detroyed, the world will be consumed for resources (no longer being "Earth"), or will be moved itself (as and "Earth earthship").

    December 13, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • MumboJumbo

      blah blah blah... Everything will die one day so what? What does this have to do with silly Mayan calendar and the idiots who made up nonsense about it?

      December 13, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  8. Peter

    I don't believe planet Earth will end but I believe will pass through a restauration. Jesus said that he would come back and "reset "our world. Jesus said that he was not from this planet and that He comands a fleet os spaceships which the Bible calls "clouds" . There is an interesting website calle bibleufo.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • Duc749

      Dude, really? Are you on drugs?

      December 13, 2012 at 9:59 am |
      • Chip Bigguns

        Raw milk.

        December 13, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • MumboJumbo

      lol... you still believe in Jesus? how old are you?

      December 13, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • lonomoholo

      Troll? Poe? Idiot?
      ...and what the hell is a 'restauration'? Some kind of eating venue?

      December 13, 2012 at 10:09 am |
      • Crow

        Restauration was a sloop built in 1801 in Hardanger, Norway. It became a symbol of Norwegian American immigration.

        Restauration is French for restoration. Restauration can refer to: European Restoration, the return of many monarchies after Napoleon's French were defeated.

        December 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Bill D.

      Enjoying that legal pot out there in Washington huh?

      December 13, 2012 at 10:20 am |
      • Saganwagon

        Careful, I have crystal clear thoughts and I smoke daily.

        December 13, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • maclin4gravatar

      The "restauration" at the end of the galaxy, nice place!

      December 13, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  9. Al Gore

    ♪♫ Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 13.0.0.0.0 ♪♫

    December 13, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • mpouxesas

      ehe..tonight i'm gonna party like it is 127.0.0.1 .....

      December 13, 2012 at 10:11 am |
      • DC1973

        Are you on crack? 192.168.0.1 is where it's at!

        December 13, 2012 at 10:31 am |
      • CyberDude

        127.0.0.1
        You must be loopy ;-)

        December 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • hai

        screw all you guys the party is at ::1

        December 13, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  10. Mike H.

    The fact that NASA is going out of its way to debunk "The idea that the world is ending on December 21, 2012", IS what worries me. If it was just a silly idea, wouldn't NASA just ignore it? And if NASA knew something was going to happen, would they announce it and cause world-wide panic?

    December 13, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Mikesun

      NASA would be focusing on other, more important, things if they had funding to do so.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • Chip Bigguns

      The end of the world means no more princess parties or canoe trips for me. I am sad.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:46 am |
      • Chip Bigguns

        Farts and poopie on my chest.

        December 13, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • Duc749

      Great point! I encourage you to immediately liquidate any investments you have so you can party like a rockstar between now and the inevitable end of the world as we know it!

      I'll be right behind you at the ATM... No really, you go first, I insist...

      Dumb.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:48 am |
      • Chip Bigguns

        Can you quack like a duck when you suck?

        December 13, 2012 at 9:50 am |
    • Robin

      Because very silly people keep calling NASA demanding to know about the end of the world. NASA is, understandably, getting tired of repeating itself ad infinitum ad nauseum, so they created a video anyone can watch that debunks the whole "Mayan Prophesy of DOOOOOOOOOOOM" thing. They're probably hoping they'll be left alone so they can get back to their radio telescopes.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:25 am |
    • DC1973

      You mean like the CDC did the press release about there not being a zombie apocalypse over the summer? When, ya know, there was no zombie apocalypse, but people were going insane about it?

      It's not NASA's fault there are people out there stupid enough to believe this stuff. A *lot* of people out there stupid enough to believe this stuff.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Cpt. Branagan

      The reason why NASA put out this video is due to the numerous people asking NASA about this.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:42 am |
    • John Wyndham

      They're putting forth all this effort not just to stop anxious calls from believers, but because some people have stated their intentions to commit suicide AND KILL THEIR FAMILIES to "spare them the pain of the apocalypse." That's a very real concern, especially if those families are completely innocent about the whole thing and only Dad or Mom thinks the doomsday scam is true.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:45 am |
    • Uncle Stumpy

      You're totally right. It's gonna end on the 21st and THEY KNOW IT. Most people are doomed.

      BUT I know this guy whose cousin works at NASA, though, and they've got a super-secret mission happening on the 16th to save some people (relocating to a space station that's been trailing the Earth in orbit around the sun since 1983...there's enough space and provisions to sustain around 100,000 people until the year 2422, by which time they'll figure out where to land and repopulate).

      ANYWAY, there's a secret signal they're using to pick up people in these silent stealth helicopters the night of the 16th. Just go outside that evening between 6 PM and 2 AM local time, with TWO flashlights. Turn them on and wave them into the sky, making the beams cross at least once every five seconds. That's the signal. At some point, one of the stealth choppers will do a flyover and pick up anyone displaying the signal. DO NOT WEAR SHOES. There's this weird rule about tracking dirt or grass clippings into the hangar where they're talking people. IF you haven't been picked up by 2 AM, shout "YIP! YIP! YIP!" at ten second intervals until 3 AM. That's the backup audio signal. Again, DO NOT WEAR SHOES OR YOU WILL BE LEFT BEHIND.

      December 13, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  11. joe

    Scientists are debunking the 2012 theory, but currently we're about to experience a brand new meteor storm concurrently with the Perseid meteor storm. Scientists have never seen this new meteor storm. So they actually have no idea what the two events will do concurrently.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:34 am |
    • MumboJumbo

      do your research dumbo...

      December 13, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • rapierpoint

      Uh, the Perseid shower was earlier this year. It's already happened. So it couldn't have anything to do with 12/21

      December 13, 2012 at 10:14 am |
      • MumboJumbo

        "Scientists have never seen this new meteor storm." – Geminid metor shower is a well known phenomenon.

        December 13, 2012 at 10:15 am |
    • MumboJumbo

      Geminid meteor shower not Perseid meteor storm. Y got no idea what you're talking about.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Wen

      I'm quite sure that have some idea what will happen. They can probably see where the comet is and predict it's path.based in laws of physics which are NOT al that likely to change in 12/21/0212.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Dan I

      Well let's see, they know exactly where this new shower came from (and yes there IS a new metero shower that will occur about the same as the Geminids).

