2012 Most Ridiculous Movie Ever Says NASA, Common Sense

Of course it is! We all know the world is going to end this year, not next. Ahem. According to those eggheads at NASA -- the same ones who made a big deal about an arsenic-based "alien" life form on earth -- Roland Emmerich's disaster porn 2012 is such a bad example of science-fiction, that it doesn't even deserve to be called science. "The agency is getting so many questions from people terrified that the world is going to end in 2012 that we have had to put up a special website to challenge the myths," said Donald Yeomans, the head of NASA's Near-Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission. "We have never had to do this before." Fun! Let's check this sucker out.

Titled "2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End?" the NASA site is a font of frequently asked questions regarding the end of the world. A sampling.

Question (Q): Are there any threats to the Earth in 2012? Many Internet websites say the world will end in December 2012.

Answer (A): Nothing bad will happen to the Earth in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012.

Q: What is the origin of the prediction that the world will end in 2012?

A: The story started with claims that Nibiru, a supposed planet discovered by the Sumerians, is headed toward Earth. This catastrophe was initially predicted for May 2003, but when nothing happened the doomsday date was moved forward to December 2012. Then these two fables were linked to the end of one of the cycles in the ancient Mayan calendar at the winter solstice in 2012 -- hence the predicted doomsday date of December 21, 2012.

Q: Does the Mayan calendar end in December 2012?

A: Just as the calendar you have on your kitchen wall does not cease to exist after December 31, the Mayan calendar does not cease to exist on December 21, 2012. This date is the end of the Mayan long-count period but then -- just as your calendar begins again on January 1 -- another long-count period begins for the Mayan calendar.

And so on. Unfortunately the NASA site makes no mention of mass bird and fish deaths, so whether or not they're a signifier for the end of days is still unclear. In the meantime, it would be best to avoid not only 2012 but also The Core, Armageddon and Volcano if you want actual science with your blockbusters. Pfft, so NASA is telling us that Bruce Willis and a team of oil riggers couldn't stop an asteroid from destroying Earth by using undersea drilling equipment and a nuclear bomb? Puh-leeze.

· Film Least Likely to Happen in the Real World? '2012' [Airlock Alpha via /Film]


  • TurdBlossom says:

    Everyone knows that the Appocalypse is nigh. The release of Snooki's first book, "A Shore Thing" pretty much guaranteed it.

  • stolidog says:

    Did you see Joan River's new haircut? The end is nigh indeed.

  • The Winchester says:

    We're only a few years away from Ass: The Movie, aren't we?

  • Stewart E. Geworsky says:

    Maybe if we all looked at what the biblical truth's have to say about it, we'd realize that it is there that the answer lies...Not NASA. And I don't mean the way in which Hollywood looks at Biblical truths. You have to remember that our Hollywood movie makers will very often take parts of the Bible and then add some of the more spicy juices in order to bring in the box office bucks. Let's face it...we all sometimes add our own ingredients to an original recipe in order to make it more flavorful.

  • Mother's Little Helper says:

    Let's spin up the FTL and get the hell away from these toasters.

  • Intelligent person says:

    I don't see why people are asking NASA. They are the last people on earth that we should be asking. Take a look at how irresponsible they are with money.
    These are not the most intelligent people on the planet. They are just pencil pushers who have (1) made a lot of mistakes in the past and (2) keep getting money to make more mistakes.
    PS: A lot of those answers they gave didn't really answer the question asked. Sounds like NASA is failing yet again. lol

  • stolidog says:

    But Skyline is still real, right?

  • MikeE says:

    Come on.
    For god's sake, "2012" is a disaster movie. WHY do "scientists" feel the need to "dispel the errors" in a fictional adventure movie?
    Instead of worrying about a movie, they should be more concerned with the gradually lowering IQ of the American populace, as demonstrated by the countless inquiries they are receiving regarding the FICTIONAL end of the world in a FICTIONAL movie.
    Sounds to me more like NASA is looking for attention/funding.