1. The American government wants you to know that the world isn’t ending this month, despite what you may have heard about the Mayan apocalypse.


    In a Dec. 3 blog post on USA.gov called "Rumors about the World Ending in 2012 Are Just Rumors," officials point out that these type of conspiracy theories have been commonplace on the internet for some time.
  2. The government draws upon NASA research to show that many of the more common theories have already been thoroughly debunked. 

    "Many of these rumors involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won’t), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no)… The world will not end on Dec. 21, 2012, or any day in 2012," wrote officials, later linking to this YouTube video from NASA in which scientists elaborate further.
  3. 12-21-2012 Just Another Day (Updated version)
  4. They may only be rumours, but the threat of a 2012 Doomsday is causing anxiety for some Americans according to NASA. Especially those who are young.


    "At least a once a week I get a message from a young person ― as young as 11 ― who says they are ill and/or contemplating suicide because of the coming doomsday," said planetary atronomer and NASA senior scientist David Morrison to USA.gov.
  5. Entire communities of "preppers," people who are training themselves to survive through disasters, can be seen emerging both online and in real life as well.

    National Geographic's popular new reality show "Doomsday Preppers" follows the lives of people preparing to survive through the Mayan apocalypse they expect Dec. 21, 2012, contributing to the trend.
  6. Of course, many others are poking fun at the concept, making jokes about the correlation between the Mayan "Doomsday" and the holiday shopping season.
  7. Others are sarcastically thanking the U.S. government for making such an assuring post, and publicly fretting over what it means that there was a need for them to do so.