      And they DO know exactly what it will do, it will up the meteor rate to about 30 per hour on the average.

      Given that we can do simple math and that we know that there are no significantly large rocks in the new field, we know EXACTLY what will happen.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
  12. Uncle Stumpy

    They left one very important reason out of their video: "Also, everyone who believes in doomsday predictions is rock-stupid."

    December 13, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  13. EPUnum1

    Then, we can still buy lottery tickets? Great!!!

    December 13, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  14. Brian Smith

    IIf a planet was travelling FASTER than the speed of light, then we wouldn't see it until after it destroyed the planet. You didn't think about that, did you smart scientist type morons? :)

    December 13, 2012 at 8:46 am |
    • dqwdeqw2

      Please, for the sake of humanity, don't reproduce.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:05 am |
    • Booby

      Really? It has been said there are no stupid questions. You have proven that statement false. Fool.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:18 am |
      • John

        You might have missed that smiley face at the end of his post. The kind that people have been using on the internet for about 30 years to signify that they are joking.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:40 am |
      • crabman2

        There are no stupid questions , Just stupid people asking questions

        December 13, 2012 at 11:22 am |
      • jimmy

        What? Al Gore did not even invent the internet until the mid 90's.

        December 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm |
  15. Oscar Pitchfork

    I guess if these blogging areas didn't exist, then all you technological iliterates would be sitting around at home, flogging your dongs and reading "sciency' comic books...

    December 13, 2012 at 8:40 am |
    • lolol

      you're so original...

      December 13, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  16. chris

    NASA can predict that the world will not end but they never saw it coming when Obama ended the world of the Space Shuttle Program.

    December 13, 2012 at 8:25 am |
    • Jo

      Obama didn't end the space shuttle program. That was schedled long before he ever took office

      December 13, 2012 at 8:56 am |
      • chris

        but he did expedite it's shut down. Take a tour at NASA. The employees were openly venting their dislike for Obama. That's a fact. Hope i angered all you Socialist today.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:02 am |
      • Amused

        NO HE DID NOT!!!!! In fact. Obama EXTENDED the shuttle program by TWO EXTRA missions above and beyond what the Bush Administartion has already scheduled! Please get your facts straight....

        December 13, 2012 at 10:29 am |
    • dqwdeqw2

      Lol "Obama ended our space program" "No that was already scheduled before his presidency" "well but but he expedited it". Geese, you repub's will cling on to anything your little mind can think of to try and trash our commander and chief. I didn't even vote for him, yet I'm not as childish and butt hurt as the republican base.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:07 am |
    • ALLuh

      Kind of tough to watch, all you Conidiots who are still buttsore after the election. Hahhaa, hope I offended your ignoranus.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • Lawyered

      "The Space Shuttle program was extended several times beyond its originally-envisioned 15 year life span because of the delays in building the United States space station in low Earth orbit — a project which eventually evolved into the International Space Station. It was formally scheduled for mandatory retirement in 2010 in accord with the directives President George W. Bush issued on January 14, 2004 in his Vision for Space Exploration. However, the final Shuttle launch was that of Atlantis on July 8, 2011. According to the Vision for Space Exploration, the next manned NASA program was to be Project Constellation with its Ares I and Ares V launch vehicles and the Orion Spacecraft; however, the Constellation program was never fully funded, and in early 2010 the Obama administration asked Congress to instead endorse a plan with heavy reliance on the private sector for delivering cargo and crew to LEO"

      December 13, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • Ludwig

      The employees were openly venting their dislike? Is that a surprise? Why don't you pony up the money to keep those people working if you're so worried about it?

      December 13, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Steve

      Great, another "let's pump billions into the space program, but don't you dare raise my taxes" person. It amazes me the lengths people will go just to find a way to blame Obama for something. It's great how tea partiers and neocons seem to think we're going to slash taxes and spending everywhere and throw the economy into recession, but then still have the money to pump into all the big-budget programs that they happen to like or benefit from. These people are living in fantasyland.

      The shuttle program was set to go long before Obama, and it should have been shut down 15 years ago. The space shuttle program was an outdated, overpriced behemoth that could not be the cornerstone of any realistic future plans for space exploration or exploitation. A few decades ago people thought we were going to be building space stations and using them as staging areas for regular trips to the planets, thus the space shuttle idea was born in the 60s. Eventually they realized this was more science fiction than practical. I don't think the International Space Station gives much scientific data that can't be obtained more cheaply and easily in other ways, certainly not enough to justify it's cost to build or maintain, not to mention the physical threat it causes to the near-Earth environment. From a scientific exploration point of view, robotic missions to the planets are much cheaper and reap much more data than manned missions, and don't require any of this infrastructure. The notion of colonizing the moon or mars is nice to think about, but from a resource/cost/technology point of view, it's pretty unrealistic. Any scheme that makes it reasonable to send men back to the moon or mars is going to take the entire NASA budget and more to put together, and it will not require the space shuttle. Frankly, I don't see the point in spending billions just to have a guy stick a flag in the ground – send a robot instead.

      So, bottom line – the space shuttle had long outlived it's usefulness and it cost a crapload of money. The shuttle program alone is responsible for shutting down programs to develop and maintain heavy-lift rockets, which can put large items in orbit much more efficiently than the shuttle, and that has been a thorn in our side since the 1970s. If NASA is going to do anything of value in the coming decades, it has to move beyond the 1960s visions of the space program, and finally ending the shuttle program is a necessary step in doing that. Hopefully, they will be able to replace it with something that will move things forward. If you truly support the space program into the future, then you should be supporting the end of this dead-end program.

      December 13, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  17. Jeff

    The best part of December 21st, the 22nd I can finally take of my tin foil hat, because it's to late, the aliens have arrived!
    Man!

    I really got to wash my hair, sheesh!

    December 13, 2012 at 7:53 am |
    • Danny

      Festinger developed his theory of cognitive dissonance based on his research into how believers react when the end doesn't arrive as per schedule, and 2012: The Anti-Soul is a great book, and 2012 the movie wasn't bad. So who cares?

