|Rumors of an apocalypse in 2012 are being spread by people in order to make money.|
A Thank You from Astrogeek
To all of the participants in this site, please read my heart-felt thank you.
Don't be Scammed!
There are some things you need to know about the rumors of the "end of the world" or "Doomsday" in 20121.
The "2012 doomsday" is a hoax, a fraud, and an absolute con job. It is a cruel and disgusting lie being promoted by scam artists after money; First they scare people to death that something terrible is going to happen, then publish books and videos on "how to survive the apocalypse". Get the scam?! You're not going to fall for something like that… right?
The problem is that some people will fall for the scam. Some people will believe it. Some people will waste their money buying fake information on "how to survive". Some people will buy worthless survival kits, and some will even buy spaces in shelters that are not going to be built - ever!.
Some people will die because of these rumours, and we are trying our best to stop them
If you think we are being overly dramatic, then consider this example. In September, 2008, a young woman in India became distraught and depressed after watching well made but over-hyped reports about the Large Hadron Collider. She believed these shows when they said that the LHC would cause a 'miniature big bang' or create a black hole, and destroy the world. She drank insecticide. She was 16.
Remembering Isabel Taylor
On September 24th, 2011, at 3:15 PM, the mother of a teenager named Isabel Taylor found Isabel hanging in her bedroom2. Isabel had committed suicide in part over fear and anxiety over the reported doomsday rumors. This is the first well-documented case of suicide that we have seen over fears of the 2012 doomsday. We would really like to think that it will be the last.
On 3-8 June 2012, Gary and Ingrid Taylor successfully completed a 70 mile stretch of the South West Coastal Path over seven days to raise £2,200 for the Farm Animal Sanctuary in memory of their 16 year old daughter, Isabel, who sadly died in September 2011.
Donations to Isabel's favorite charity can be made here.
Why we made this site
One of us regularly visits local school classrooms, giving an astronomy talk and Q&A session, and has been doing this for 5th and 8th grade classrooms since 2006. Beginning in 2008, a shift in the nature of the questions was noticed over the year before. Instead of the classic "What would happen if you fell into a black hole?" the questions were trending to subjects with a more apocalyptic theme: "What's really going to happen in 2012?" and "Somebody told me a planet is going to hit us in 2012". When the students were asked where they had heard this information, the top two sources named were Yahoo! Answers and YouTube.
A visit to Yahoo! Answers disclosed that A) There were a lot of people asking 2012 questions and B) there were a lot of people giving incorrect information about 2012. We began writing a "2012 hoax" page in January of 2009, and immediately began getting feedback from many different people who were scared and confused by all of the 2012 doomsday talk. Each time a new 'issue' (or rumor) was raised, the article grew.
By April 2009 the article had swelled to several thousand words, and it became apparent that it needed to be broken up into smaller topical articles. In conjunction with other authors, amateur astronomers, astrophysicists, chemists, and school teachers, this site was born.
…[I] am a teacher and my 3rd graders are hearing about this - A small child is talking about how if its ending, and why she shouldn't just end it now. This isn't anywhere close to funny any more.
On the comments page of this site, a mother of a 7 year old said:
I have a 7 year old that happened to see a documentary on the history channel that scared him so bad, that he became depressed and began to question the meaning of life. He is 7 years old. This nonsense is scaring our children - it must stop immediately. I found this website and tried the best I can to explain to him it was all a hoax.
In order to make some money, several 'authors', 'scientists', video producers, and, in select cases, even the History Channel have churned up an international hoax, which is scaring young people, children, to the point where they are talking about suicide, or questioning the meaning of life (by the way, we have an article on how to help your kids deal with this hoax).
Fear and ignorance can kill. Children are too gullible for these horrible rumors.
This has gone too far.
Recently, one of us took the decision to investigate into the false entrepeneurs selling the scam and found a rather laughable excuse for an e-mail, and here is a brief summary of its content:
"How do I know what's going to happen in 2012? Well I cannot explain in exact detail, but I have researched enough to know how much danger humanity is in.''
This is irrefutable evidence that even those so confident about 'doomsday' are desperately looking for more 'evidence'.
This site is dedicated to exposing and debunking the many claims made about an apocalypse in the year 2012. Hopefully it will be read by those who need to see it. Hopefully they will realise in time that this is not true at all.
Are you listening, History Channel? You HAVE TO STOP
Who are we?
Several of us are astronomers, employed in various fields, and some are still in school. Some of us are fairly young, and some of us are retired. Some of us are not astronomers, but have an interest in astronomy and space. Some of us are professionals in the sciences: Astrophysics, chemistry, etc. Some of us are teachers. We come from all over the world: The U.S., the U.K., Australia, Germany. A few of us contribute directly to the site. Many of us contribute by proofreading or giving feedback, or by contributing to one of the main authors by e-mail.
None of us are part of any vast conspiracy to hide anything.
Some recent comments have given the impression that some people doubt that there is a need for this site. We present some of the comments received on this site and on Astrogeek's site as a counterpoint.
Feedback from Astrogeek's Page
This is one of the MOST TRUE articles I have come across in recent times! Down here in South India, local channels are agog with this terrible rumour and believe me, it is very hard to come across anyone without shuffling towards this topic! And this article goes a long way in dispelling this myth.
Thank you so much, I was one of the many people scared about all of this and you have really opened my eyes. I really enjoyed reading what you wrote for us, and thank you very much!
This article is truly amazing. I was terrified after I heard all the 2012 hype, but now after thoroughly reading this article, I understand how poorly educated I was about the facts.
Thank you Astrogeek, for providing true information free from ads and money-making scams, and putting my mind at peace.
Feedback from 2012hoax.org
All I have to say is thank God there is one decent website on here that tells the truth. Anyone that believes the 2012 doomsday theory is just as crazy as the ones that created the hoax.
I want to thank you for putting up this sight and debunking all the rumors.
Thank you for your logical and well-informed site exposing this hoax. I am sending this link to many of my friends.
For those of you who criticize about how they only quote 1 or 2 children becoming fearful from the hype - trust me, MANY MANY adults are also becoming scared. I can't tell you how many of my adult, well-educated (college and beyond) friends and acquaintances are asking me about this. I can only think they come to me because of my background in math and science (aerospace engineering) as well as my reading in various philosophies (mostly Eastern).
I have told them over and over it all crap (and now I can send them your link) ….
A Spanish Language version of this page is now available, thanks to the efforts of Lourdes Cahuich at http://www.seti.cl
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