Nasa has been working hard to reassure people that we're not about to get smashed into the Sun by a rogue asteroid, telling people to stop spreading stupid internet nonsense about the misinterpreted Mayan calendar thing. The world is not going to end any time soon, so you'd better carry on paying your mobile bill.
In fact, there's a pretty sad underside to these stupid claims of a 2012 apocalypse. Nasa scientist David Morrison has revealed that the space agency has been receiving letters and emails from upset kids, who are genuinely worried about the world ending. Calling it a "manufactured fantasy," Morrison said: "I’m disturbed by letters from kids who are afraid. I think that is the worst part of this hoax, and it is a hoax."
Anyone who's old enough to remember the terror of nuclear apocalypse that hung in the air in the 70s and 80s will know how badly rumours of doom can impact on little minds, so if you see a sad Welsh goth teenager moping about on December 21st, give them a hug. Tell them it's not the end of the world and they'll soon grow out of the black eyeliner thing. [Nasa via Slashgear]