      December 13, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  18. Jeff

    It would be funny if some super genius mathematician redid the math and said, "Oh, the end date was actually 3 months ago, our first calculations were wrong." "D'Oh! ~ Homer Simpson"

    December 13, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • ElmerGantry

      Funny

      December 13, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • DC1973

      They've done that a few times. I remember one guy who said it actually ended in 1967 or something? And then just a week or two ago, they said that the calendar actually ended in May, because it didn't account for Leap Year.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  19. Ed

    Sure NASA, next thing you will be telling us that earth is not flat and sun does not revolve around the earth, and earth is not 6000 years old.

    I will be in my buncker on 21st and laughing at the dooms day and flat earth deniers, hahahahahhahahha.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:50 am |
  20. Franny60

    Everyone's waiting on God, but I have a strong feeling humans will destroy this planet. Sadly, many are working hard to bring it on, because of Religious beliefs. That's the scary part.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • admphi

      I agree with you, friend. Despite what is going on in Syria, there are groups that believe the regime in that country is attempting to hasten the return of a prophet that is confined to the bottom of a well...?? The only way this is possible is for massive amounts of bloodshed. I am not sure of the important details. Only reiterating what was I read.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:42 am |
  21. Cannabis

    A lot of people are disappointed. This means they will have to actually live their lives. Which is really scary for them. Not me, However, I'm living the dream. Enjoying my green leaf with my cat in my lap.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • ElmerGantry

      Right on. COOL!

      December 13, 2012 at 7:33 am |
      • ElmerGantry

        Except for the green leaf part. I don't indulge in that. The part about the cat, YES.

        December 13, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • yeswecannabis

      Right on.....the world would be a better place if more would indulge in the green leaf.....cheers to a higher concious....and I have my dachshund, Otto, on my lap.....:) Peace.....

      December 16, 2012 at 3:09 am |
  22. mememememememe

    oh, i didn't realize that people ACTUALLY believed the world was going to end. i thought it was seen as a joke...should have known, too many stupid people in this world.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • stacy12

      yeah and the government also said climate change didnt exsist either and everybody believed them but now they are saying its very real.

      December 13, 2012 at 7:42 am |
      • Primewonk

        Correction – it was the religious right (oxymoron) fundiot nutters in government who said ACC was not real. Folks with are least 10 functioning neurons were not saying this.

        Sadly, there are still right-wing ignorant nutters making this claim.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:03 am |
      • ElmerGantry

        @Primewonk

        The religious right is neither.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:12 am |
      • Huff

        First the Gov. said we had global cooling in the 1960's and 70's. Then the Gov. said global warming through the 1990's. Now they tell us its cooler now than in the 1990's and we had a much larger warming period in the 1930's. Which Gov. do you trust and believe?

        December 13, 2012 at 9:42 am |
      • Amused

        Who is this elusive "they" and exactly WHEN did "they" say this nonsense? I think you are grabbing at straws and have confused some old misinformed speculations and opinionated editorials with actual "government" studies!...

        December 13, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  23. Lori

    I hope none one I know reads this article. I'd just managed to convince some of my wacky friends who didn't think they'd be around after the 21st to transfer their money to me!

    December 13, 2012 at 6:50 am |
  24. ElmerGantry

    Looks like CNN is copycating FÄÜX NEWS' tabloid story. caching . CNN stop posting tabloid stories, it only lowered your journalistic standards.

    CNN, you can not outfox FOX! Stop trying.

    Oh wait, maybe this is what you (CNN) wanted by hiring refugee FOX NEWS executive, Margaret Hoover.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • JR

      Man, you REALLY need to get a life if all you have to do is complain about a TV station. Maybe a job???? Jus sayin!

      December 13, 2012 at 7:07 am |
      • ElmerGantry

        1) A study found that FOX NEWS viewers are less knowledgable about world events than people who watch no news at all.
        2) FOX NEWS is the organization that won the right to lie on the news as a first amendment right. The judges decision gave them that right. The FOX NEWS lawyers did not even dispute they were lying, they only argued in court it was FOX NEWS' first amendment right to do so.
        3) FOX NEWS was caught altering video and images
        A) video of a Sarah Palin rally had larger crowds dubbed in to make her rally look more popular
        B) video of gov walker protest had larger more violent protest dubbed in. The FOX editors forgot to remove the palm trees in the background. LOL

        get som edjumacayshun and learnin for Pete's sake!

        December 13, 2012 at 7:20 am |
      • ElmerGantry

        @JR,

        You are not good at making assumptions about people, are you?

        Case in point, I have a great, well paying job.

        Jokes on you.

        December 13, 2012 at 7:23 am |
      • ElmerGantry

        @JR,

        BTW: despite your tepid attempt at an ad hominem attack, I'll wish you a merry Christmas and happy holiday season.

        MERRY CHRISTMAS

        December 13, 2012 at 7:32 am |
      • Huff

        Elmer, you're forgetting to mention the flat out lies of CBS that cost Rather his job and they were certainly not the first nor last. Its ironic that so many see bias at Fox (me included) but see no such bias at CBS, MSNBC, ABC etc.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • admphi

      I am curious to how people view me as I like to go to CNN for their news and I like to watch FOX on the tv. Seems like I have a better grasp on "the middle" than our politicians. /wink

      December 13, 2012 at 9:57 am |
  25. Trajk Logik

    So, the Mayans predicted the end of the world, but they couldn't predict the coming of the Spanish to the New World? If you believe it when someone predicts the end of the world, you have the same level of gullibility as a follower of David Koresh.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:41 am |
    • Huff

      The Mayans never predicted the end of the world. The doomsday'ers made an incorrect assumption that their calendar numerical system ends on the 21st, thereby indicating end of the world. Problem is, there are recorded dates past the 21st in some Mayan writings and no prediction was ever made by the Mayans.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:47 am |
      • admphi

        Y2K-B.C. happened and they lost their calendar database.

