Mayan Apocalypse hysteria so widespread, NASA publishes a debunker


67 Responses to “Mayan Apocalypse hysteria so widespread, NASA publishes a debunker”

  1. forwardourmotto says:

    I like how NASA notes that the Mayan calendar doesn’t actually predict the end of the world. It kind of bugs me when people attribute the prediction to the Mayans.

  2. As far as I can tell that “hysteria” is virtually nonexistent. Has anyone met a single person who actually believes the world is about to end?

    • Gilbert Wham says:

      Yes. Lots of them. Some very dear friends of mine and my crazy mother among them. Some people should not be allowed internet…

      • Have they actually been acting like people who truly believe that, though? Quitting jobs, selling off possessions, cashing in retirement plans and such to spend their last few weeks with their loved ones? I sure haven’t met anyone like that, and I live in a city swarming with New-Agers.

        •  Never seen “doomsday preppers” have you?

        • Gilbert Wham says:

          At least one person I know with this particular memetic infection is planning on spending the last few days in the house with family, ‘just in case’, yes. It’s really sad, she’s so fucked up by all this crap, and she’s one of my closest friends, and I love her very much, but I just can’t get through to her how damaging this garbage is, as she sees it as a personal attack if I try to counter any statements she makes about it (also Chemtrails, Flouridation = mind-control, Illuminati, HAARP, and so on).  You’re right though, as the date draws nearer, most of ‘em seem to be doing a lot of mumbling and hand-waving about how it’s going to be a ‘shift in global consciousness’, rather than the ‘Fuck, we’re all gonna get squashed by Nibiru! Aieeee! Run!’ of six months ago…

          I really, really fucking hate this particular brand of woo, it’s pernicious and destructive, and too many lovely, bright, creative people I know have been caught by it.

      • Ian G says:

        A co-worker used up all his holiday and comp time where I work “just in case…”

        • OK, but a “just in case” attitude by a handful of already-loopy folks isn’t exactly my idea of mass hysteria.

          • elix says:

            In this YouTube video (linked in the NASA article this post is about), one of the NASA scientists states that NASA has been receiving letters from people, mostly kids and teens, who are considering suicide because they’re terrified that the world is going to end because of this stupid shit. 
            Jump to 5:30 or so for the question and Dave Morrison’s answer, including a teacher that was approached by the parents of two students and told that the parents were planning to murder their kids and then commit suicide because of the supposed apocalypse.

          • Baldhead says:

            Never understood committing suicide in reaction to an end of the world scenario. Well at all, of course, but if this prediction is right, end of the world you die. If it’s wrong, end of your world, you die. Everyone else is just fine, however.  Why not bet on the better outcome? Seems like you have the better chance at coming out ahead.

          • Ian G says:

            Plus I think you are really limiting yourself with that definition of hysterical reactions… 

    • Gerald Mander says:

       No, but I’ve met a married person who does.

    • Sirkowski says:

      A crazy woman told me I was gonna die. So that’s at least one.

    • Richard says:

      Yes I have. Because of an early flight out of Heathrow I took a taxi rather than the Tube. At least the driver didn’t mention the Mayan calendar directly, but he covered similar, related topics in excruciating detail as he drove:

      He noted that a nuclear war with Iran was only narrowly averted by the re-election of Obama. (The driver is Persian, and more importantly to him one of the few living Sumerians).

      UFO flies into a Volcano (MEXICO)–MEXICO-

      Sumerians and the Anunnaki. A presentation By Zecharia Sitchin

      At least he delivered me there in a timely fashion. So that I could be here when the world collapses after the huge UFO blows up the volcano and shifts the continents about… this month.

      While I can understand the middle eastern drivers needing to give some reason and order to the chaos of their lives that caused them to be driving a taxi in London now, I certainly was less than convinced I should become immediately concerned.

      • Mark Lee McDonald says:

        Yeah, well that first one may not be so crazy; who the fuck knows what kind of shit Romney would’ve gotten us into.

        • Richard says:

           Right. But unfortunately in the context the taxi driver was constructing with B.O. as an ancient wise man who will save the world, I rather had my doubts even about that apparently simple observation.

    •  I fully agree. The hysteria is an illusion. The whole issue has been very quite for the past 6 mths or longer. BUT… maybe this quietness is something to fear? Why are NASA talking about hysteria when there is no hysteria? ARRGGhhhh the world is going to end! :-D

    • Halloween_Jack says:

       They’re not as noticeable because they’re not members of a single doomsday cult that tend to be loud and proselytizing in their beliefs. Plus, of course, there’s the “happy” version of the prediction in which the Singularity will just sort of happen and there’s no particular need to get ready for it.

