1.) The world will not be ending tomorrow – even the Mayans didn’t say that, it’s just how people have misinterpreted them. But, if some how it does, most scientists believe the world end would be from something called a dark comet. That's a massive comet that's not covered in ice and snow like regular comets, which makes it much more difficult to spot in space. A dark comet hitting us would only immediately kill people living in the impact zone. But, it would send so much dust into the atmosphere that it would block the sun, and cause all the crops worldwide to fail, causing a global famine.
2.) Our country has a reputation of being self-centered, so the news today from the World Giving Index by the Charities Aid Foundation is positive. The United States ranks as the fifth-most generous country in the world. 57% of Americans gave money to charity this year, 42% volunteered time, and 71% helped out a stranger. And based on the overall number of people contributing, the U.S. came in second, as about 143 million Americans gave to charity this year. The most giving country was Australia, Ireland was second, with Canada was third, and New Zealand fourth.
3.) Turns out that the support of your band mates is important in rock’n’roll. After looking at almost 1,500 North American and European rock and pop stars between 1956 and 2006, researchers discovered that solo stars were twice as likely to die early than those in bands. The average age of death was 45 for North American rock stars, and 39 for those from Europe. This study also discovered the risk of early death was lower for musicians who become famous after 1980.