        December 13, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • jack sheeite

      Actually they DID predict the arrival of White foreigners.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:31 am |
  26. Charles Barber

    Funny...no one is promised tomorrow. I like how scientist can predict what is going to happen that far out but they can't tell you with 100 percent certainty what the weather will be today.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:28 am |
    • only1

      I agree with you... They don't have all the answers either.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:42 am |
    • ElmerGantry

      Science is questions that may or may not be answered, religion is answers that are not allowed to be questioned.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:48 am |
    • ElmerGantry

      Funny thing though, each religion has their own set of unquestionable answers that for the most part are mutually exclusive from the other religions.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:50 am |
  27. Fran

    Holy crap!!!now wat do i do?shop for xmas or wait till the 22??hahahahahah

    December 13, 2012 at 5:21 am |
  28. Edgar02

    122112: ºwhydmayans chooose!! 4thecalendar2 ends?on 122112. Justhink is it because of our technology ect.

    December 13, 2012 at 4:25 am |
    • Leif

      What?

      December 13, 2012 at 4:34 am |
    • Tortfeasor

      They chose it because they were watching the stars. On that day, the sun rises directly in line with the black hole at center of the milky way, something that happens only once every 26,000 years.

      December 13, 2012 at 5:25 am |
  29. Leif

    NASA wouldn't have to waste money on informing the scientifically illiterate if America would make more of an effort to teach its children how to think.

    December 13, 2012 at 4:23 am |
  30. LordJesus

    Super Saians will come to earth on December 21 and seek out Kakarot

    December 13, 2012 at 3:57 am |
    • Mike

      Hopefully they will find you as well. No sense in a wasted trip.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:54 am |
      • Fran

        Hahaha luv it

        December 13, 2012 at 5:18 am |
      • Tabor

        BOL,now this is the best yet....NO NEED TO WASTE A TRIP,CLEAN UP ON EARTH !!!!!!

        December 13, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  31. Tacidus

    NASA states the world will not end on dec 21, 2012 and they are completely right. But what about natural disasters? The planet is going through a change. It's all around you, increased number of earthquakes, storms, UFO sightings. Mother earth is stressed and is regenerating herself by cooling down. December 21st noon-day is a time for an awakening for the masses to realize we are not alone and higher knowledge is available for those who wish to accept it. We must accept the fact that we are not on the right path to achieve peace and higher knowledge by waging wars between our own kind. wake up.

    December 13, 2012 at 3:54 am |
    • The Dude

      You're an idiot.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • vp

      dude's right, you're an idiot.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • gort

      What are you wearing?

      December 13, 2012 at 6:40 am |
  32. Harvey

    A friend of mine jokingly asked if I was ready for the world to end. Told him I was too busy to talk right now; but would back to him a day or two after the end.

    December 13, 2012 at 3:43 am |
  33. gone with the wind

    i'm going to have a large twinkie i paid a thousand dollars for, right after I smoke the phattest joint possible. (in washington of course)... then i'll wake up the next day and realize I made a bad investment.

    December 13, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Turning Texas Blue

      Lol! ...shouldn't have been listening to drunk Nate Silver : )

      December 13, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  34. highlyliberal

    perhaps the 21st will take care of my rash. the dam thing wont go away!

    December 13, 2012 at 2:58 am |
  35. bendoregon

    perhaps thats why the federal govt is stalling on getting things done. whats the point, we are all dead in the next week and a half

    December 13, 2012 at 2:55 am |
  36. phatchanceyo

    I'm going to eat a cheese burger on that day (pause).......................... with bacon. (long pause) ...........................extra bacon!

    December 13, 2012 at 2:51 am |
    • NJFP

      And fries! Don't forget the fries. With mayo to dip them in. Might as well get extra cheese on that burger too!!

      December 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  37. Uvindu

    It never belive !

    December 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • fiskenmann

      What???

      December 13, 2012 at 4:03 am |
  38. DeepSouth

    Its really a shame that all 5124 years the Myans worked hard on their calender, doing shift work to watch the stars night in and night out (no social life) all those years and nothing happens at the end...hmmm..makes you wonder...have doubt...what will or will not happen......

    What happend on the last allignment earth had with the other planets?.....We did not have electronics at that time and the power gride....

    I fear that the there might be cults that will have mass suicide the day of or day before the 21st, just like what happend in 1972?

    December 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • ironwolf56

      I'll agree with ya on the cults thing. At work we were discussing what we think will happy on 12/21; the consensus was nothing at all, but I did say I wouldn't be surprised if we woke up on 12/22 to news headlines about groups of loonies that went all Jonestown on us.

      December 13, 2012 at 2:39 am |
      • Epidi

        Sure something will happen – the sun will rise and it will be Yule – solstice day! :-)

        December 13, 2012 at 4:00 am |
      • Cpt. Branagan

        I agree with you ironwolf56...
        Also I want to hear about those other doomsdayers who purchased items on credit thinking that they will not have to pay of it..

        December 13, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  39. Kalki Venkateshwara

    Open website http://www.swastik.org for official website "End of world", "Kalki Jesus"

    December 12, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
  40. Tony

    Good reason not to buy christmas presents.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Leif

      Is there a bad reason?

      December 13, 2012 at 4:35 am |
    • pudgem11

      Funny!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  41. Tom

    True, but the culture you're talking about is called the Maya. Not Mayan. Mayan only accounts for the language. Everything else is Maya.

    December 12, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  42. truth

    thank god there will be fewer psychos on dec 22! i bet most of them will be on suicide watch on that day!! AHHHHHHH...... the world didn't end!!! ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! i bet crazies are emptying their bank accounts as we speak! it's going to be funny as the market take a huge hit because many psychos will max out their credit cards and then realized the world continues and they are responsible to pay those thousands of dollars back lol oopsie daisy!!! no money! so bankruptcy protections skyrocket starting jan 2013!!! at least one industry is thriving! crooks in belize scamming people out of thousands of dollars to bunk at their so-called safe-haven. oops! belize is a crappy corrupted place!

    December 12, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  43. Frank Tillery

    Well, I'm not going to do groceries or laundry until Saturday next week. No sense wasting a good day...

    December 12, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • pudgem11

      There you go!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:40 pm |
  44. Tim

    Awesome site showing The End of the World, as told by Instagram's #endoftheworld #december21 Real-Time Photos.

    http://instadoomsday.com/home

    December 12, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
  45. Sarah

    I'm curious why NASA just launched something yesterday and won't give details about it....

    December 12, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • PokingBears

      Same reason the military had an unmanned, completely autonomous drone in orbit for well over a year, Classified.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
      • Kandis

        If it was autonomous, then how was it the military? Autonomous communication means self controlled. IDIOT!

