Gut Check: Making simple sense out of life
By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: December 27th, 2012
Why the world didn’t end?

It’s been a burning question for me ever since 12:30 on Friday, Dec. 21 came and went, and I was still standing. And my son’s tuition bill still remained unpaid. What gives? I thought the planet was going to implode or spin off its axis or go offline.

If it’s any consolation, you can find the answers from NASA. That’s right. Concerned about the effect this recent doomsday prophecy was having on the general population, NASA released a video to be aired on Dec. 22 to explain why we are all still here.

“The world will not end in 2012,” NASA wrote. “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.”

For those who’ve wondered about the Mayan calendars abrupt end, NASA addresses that too.

“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,” NASA wrote. “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.”

Click here to see the video. 

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