    • niktemadur says:

      Yes I have, unfortunately, even a college graduate among them, which baffles me.
      Independently from the ’12 apocalyptic trappings, I’ve also met people who seriously believe that Niburu is a scientific theory, and every time I ask them the same question:  “You listen to Art Bell, don’t you?”  They nod.  Every time.

      Therein lies a big chunk of the problem – Clear Channel. If they aren’t feeding morning bullshit from an obese oxycontin junkie, it’s the late night bullshit from coast to coast. As toxic as Fox, maybe even more so.

  3. Funk Daddy says:

    Couldn’t it just end for them? 

    For just $1000 cash and a document certifying me as your sole beneficiary I will weld you into a 50 gallon barrel and drop you into the ocean. This is the only surefire way to survive the coming apocalypse! Act now! Offer good to first 100,000 customers! Barrels are limited!

  4. Daemonworks says:

    You mean the same group of people that tracks Santa? Very convincing.

  5. Boundegar says:

    Laugh now, mockers.  We’ll see who’s laughing when Hun-Hunahpu is eating you like popcorn.

  6. planettom says:

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  7. Alexandros says:

    God, I´m so glad when that bullshit is over…
    Its like the Y2K bug, just more idiotic.

    • Dan Hibiki says:

       i got some nice over time pay for that one.

    • TimRowledge says:

      Except for the whole thing about y2k problems being real issues and being averted by a whole lot of people doing a whole lot of actual useful work and actually solving the freaking problem. Aside from that, yeah just like it.

      And when exactly is boing boing going to replace this idiotic disqus system with something that works?

    •  I’m sure the computer programmers who toiled in obscurity to ensure Y2K wasn’t apocalyptic appreciate your suggestion that it was idiotic to be concerned about it. Your world would have come to an end if it wasn’t for the geeks who still knew COBOL. But go ahead and dismiss the massive effort it took to keep your ATM machine running, your cable service operating, and the filtration plant processing the poo out of your drinking water.

      • Johannes Ney says:

        But what about the millions of small businesses that did not have the ressources to hire some COBOL wizard? And the many countries that did not react quite as extreme as the US? They did not go down in a fireball of chash-less bored people dying of poor sanitation, did they?

        I am not saying more problems wouldn’t have arisen with less preparation, but I am very skeptical of the narrowly avoided catastrophy narrative. I think it was to a large extend a media hype. 

        That being said, since it was at least a legitimate concern it is not really fair to compare it to utter idiocy like this.

      • ocker3 says:

         Not to mention the 1999 bug, I knew a number of people who were up late making sure that didn’t cause too many problems.

  8. Lobster says:

    Why am I going to trust a government-funded organization whose SOLE PURPOSE is getting off the planet?

  9. Ping Kee says:

    The belief that the end of the world is nigh is quite widespread in China, with one company even giving employees a holiday on 20-21 Dec so they can spend time with their families on the last day… 

  10. Anne Onimos says:

    How did you manage to give this a racial angle?  Oh, right.  You’re USAmerican—everything can have a racial angle.

  11. Ha, 
    Fools its ending and here is our Prime minister announcing it:
    That my friends is as official as it gets… I’m off buy 10,000 liters of fuel and add wheel knives to the  XB Falcon. 

  12. msbpodcast says:

    I think that NASA should be using this as an opportunity to cull the herd of the weakest minds among us by just shutting up.

    If the feeble minded out there believe that the world is ending whenever, let em.

    The day after, NASA should issue a pronouncement about the survivors having better luck time.

  13. ANDREW BREEN says:

    Meh.  I suppose a nihilistic approach is apropos, right?  If it happens, we’re fucked.  If it doesn’t, we’ll all slog to our dead-end jobs, processed foods, and crushing consumer debt–just like every other day.  Six one, half dozen the other.   

  14. Joe_Bingham says:

    100% of people who drink water will die.  Uga buga!

  15. Ryan Woodhouse says:

    This kind of idiotic rubbish needs to stop NOW!

  16. Kram.02 says:

    No worries  Dec 21, tis wifes B’day, we big party. BIG worry as Southern Ocean (surrounds Antarctica) reverses direction of circulation. Lowest 1/3 of southern ocean warming CATASTROPHICALLY fast NOW = melt ice caps from beneath + expansion water > changed ocean currents globally, therefore practice swimming + adjust to drinking salty water. PS, Don’t Worry much     

  17. Kram.02 says:

    other PS, google “sun objects”. Worldwide news item 20 mths ago, forgotten in 2 days. Still there. NASA pictures, No Nasa Answers

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