For those still wondering whether or not we all have less than 16 days to live before the world explodes, the Federal Government would like to remind you that no, you’ll still have to pay taxes next April.
The Feds became the latest entity earlier this week forced to confront rumors of the Mayan Apocalypse against a backdrop of growing unease from some clearly misinformed members of the public.
“The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012,” a blog post on USA.gov declares (naturally, leaving the door wide open for the end of the world in 2013).
“Unfortunately, these rumors have many people frightened, especially children,” they continue. “NASA has received thousands of letters concerned about the end of the world. David Morrison, a planetary astronomer and senior scientist for NASA who answers questions from the public about astrobiology, says, ‘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.'”
So take it from us – a few weeks from now, you won’t be wishing you stayed awake long enough to watch the end of “2012” to see how John Cusack and Amanda Peet survived the apocalypse. Still don’t believe it? Check out NASA’s explanation for why we’ll all still be around come December 22nd.