It's a bad day for science. Bill O'Reilly has been all over the news for claiming that no one understands how tides work. And now, NASA has unveiled a special website they had to create to explain to everyone that the events chronicled in the movie 2012 are not actually going to happen.
And yes, we're speaking of the 2009 film by Roland Emmerich in which people build ark-style spaceships to escape the earth because the crust is going to collapse from a solar storm, or some totally ridiculous shit. In a recent panel, NASA experts actually pleaded with Hollywood industry leaders to make films with more realistic plots — because they're so sick of people asking them questions about the impending alien invasion. We really, really need to start teaching more science in schools.
From NASA's assessment, some good folks compiled a list, reproduced below, of the most and least realistic science films of the last couple of years.
1. 2012 (2009)
2. The Core (2003)
3. Armageddon (1998)
4. Volcano (1997)
5. Chain Reaction (1996)
6. The 6th Day (2000)
7. What The #$*! Do We Know? (2004)
1. Gattaca (1997)
2. Contact (1997)
3. Metropolis (1927)
4. The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)
5. Woman In The Moon (1929)
6. The Thing From Another World (1951)
7. Jurassic Park (1993)
Blade Runner didn't make the top seven, but it was singled out as a pretty realistic film by some of the top minds in the country. So, folks, as a takeaway: The world is probably not going to end next year. But, nonetheless, I might not invest my life savings in a house in L.A.