NASA video misinterpreted as ‘3-day total blackout predicted’

Snopes has an entry on a new email circulating with the sole intent to scare people about 2012. It’s a hoax without a grain of truth. There is no such thing as an alignment of the universe. As you can see, it’s wordy nonsense about dimensions and stuff. Not sure how a “blackout” occurs but… well, don’t bother trying to think too hard about it.

snopes.com: NASA December 2012 Blackout Warning.

Here is part of the email circulating on the web:

US scientists predict Universe change, total blackout of planet for 3 days from Dec 23 2012.

It is not the end of the world, it is an alignment of the Universe, where the Sun and the earth will align for the first time. The earth will shift from the current third dimension to zero dimension, then shift to the forth dimension. During this transition, the entire Universe will face a big change, and we will see a entire brand new world..

The 3 days blackout is predicted to happen on Dec 23, 24, 25….during this time, staying calm is most important, hug each other, pray pray pray, sleep for 3 nights…and those who survive will face a brand new world….for those not prepared, many will die because of fear. Be happy, enjoy every moment now. Don’t worry, pray to God everyday. There is a lot of talk about what will happen in 2012, but many people don’t believe it, and don’t want to talk about it for fear of creating fear and panic.

Tip: Snopes

And here is the video that sparked it all, that has NOTHING to do with anything listed above…

But… some people go to extremes.

UPDATE: (24-Oct-2014) This story is trending again saying it will now happen in December 2014. See Snopes revise entry 

  11 comments for “NASA video misinterpreted as ‘3-day total blackout predicted’

  1. Geoff
    August 14, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    I’m prepared. I have whiskey. Irish whiskey. And I will be prepared with a glass if I ever have to watch that doofus and his “be prepared” speech again.

  2. Lisa B.
    August 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM

    This is annoying & it scares little kids which bothers me because I was once one of those scared kids. It seems to be saying to hug & pray a lot and you will be prepared for a new world whatever that is.
    For the common sense approach I tend to go to David Morrison’s web site, Ask An Astro biologist. He often has letters from kids who think they are going to die soon & are freaking out because they watch every stupid youtube video & believe it.

  3. August 15, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    Woo with some sciencey-sounding words mixed – we really have to find a way to educate people beyond this crap.

  4. Geoff
    August 15, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Wow…very nice! I’ve never seen that before. For anyone that is interested, here’s the link…

    http://astrobiology.nasa.gov/ask-an-astrobiologist/

  5. Vinny Giardina
    August 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Aren’t the sun and moon always aligned?

  6. Chew
    August 15, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    Aligned with what? The Earth? Only during eclipses.

  7. August 15, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    This is the dawning of the Age of Aquackius.

  8. Chew
    August 15, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Do you have that copyrighted? I’d like to borrow it sometime.

  9. Bob Jase
    August 16, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Permission granted!

  10. August 16, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    I hate these scares.

  11. Regner
    August 17, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    What do you mean, ‘you can always draw a straight line between two points’?… Never underestimate the stupidity of people. There ought to be a class in elementary school, devoted to debunking bunk.
    Hey, Geoff, that sounds like a good idea 🙂
    Cheers, Regner

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