NASA Flooded with Phone Calls Over Mayan Calendar Doomsday Dec. 21

| by Michael Allen

NASA recently told the Los Angeles Times that it has been flooded with phone calls and emails from people asking about the supposed end of the world, December 21, 2012.

The myth may have originated with the Mayan calendar, but has grown to enormous proportions on the web.

NASA spokesman Dwayne Brown told the Los Angeles Times that the space agency typically receives about 90 calls or emails per week.

However, in recent weeks, Brown said 200 to 300 people are contacting NASA every day to ask about the end of the world.

NASA has spent taxpayer money to post interviews with scientists online and on a web page that drawn more than 4.6 million views, all to debunk the doomsday myth.

NASA also released a four-minute video (below) called 'Why the World Didn't End Yesterday'  last week to help spread its message.  The video has gotten over 2 million views on YouTube.

Brown said: "We kind of look ahead, we're a look-ahead agency, and we said, 'You know what? People are going to probably want to come to us. We're doing all that we can do to let the world know that as far as NASA and science goes, Dec. 21 will be another day."