Doomsday rumors are causing people across the globe to panic
CONFIRMED: Reports of people affected by doomsday rumors widespread
Armageddon fears are so widespread a NASA scientist has set up a website to field doomsday scenarios.
"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," NASA astrobiologist David Morrison is quoted as saying in the government's official response to the Armageddon rumor mill, Gawker.com reports. If you have a question, you can submit it to a Senior Scientist here. The NASA site warns: “we don’t do school homework.”
ABC News, citing officials in China, says a man who went into a school in central China and stabbed 23 children last week was "psychologically affected" by doomsday predictions.
Vatican Disputes Doomsday Rumors
The Rev. Jose Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, wrote in the Vatican newspaper that 'it’s not even worth discussing' doomsday scenarios based on the Mayan calendar that are flooding the Internet ahead of the purported December 21 apocalypse.
He acknowledged that the universe is slowly expanding but that the destruction of the Earth – if it ever does occur – will not happen for billions of years.
JELL-O to save the world from Mayan apocalypse
JELL-O will try to save the world from the Mayan-predicted apocalypse by appeasing the gods with an unexpected and fun offering of JELL-O Pudding, nbcnews.com says in a press release from the company.
“In lieu of traditional, boring vegetable offerings to the Mayan gods, JELL-O is offering a fun sacrifice of pudding in an attempt to save the world from the impending apocalypse,” the press release says. “JELL-O will share their big plans with 60- and 30-second TV spots called ‘Fun to the Rescue.’ JELL-O will also sponsor apocalypse-themed programming on cable networks throughout the week, all part of the goal to ‘fun things up.’”