        December 12, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • PokingBears

        Thanks for the hate!

        December 12, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Pietro Foss

      X-37b: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2012/12/11/air-force-launch-top-secret-mini-shuttle/1761367/

      December 12, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Teddy

      because the shuttle they launched, which is unmanned, is a classified DOD project...theres alot of info out there about the X-37b if you want it though

      December 12, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
      • PokingBears

        Oh I know all about the shuttle itself, rather what I would like to know is what the military was doing for 400+ days wandering around in orbit. I call shenanigans.

        December 12, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  46. denis

    so all the past predicted events by the mayan calendar didnt happen at the exact time they said it would? better check again, they were in fact all correct. For instance, the most recent solar eclepse was a mere 33 sec off...and to uh oh you are so right, when they say it isnt so it almost always is exactly correct, the biggest flag wavers, repeat the big lie often and loudly and the weak minded will believe< guess we will all find out together, even the guys with the nice deep and well stocked bunders

    December 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • PokingBears

      Was this originally a different language translated to English or did you manage to fail that hard on purpose?

      December 12, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Leif

      There is a huge difference between prediciting a mechanical event like an eclipse and the "end of the world", whatever that means.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:39 am |
    • RickInNY

      Speaking of weak minded...

      December 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  47. Greg

    Here is another idea: Stop spending effort, time and resources to explain this to the stupid people – just let them believe whatever. What good will trying to educate them about calendars do, anyway? Lets face it – anyone who honestly believes the world will end because the Mayans say it will is beyond help. Even if the Mayan calendar did predict the end of the world – and it clearly does not – why the hell would the Mayans know anything that we do not about geophysics or astrophysics? This belief that the world will end because the Mayan calendar resets the long-count cycle is just multiple layers of stupid compounded upon one-another. What is the point of trying to educate someone who is embedded in stupid that deep? I am reminded of the old saying 'beware of arguing with an idiot – people might not be able to tell the difference'.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • PokingBears

      Second'd

      December 12, 2012 at 5:55 pm |
    • chaiguy

      why are you bothering to post then?

      December 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
      • Greg

        To make a suggestion – was that not obvious? Why are you bothering to ask?

        December 13, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Epidi

      I agree.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:04 am |
    • Leif

      Because noone is beyond redemption. If you can increase the wisdom of one person by one brain cell, it is worth it.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:37 am |
    • pudgem11

      Agree!

      December 14, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  48. UH OH!

    I wasn't worried about it until the government started guaranteeing that the world is not going to end. We are doomed.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • sam

      promise the world wont end, yet did not know of astroid passing between earth and moon last sunday. the answer is tell the massed what they want to here.

      December 12, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • cody

        Actually the asteroid passed closest to us last night at about 4.1 million miles away. We're still here, argument ne pas valide.

        December 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Jam One

      My feelings exactly. Just about every doomsday movie I have seen begins with the Government denying it is possible. Actually, if the world did end on 21/12/2012 it could get me out of a few jams.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:45 am |
  49. Tom

    Some of you people are funny, but some of you are really stupid.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
    • Frank Tillery

      Good one, my friend!

      December 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
  50. New Nostrodamus

    My prediction?

    Facebook is going to be really annoying on Dec 21st and Dec 22nd...

    Take that to the bank.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • PokingBears

      This is a prediction I can get behind.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:57 pm |
    • Chancho

      fabulous prediction

      December 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Daniel

      I can see that! It already is with this 12/12/12 business.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Leif

      So true.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:40 am |
  51. The Dead Critic

    If you want to know who some of the morons are in this world, look no further than the people who believe in this farce.

    December 12, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  52. Rick Springfield

    I'm hoping for the end for no other reason than I don't have to hear Aun't Mable tell her story about how the other side of the family cheated her side out of 100 acres of land that later became a million dollar per home development. I also don't have to eat Aunt Sissy's horrible dorrito salad made with wilted lettuce.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
    • PokingBears

      I have never understood wilted lettuce on salads and dips, I mean seriously! How many times have you made this disgusting dish now and you STILL have not figured it out. For pities sake woman, non metal knife(optional) + separate refigerated bag + apply just before serving = crisp lettuce.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  53. gusto

    If he's such a renowned scientist, then why was he having his photo taken on the stairwell?

    December 12, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
    • Nick

      It's BECAUSE he's such a renowned scientist that he gets to have his picture taken in the stairwell.

      All the normal scientists just get their pictures taken in the basements where they're kept.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
      • Nick

        So, you could say having his picture taken in the stairwell is actually a "step up"...

        December 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  54. AZ Sky Watcher

    THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc-R53wVT0Y&w=640&h=390]

    December 12, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
    • snowboarder

      as fun as that video is, the second bright object is certainly not nibiru as the relation of the object to the sun and the earth is not consistent. hoax or lense.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  55. Muddywolf

    Yesterday at 5 AM EST, a previously uncharted asteroid flew by the earth inside the orbit of the moon. Scientists only discovered it two days before our close encounter. Forget the Maya, Nostradamus, and Revelations, this is what we should be worried about.

    On Friday the 13th of April, 2029, asteroid Apophis, measuring almost a quarter-mile across will pass earth within the orbit of our satellites. We'll be able to see it with the naked eye. In 2036, on Sunday, April 13, it will return and could pass even closer. If anything this size hits the planet, it would explode with the power of 100,000 Hiroshima bombs and alter the world's climate for a decade. It's unlikely your typical doomsday prepper is ready for this.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
    • PokingBears

      Source or it never happened.

      December 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
      • Mr Bear

        You come over to poke me and you're stupid a$$ is going to be sorry, I'm going to put Nibiru up your a$$ and the world is going to end for you ... poking bears... my a$$

        December 13, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • howardfeinski

      Assuming that is true, an asteroid one inch across would pack the same energy as 1/6 of a Hiroshima bomb?

      December 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
      • Zelch

        Sound logic lmao

        December 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • Cpt. Branagan

      I agree Muddywolf....

