Federal Government: No Apocalypse in 2012

Feds assure American citizens that the prophesied end of the world is a 'false rumor.'

Claudia Schmidt prepares the projector in front of a scene with the ritual Maya Calendar during a preview of 'Mayan Prophecies' at the planetarium of the landscape park Miniwelt in Lichtenstein, Germany, March 30, 2012.
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Cancel your doomsday party: The world isn't going to end this year, the U.S. federal government has assured its citizens.

In a blog post published Monday on usa.gov, the federal government has said "the world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012."

"False rumors about the end of the world in 2012 have been commonplace on the Internet for some time. Many of these involve the Mayan calendar ending in 2012 (it won't), a comet causing catastrophic effects (definitely not), a hidden planet sneaking up and colliding with us (no and no), and many others," the post says. "Unfortunately, these rumors have many people frightened, especially children."

The official post comes on the heels of a NASA announcement last month that said "the world will not end in 2012. Our planet has been getting along just fine for more than 4 billion years, and credible scientists worldwide know of no threat associated with 2012."

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Jason Koebler is a science and technology reporter for U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach him at jkoebler@usnews.com.