Comets Gone Wild In 2011, a number of cosmic disasters were predicted to accompany the appearance of comet Elenin. It supposedly caused earthquakes, shifted Earth's rotation axis, melted ice on Mars, and triggered a storm on Saturn. In reality, the comet was so fragile it disintegrated on its way to the sun and never reached naked-eye visibility.
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Just a year after Elenin we had the 2012 Mayan Calendar alleged apocalypse come and go without the predicted devastating earthquakes, solar flares, rogue planets, magnetic field reversal, or death rays form the galaxy's black hole. No one has ever apologized for making these outrageous and science illiterate prognostications, but instead cashed-in on dozens of Mayan doomsday book titles.
During that time I got an e-mail from a self-employed young mother who was so fearful the world was going to end she was deeply depressed. "I make Christmas plans and find myself (embarrassingly) adding ‘that is, if the world hasn't ended by then.'" She felt I gave her life back when I reassured her that all the 2012 doomsday predictions were just a bunch of baloney.
Like a board game on a closet shelf, these scenarios are all being pulled out, dusted off, and put back on the table for comet ISON.
From one Internet site: "Dust from ISON will fly at the sun, activating massive solar storm activity which would in effect destroy Earth's electric grid." Not to be left out in the cold, remote viewers are also predicting a flyby of a "large massive Space Body" that will trigger huge solar flares.
Reality check: There is no evidence or theoretical mechanism where sun-grazing comets cause solar flares and coronal mass ejections. Though some bright comets have been seen approaching the sun immediately before flares, it is purely coincidental because comets are completely insignificant in size compared the sun.
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Like Linus' imaginary Great Pumpkin character in the Peanuts cartoon strip, the imaginary rogue planet called Nibiru is also rising once again out of the patch of goofy ideas. "Comet ISON could in fact be Nibiru," asserts one self-appointed expert. "Government Agencies are keeping this information under wraps. ISON is sort of a code name given by the Powers That Be. So that the public will remain: clueless, controllable and calm." Another site predicts, "ISON, as it sweeps past Mars, will yank the planet from its orbit and send it crashing into the Earth, bringing an end to world as we know it."