      Oh and to the poster who said source or it never happened.. The Histroy Channel did a segment about this.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  56. AZ Sky Watcher

    The problem resides on that not only the Maya predicted a dooms day on 2012, but also the Hopi, the Aztecs, the Inca, even Nostradamus and the chinese Xin-Chin ??? And what happened to the galactic object that NASA discovered in 1983? ... How come we see patches in maps of the sky? ... How come NASA denies UFOs exist? ... I'd like not to believe NASA but they never have been truthful to us... WHY believe them now?

    December 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • PokingBears

      Because they are still more reputable then all of you doomsayers put together. Plus you have all been wrong EVERY time, where NASA results are often misinterpreted by the media and exaggerated by nutters. Plus you are on a computer, on the internet, broadcasting your ignorance and crazy all over the world thanks to them (and certain military orgs).

      December 12, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • John Wyndham

      1. The Maya predicted nothing. They just didn't write any more calendars (because they ran out of rock, because it's stupid to write calendars for hundreds of years into the future, because the rollover meant they could reuse existing calendars, whatever.)
      2. The Aztecs predicted nothing. Maya and Aztec cultures were separated by hundreds of years and thousands of miles, with very little cultural communication. The Aztec Sun Stone is a retelling of ages past, not the future.
      3. The Incas predicted nothing. They have nothing to do with this at all.
      4. The Hopi predicted nothing. They have nothing to do with this at all.
      5. The Chinese predicted nothing. They have nothing to do with this at all.
      6. Nostradamus was a hack who got into the "prophecy" business because it was in vogue at the time and there was good money to be made in it His "prophecies" have long since been debunked as swindlers twisting them to events in order to sell books and TV interviews, but nothing that he "foretold" has been proven true.
      7. None of the above have anything to do with each other. Anyone who believes otherwise is a fool.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
  57. Clyde M

    Man is NASA's face gonna be red when they rogue planet they still haven't detected yet smashes into Earth and kills us all next week. Better go see the Hobbit while you can...

    December 12, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
    • RickInNY

      OMG dude, I have the secret to survival, it's foolproof. If you send me $49.95 (plus shipping), I'll send you my book!! Interested??

      December 13, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
  58. MikeForNewYawk

    Wow you got to love the way the video starts..

    December 12, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • AZ Sky Watcher

      YES, it's like they aren't sure of what they're talking about... so they say, if you're watching this the day after... Ha haha

      December 12, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  59. MikeForNewYawk

    I think when this reality comes to an end, its going to happen so fast you will not even have time to fart.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
    • Jam One

      Yeah you will. Unfortunately that would be the last thing most of would do.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:58 am |
  60. Jeff

    Write your local government official and declare bankruptcy, since each of us is supposed to pay 50k to pay off the 16 trillion debt. Since it is illegal to make debt slavery, you will be granted you bankruptcy by law. Do this the 21st of December!! LOL

    Then stand back and watch the government go "TILT"!

    December 12, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  61. clubschadenfreude

    It is pretty funny to laugh at the idiots who think the world will end on December 21st. It's just as much fun to laugh at the religious, especially the Christians, who are sure that the "end times are a-comin' real soon now", when it's been what? Oh several millenia and still nothing happened yet.

    December 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
    • PokingBears

      You should see Hollywood Blvd, I have not seen so many "the End is Nigh" signs since... well actual last year 5/21/11... nm, hopefully they all drink the koolaid this time and we can live in peace without doomsayers.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • Clausen

      Just once could we have a comment section without some idiot trying to fire up a religious debate?

      Seriously? "Especially Christians"? Why can't atheists on the internet be respectful like the ones I know in real life?

      When you give a bigot a megaphone and put him inside of a bullet-proof case in the middle of a crowd, this is what you get.

      December 12, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
      • clubschadenfreude

        Yep, especially Christians, Claus. Because that religion is completely based on hoping for the end of the world and hopeing that anyone who doesn't agree with it is damned to eternal torture. Why should I respect that kind of hateful, sadistic garbage? It's just a power fantasy for people who think that they and only they have the "right" answer and who delude themselves into thinking that they and only they know what their god "really" wants. Sorry, you spouting "but but where's the respect" assumes that what you believe deserves that respect. It doesn't. Don't think you can shut people up by claiming that respect equals them not pointing out how your religion fails.

        Christianity is just as silly and stupid as those who would claim that the Mayans predicted such a thing. I know, I know, you poor thing, Clausen. How dare I remind you that your religion is just as ridiculous as all of those you don't believe in.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:33 am |
      • Turning Texas Blue

        @ Claus, some people flunked "plays well with others" in kindergarten....

        December 13, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • John Wyndham

      Not all Christians believe that, only fundies and people with severe mental issues. Most Christians, if they adhere to their faith's teachings, know that "nobody knows the time or the hour" when the end will come –and that the end refers exclusively to each individual's life, and that there's no such thing as the "end of the world." The "Second Coming" is entirely allegorical, the Book of Revelation is just a drug trip from a hermit with a bone to pick with the Roman Empire, and only Millenialists and religious nuts think either of them will be a real, physical event.

      December 13, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
      • clubschadenfreude

        I agree, not all Christians believe in anything that other Christians claim are words straight from God. Unfortunately, no Christian can show that their personal version of what their god "really meant" is any more coherent than the next. We have those that are sure that they know when the end of the world is coming since certain signs were prophecied. That makes the "no one knows the time or hour" to be rather contradictory. And golly, the Second Comming is now magically "allegorical". So is the death of a god/man on a piece of wood and saving everyone from some "original sin" magically allegorical too, not to have "really" happened? How do we determine what is "allegory" and what is literal? Is it just what the Christian feels like? I do enjoy seeing Christians all sure that they are the only "true" ones. I was one of those until I saw just how ridiculous all of it is. My sect's version of God was not the Catholics or the Baptists or the Mormons, etc. We were Presybyterians and unsuprisingly, we had no more evidence that our claims were any more right than those others. We were sure that predestination was the "right" answer but with nothing to support it. Just like every other religion and sect in the world.

        December 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  62. Kat

    So this is why none of our elected officials are worried about settling the Fiscal Cliff – we won't need money after the 21st!!! Wise Elected Officials! (And maybe why the NHL can't get their act together!). It all becomes quite clear Yoda!

    December 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  63. Daniel

    Now everybody sing! "It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!"

