By Dustin Hurst | Watchdog.org
HELENA, Mont. — Not only does the federal government provide for the common defense and general welfare, it’s also become adept at a new trick — myth-busting.
While most folks might believe that task should rest with Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of the Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters, the federal government tried its hand Monday at debunking commonly held misconceptions.
An unknown writer for the USA.gov blog site authored a post Monday about the Mayan end-of-the-world prediction, which goes that a catastrophic event of some sort will beset the earth in December, effectively setting of some cataclysmic horror show. That, some believe, will ultimately bring the apocalypse and the end of the world as presently constituted.
The feds, ever courageous in vanquishing terrifying foes like the Russians, the Nazis or some lingering myths, decided to handle the Mayans myth with full force, producing a tweet, a blog post and not one but two (!!!!) Youtube videos on the topic.
“The world will not end on December 21, 2012, or any day in 2012,” the feds wrote in the blog post.
As with everything else in which the feds dabble, noble were there aims. Apparently some very frightened Americans are considering taking their own life ahead of the expected end-of-the-world day, officially Dec. 21, 2012. The feds think that’s a poor idea.
“Unfortunately, these rumors have many people frightened, especially children,” the post explains. “NASA has received thousands of letters concerned about the end of the world.”
The missive continues for a few more sentences before directing blog readers to the two NASA videos.
The package comes from the same government that, in the run up to last month’s Thanksgiving holiday, spent tons of taxpayer cash doling out common-sense knowledge on preparing and cooking turkeys.
The tweet and blog post earned some ridicule in cyberspace.
“Your tax dollars at work,” Idaho Statesman columnist Kevin Richert tweet sarcastically.
“It’s sad they had to do this,” quipped Jenny using the Twitter handle @Repressd.
The federal government has yet to weigh in on the validity of the Nigerian prince who urgently wants to transfer $17 quadrillion into Watchdog.org’s coffers, so it’s full steam ahead.
Contact: Dustin@Watchdog.org or @DustinHurst on Twitter.
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