Thursday, December 20, 2012

NASA denies world's end as queries skyrocket

If there's one US government body really looking forward to December 22, it's NASA. The space agency said it had 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 December 21.

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

An agency spokesman, Dwayne Brown, said NASA usually received about 90 calls or emails a week with questions from the public. But in recent weeks the number had rocketed, and between 200 and 300 people a day had been contacting NASA to ask about the end of the world. ''Who's the first agency you would call?'' he said. ''You're going to call NASA.''