    December 12, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  64. False Flag Warning...

    maybe NASA is telling the truth ...but my spidey-sense and keen observations of this world for over 50 years tells me different. Something about my environment under the sun has changed and I'm not just talking about amount of daily chem-trailers in the sky either... or the strange noises, aberrant clouds and more intense sightings of UFO's, even the old fashion free standing compass is now off by 22 degrees! No NASA we don't have a problem with the earth heating up or the fact that the entire solar system is heating up .. remember? ...you made a video about that too. No NASA thats not your video images on you-tube showing the planet size anomalies engaging with the sun? or the massive comets colliding with the sun ...all seen through your heavenly devices. Will the REAL NASA please stand up!

    December 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • Shane

      Take the tin-foil hat off.

      Now breath, reality will set in soon and everything is fairly normal.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
      • False Flag Warning...

        it may be the same in your life Shane... how boring, its a party in mine... don't think that this is bad news... oh contraire' pierre' its gonna be a blast for those of us who are already powering into the 5th D. with eyes wide open. Hang onto your wigs ye of little faith.

        December 12, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Jimmy J

      ROFL!!! Chem trails. You conspiracy nuts are a hoot.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
    • False Flag Warning...

      Hey Jimmy, if you spent as much time looking up as you do down at your weenie ...then you might actually notice something amazing. I guess they don't bother spraying in lower dogpatch eh?

      December 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • RickInNY

      Weren't you told at Woodstock to NOT eat the BROWN acid? Either that, or you've found the next generation of weed. My hope, it's the latter...got any more, or where do I get some?!!

      December 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  65. Jeff

    Like any good rollerdex, the pad just flips over and starts again. ;)

    December 12, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  66. Ptolomaeus

    So the world doesn't end on 12/21/12. That's a total bummer. That means I have to go to work the day after the world didn't end :P

    December 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Will S

      You don't *have* to go to work!

      December 12, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
    • something

      but the 22nd is a saturday!

      December 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  67. Jeff

    December 21st is when it's announced one of the Voyagers hits a wall and we are all inside a fish bowl!

    December 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • MikeForNewYawk

      good one..

      December 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  68. Jeff

    WoWzers! Have you seen the new propose Mayan Calendar coming out the 22nd? I have no idea where they got so many Mayan Goddesses for the spread, but they sure are hot!

    December 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
    • Tom In Dallas

      LMAO
      At a cheescake shot per month for several thousand years it would have to be an amazing layout!

      December 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  69. its not the end of the World ...its the top of cycle, the calendar restarts over.

    DONT PANIC!

    December 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
    • Sponge

      Duh! Anyone reading the article would have known that.

      December 12, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
      • ElmerGantry

        True, but somebody had to point that out to those who didn't read it!

        December 13, 2012 at 7:05 am |
  70. Thomas

    NASA better be wrong. Based on the end, I have not gotten my wife a Christmas present. If the world does not end, I am dead.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
    • Ptolomaeus

      So, basically, since you prepared for the end of the world, you didn't buy your wife an anniversary present... It might be the end of your world... I hope you preparations included hiding all cast iron skillets and rolling pins.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • Ptolomaeus

        oops, meant Christmas present. I was thinking about my anniversary, which comes soon.

        December 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  71. Dave

    Dec 21st. end of the world.
    That is good news it means that I will win the Lottery before then.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  72. Jeff

    First the Sumerians correctly identified the planets with the sun in the center. Then culture change the world to being flat. Then Galileo change it to round again. I wonder, on Dec 21st, does the Earth become flat again?

    Yes, the Sumerian culture new of the planets, shape and order. They knew about Pluto and Uranus and Neptune too. They knew Earth was the 7th planet counting from the outside in towards the Sun. They knew Uranus and Neptune color too. Imagine that, all 6000 years ago. They also said humans were created from sky beings. Surprise it is history and not myth and it's true. They also did not mention any ending of the world, so no worries ok.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Daremonai

      No.. they knew about to Saturn, the last planet that is visible to the unaided eye.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
  73. raforrester

    The world doesn't end. The warranty just expires. After that we have to pay for any damage we do to the earth.

    December 12, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
    • Jenny

      *snort*

      December 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  74. Leni

    Oh, no... the calendar on my wall ends on Dec 31st. Must be the end of the world on Dec 31st

    December 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  75. Jeff

    We should go as Al Gore. He invented the internet. He knows everything!

    LoL...... snort.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
    • Freebus

      You mean, we should "go as Al Gore" to some type of end-of-the-world costume party?

      Nah, I'm gonna be Mad Max. More appropriate to the subject matter.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  76. Jeff

    I wonder if the peoples at the Twinkie factory know something?

    December 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  77. Leon

    Sooo, release date 22 December? ... okay O.o am I the only one seeing a problem with that?

    December 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Your Dad

      Yes. You are.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  78. Jeff

    Gossip from the White House:

    Sir, how will we distract the public of the dooms day December 21st, 2012. I got it! We'll create the fiscal cliff and have all the public eyes focus on a few weeks later. When everyone goes to sleep the 20th, they will sleep well not worrying about the 21st and have a good night sleep, prior to all their demise.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  79. w l jones

    As far as the mayan calander and end of the world well! every every time a person dies that the end of his world.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Jeff

      ....... only if your only belief system is in science.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • BadClips

        Jeff, believing in science isn't optional. Unless you're crazy.

        December 12, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • John Wyndham

        Science isn't a belief system, science is the search for natural truth based on objective observation of how the universe works, and you can't "believe" in it any more or any less than you can believe in math. Belief and faith are up to your personal spirituality and entirely subjective.

        December 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  80. Gregg

    I like Harmbringer's post. I wonder where I can buy a huge, sandstone tablet.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
  81. Jeff

    I believe December 21st is rather moot. The fascinating question would be, why would an culture create a calendar 5124 years long and begin in the year 3114 BC, way way before their own culture even existed.
    Now that is bizarre!

    The worst thing of this Mayan dooms day hocus pocus, is it will saturate the internet between now and the 21st as if some kind of bad virus or spam. What a pain!

