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2012-10-07 03:34:49 PM
My ass
 
2012-10-07 03:36:55 PM
can I assume my wife is ambulatory?
 
2012-10-07 03:41:22 PM
the wooden toilet roll handle.
 
2012-10-07 03:47:22 PM
My external HD.

Pretty much most of my life's output (including wedding pictures, essays, journals, geneology, various demos for bands I've been in over the years etc.) is on it. Also, every CD or DVD I have ever owned, and a good chunk of my favorite video games too.

/what's this "cloud" thing I keep hearing about?
 
2012-10-07 03:50:57 PM
After family, my 1973 Telecaster, my hard drives that have all family pictures, movies, and important documents.
 
2012-10-07 04:06:00 PM
time in a bottle
 
2012-10-07 04:12:23 PM
Aside from kids and dogs, my MBP.
 
2012-10-07 04:17:54 PM
My house.
 
2012-10-07 04:20:25 PM
My Real Doll
 
2012-10-07 04:25:39 PM
The last dance for you, subby.
 
2012-10-07 04:34:06 PM
Pets.
 
2012-10-07 04:42:14 PM
What's left of my dignity.
 
2012-10-07 04:49:19 PM
assuming the dogs and wife are already out, probably my ipad.
 
2012-10-07 04:52:13 PM
the mutt
 
2012-10-07 04:56:08 PM
The evidence of my arson for insurance monies.
 
2012-10-07 04:56:56 PM
My beloved ice cream bar.
 
2012-10-07 05:08:49 PM

olddeegee: After family, my 1973 Telecaster, my hard drives that have all family pictures, movies, and important documents.


Can't count to one, can we?
 
2012-10-07 05:12:49 PM
I would save the house.
 
2012-10-07 05:25:10 PM

Hack Patooey: My ass


done in one
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-07 05:33:33 PM
Camera, and I'd take pictures of the inferno. I have off-site backups of data so my computer can fry. Lots of personal items I'd hate to lose but no one thing that stands out crying "save me! save me! aiiiee, I'm burning, save me! you could have at least dusted me once -- *crack*"
 
2012-10-07 05:37:50 PM
Rephrase the question....Your house is on fire, IF YOU COULD ONLY TAKE ONE THING OUT OF THE HOUSE, what would it be?

The fire.
 
2012-10-07 05:48:56 PM
My porn collection. Oh, alright, my wife. Grumble.
 
2012-10-07 05:51:30 PM
Nothing. In fact I probably wouldnt leave the house if it was on fire. I would just sit there until it was over.
 
2012-10-07 05:54:27 PM

clancifer: MBP


you have a manbearpig?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-07 05:56:21 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: My porn collection. Oh, alright, my wife. Grumble.


Glad I'm not married.
 
2012-10-07 06:46:00 PM

Hack Patooey: My ass


yup.

and the pets, if they aren't out already.
 
2012-10-07 06:51:23 PM
The bacon.
 
2012-10-07 06:51:23 PM
The firehose to put out the fire
 
2012-10-07 06:51:55 PM
I guess my computer? My cell phone/wallet/keys are all usually in my pockets already anyway. My dog is smart enough to follow me out on his own.
 
2012-10-07 06:52:04 PM
My voter I.D.

/gobama
 
2012-10-07 06:52:05 PM

bloobeary: I would save the house.


Beat me to it.
 
2012-10-07 06:52:13 PM
My bug out kit with my gold and silver inside.
 
2012-10-07 06:52:49 PM
My little pony
 
2012-10-07 06:53:15 PM
It happened to me. 2am. Not enough time to even grab my robe, I ran out of the house in my birthday suit.
 
2012-10-07 06:53:30 PM

wingedkat: Hack Patooey: My ass

yup.

and the pets, if they aren't out already.


Dude, insurance will replace the pets. Are you going to file a claim for your porn collection?
 
2012-10-07 06:53:43 PM
My little rat dog.
 
2012-10-07 06:54:57 PM

NewportBarGuy: My Real Doll


Kwame?
 
2012-10-07 06:55:08 PM
My ass and the rest with it. Everything else is replaceable.

/has a firebox
 
2012-10-07 06:55:31 PM
I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare
 
2012-10-07 06:56:37 PM
The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair. And I don't need one other thing except my dog.


Well I don't need my dog.
 
2012-10-07 06:56:58 PM
The little rolling suitcase I have packed in case of such an event.

After it happened to my neighbors across the street, I started storing my old photo albums, passport, and a few mementos in that piece of luggage so I could grab it in a hurry.
 
