Have You Heard About The ‘Doomsday’ Asteroid That’s Supposed To Kill Us All Today?

Reason #342,942 why you should never trust anything you read on the internet, including (especially) this website: A GIANT ASTEROID IS GOING TO KILL US ALL… TODAY?!?

Not quite.

It’s unclear exactly where this rumor started, but some are tracing it back to a letter written by prophet and crazy person Rev. Efrain Rodriguez, who claimed that an asteroid would crash into Earth, somewhere in Puerto Rico, and “raise a giant wave, over 1,000 feet high, which will be entering the west part of the island immediately, reaching places never thought of on this Earth.” The impact, he wrote, “will be identical to a nuclear explosion,” 35 million people in the U.S. will die, something something God’s pissed at us, because Obama. It’s gibberish, but you know how these things go. One person shares it on Facebook, another only reads the headline and reports fiction as fact, and before long, A GIANT ASTEROID IS GOING TO KILL US ALL.

NASA is having none of it.

Paul Chodas, the manager of NASA’s Near-Earth Object office at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (fun!), issued a firm statement. “There is no scientific basis, not one shred of evidence,” he said, “that an asteroid or any other celestial object will impact Earth on those dates.”

I don’t know about you, but 5 million miles is too close for my liking. See you in the bunker.