    December 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
  82. John

    NASA needs to back off! I think its very beneficial for people to think about the possibility of an end of world event even if no one really takes it very serious. I think it helps us to realize that things like climate change are a very real and current threat and that people need to take things more serious like global warming and the numerous threats from space, such as asteroids, comets, gamma ray bursts, solar coronal mass ejections and EMP's, and that we should do all we can to ensure human survival from these threats. If we dont have this imaginary "trial run" to make us think about such things and take them a little more serious then we will just go on with our day to day nonsense like only talking about things like the latest celebrity gossip.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • PokingBears

      Really? Y2K? Here was one even closer, 5/21/11? Did any of them inform anyone of a doomsday solution, no, all it did was breed more crazy fools. Are you really that foolish or just trolling?

      December 12, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  83. Xibalba

    They debunk all these points, but did you notice how they conveniently didn't say anything about zombies?

    December 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm |
    • Jeff

      Why you have to mention zombies. Now I'll be awake all night long, sheesh! You know it was zombies that ended the Mayan culture in the first place.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
    • texas5555

      SHHHHHH....you were not supposed to bring up the zombies. Now everyone will know about them

      December 12, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
    • JA

      The CDC website even has a section to prepare for the zombie apocalypse.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
    • jack sheeite

      Some are made to be killed by zombies, others are made to kill zombies.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  84. Jeff

    Thank God, December 21st is a friday. I can sleep in.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Gregg

      Jeff - THIS IS FUNNY!

      December 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  85. Derp.

    So if this were true, than Asia would be the first to go in sequence since they hit the date a day before us, right? The US would be last to go? I just love organized disasters, they follow those time zones perfectly!

    December 12, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • Jeff

      Yes of course, as countries receive their time zone doom, the flat Earth would just roll up and become a tube.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • Anna

      It's happening at 11:11 a.m. universal time. 6:11 a.m. NYC time.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
      • Dave

        6:11? My alarm goes off at 6:10. I will have one minute to live.

        December 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • leo

      well the mayan's lived here in north america, so for us it is the 21st and for china the 22nd but back then they didnt know about china so it was all the same day?because really well all be doing the same things at the same time. the chinese calendar just says the 22 while ours is the 21st but really its the same point in time.

      December 13, 2012 at 5:20 am |
  86. Buck

    If we find out that the world actually is coming to an end, then perhaps this new discovery by NASA will enliven us all with a glimpse of hope in knowing that there are other 'life sustaining' planets out there we can occupy.....

    http://www.fountainsofthegreatdeep.com/Alien.htm

    December 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
    • snowboarder

      nasarthebest – always good for a laugh.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  87. todd in DC

    You forget. Mental patients have access to better drugs.

    December 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  88. Joe

    3114 BC eh? There goes the popular belief that we began at 65,000,000 years ago.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  89. Waste

    If CNN would do real reporting, you would disclose the amount of money NASA (the goverment) spent on this nonsense.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • DrJStrangepork

      I am perfectly happy with my tax dollars going to Nasa to explore the universe and explain things to stupid people so I don't have to. I think that is great value for the money spent.

      December 12, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • PokingBears

      They are more than welcome to use my tax payer dollars to fund more vids like this if the military is going to use my tax dollars to fund BS wars.

      December 12, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  90. STEVED

    What a great day 12-21-2012 its friday, across the nation the Bar's wiill be packed with loose women, booze,
    wanna be's, a listers, middle classers, dems, gop... everybody let's party !!!!!!!! merry x-mas to all

    December 12, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • xirume

      Sign me right up !!!

      December 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm |
  91. Jeff

    Dooms day has aready come. The twinkie factory is closed, waaaaaaa.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
  92. Junb

    I am more worried about the end of the month, need to pay the rent, utilities etc. And also, the end of the month reports at work. I need to crunch these numbers soon–that is the scary part. lol

    December 12, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • RickInNY

      Ugh, brought me back to reality...Not cool ;)

      December 13, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  93. toydrum

    Let's see... Friday night - check. Last Friday before Christmas so a lot of people are starting on vacation - check. Doomsday prediction - check. PARTY TIME!

    December 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  94. snowboarder

    the difference between a prophet and a mental patient is simply the gullibility of those who surround them.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
    • Jeff

      She is a blonde patient with a multiple personality narcissistic disorder. She was clueless to what she was babbling about, but she was absolutely confident she was right, while being completely beside herself as she listens to herself go on and on.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • Janet

        so, you KNOW my niece??

        December 12, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • ngc1300

      Truer words were never spoken.

      December 12, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  95. Jeff

    If the Mayan dooms day is equal to the fiscal cliff, dooms day will just have to be delayed for further arguing, lol.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  96. Jeff

    The Mayans calendar is 5124 years long. If you just pause and think about any culture that makes plans to this length is an indication of being optimistic. I personally am looking forward to the beginning of the NEW Mayan calendar December 22nd 2012 5124 years long towards the future!

    December 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  97. Harmbringer

    Oh by all the gods.. really?

    YEASH! you know what happens on 12/21/12, if you follow the Myan calendar?

    The same thing that happesn on December 31 2012.. You plan to go out the next day and buy a NEW Calendar!

    December 12, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  98. rogo

    Dang, guess I will have to buy Christmas presents after all...

    December 12, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
  99. db

    Oh sure, it's easy to come out and debunk the end of the world because if the end of the world really does happen, these debunkers won't be around to be told they were wrong. There's no risk!

    December 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  100. End of the ...yea, right.

    Dream on. Those bills will keep on coming through Alien invasion, Godzilla attack, massive tsunami, om coming
    asteroid ... even when you're dead and buried. Sorry, there's no escape fellow Americans.

    December 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
    • MacInBlack1970

      Exactly! don't quit your job thinking you're scott free from your bills and responsibilities doomsday preppers and doom and gloom whoa is me fools!

      Hhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaa

      December 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • marsh0

        lol. I believe that is "woe is me".
        But whoa!!! whatever.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • Leif

      Fine, then I have a bet for you. If the world ends in 2012 you can have my immortal soul. If the world is still here on January 1st, pay me one dollar. I predic that I will be one dollar richer.

      December 13, 2012 at 4:45 am |
      • Leif

        That should have been prefaced with @db

        December 13, 2012 at 4:47 am |
      • jack sheeite

        That's assuming you HAVE a soul.

        December 13, 2012 at 10:43 am |
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