Last night, my kids saw the trailer for the apocalyptic movie 2012, a foretelling of the end of time based on interpretation of the Mayan calendar. They freaked out a bit--especially after I told them it is true* and I know that because the predictions are based on the Haab calendar. I even had them Google it.
Anyway, it turns out that my kids aren't the only ones who believe it, and NASA has gone into full myth busting mode:
The world is not coming to an end on December 21, 2012, the US space agency insisted Monday in a rare campaign to dispel widespread rumors fuelled by the Internet and a new Hollywood movie...
And while comets and asteroids have always hit the Earth, "big hits are very rare," NASA noted. The last major impact was believed to be 65 million years ago, spurring the end of dinosaurs.
"We have already determined that there are no threatening asteroids as large as the one that killed the dinosaurs," the space agency said.
Wait. What's with this asteroid theory? I thought the dinosaurs talked back to their parents** so they were killed in the Great Flood.
At least that's what I told my kids.
*Correct me if I'm wrong, but one of the benefits of having kids is that you can mess with them without much fear of retribution. What? You mean that's not a benefit?
**Can you prove dinosaurs couldn't talk?