2012-10-07 06:57:03 PM
That is easy, my ammunition for my .44. It could kill someone if a fire ignited it and that would be my ass.
 
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2012-10-07 06:57:29 PM

Hack Patooey: My ass


BOOM! Over in one!
 
2012-10-07 06:57:30 PM
I'd save my house, duh.
 
2012-10-07 06:57:40 PM
My beer fridge.
 
2012-10-07 06:57:49 PM
External backup hard drive.
 
2012-10-07 06:57:55 PM

some_beer_drinker: the wooden toilet roll handle.


Wow. Just wow.
 
2012-10-07 06:58:15 PM
My lisa left eye lopes cds...
 
2012-10-07 06:58:47 PM
My records. Or synthesizes. It would be a long decision and I'd probably burn
 
2012-10-07 06:58:48 PM
My animals.
 
2012-10-07 07:00:49 PM
Dog.

Cats' are second only because I'm not sure I could grab them if they were freaking out.
 
2012-10-07 07:01:08 PM
www.dailyhaha.com
 
2012-10-07 07:01:44 PM
My son.
 
2012-10-07 07:02:06 PM
Wife, animals, and the cash box with the important papers, in that order.
 
2012-10-07 07:02:37 PM
I would save something small and worthless, yet humorous enough to get a couple upvotes on reddit. Then copy that link on Fark a few days later.
 
2012-10-07 07:02:56 PM

rev. dave: That is easy, my ammunition for my .44. It could kill someone if a fire ignited it and that would be my ass.


Not unless it's loaded it can't.
 
2012-10-07 07:03:13 PM
I would save Christmas
 
2012-10-07 07:03:25 PM
My better spouse...
 
2012-10-07 07:03:27 PM
The cat
wife's wedding dress
photo albums

19 years ago when we first married a kid playing with matches and aerosol can burn our whole condo building down. My wife was picking me up from work and we were supposed to go out but she heard a news report so we swung around home to check it out. Couldn't get close so we had to walk throw snow and water in business clothes to see flames coming out of the bedroom window. The fireman went in and looked for the cat, she escaped and came back later. The next day with the basement flood with five feet of water we got albums and her dress. This is such an overwhelming event that you don't think rationally but emotionally.
 
2012-10-07 07:03:47 PM
I'd wrap my cat in my blankie.
 
2012-10-07 07:03:50 PM
The fire. Damn poor thing is doomed.
 
2012-10-07 07:04:04 PM

Kanemano: I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare


And my husband's going to think I'm even more paranoid, now...damn. Thanks for the idea. We live out in the country and the FD is volunteer, most likely there'll be jack all left by the time they get there.

Provided that the pets and hubby are out, I'd take my flash drive case.
 
2012-10-07 07:04:13 PM
Why would I save any of this crap? I'd rather strip naked and make a fresh start.
 
2012-10-07 07:04:45 PM
Nothing. I will pass out due to smoke inhalation.
 
2012-10-07 07:04:48 PM
The better question is, what would you made sure gets destroyed in the fire???
 
2012-10-07 07:05:09 PM
My guitar.
 
2012-10-07 07:05:31 PM
Fire extinguisher.
 
2012-10-07 07:05:41 PM

some_beer_drinker: the wooden toilet roll handle.


Has it been modified?
 
2012-10-07 07:06:19 PM

rev. dave: That is easy, my ammunition for my .44. It could kill someone if a fire ignited it and that would be my ass.


No it can't unless it's inside a firearm at the time. Ammunition needs the confines of a chamber to create the necessary force for the bullet to move and penetrate. The explosion of the powder in a chambered round has nowhere to go except forward, and it pushes the bullet out with the resulting speed and force. However, when a cartridges is ignited when not chambered it has almost no force. In fact, it will be the cartridge that will move while the bullet remains mostly in place since the brass is much lighter. Think of igniting a firecracker in your open palm. You might get a slight burn. But close your hand around the firecracker and you'll lose your fingers. The explosion of powder in a ammunition cartridge without the confines of a chamber is almost entirely harmless. The bullet won't even penetrate your clothes or leave a bruise.
 
2012-10-07 07:07:34 PM

taurusowner: rev. dave: That is easy, my ammunition for my .44. It could kill someone if a fire ignited it and that would be my ass.

No it can't unless it's inside a firearm at the time. Ammunition needs the confines of a chamber to create the necessary force for the bullet to move and penetrate. The explosion of the powder in a chambered round has nowhere to go except forward, and it pushes the bullet out with the resulting speed and force. However, when a cartridges is ignited when not chambered it has almost no force. In fact, it will be the cartridge that will move while the bullet remains mostly in place since the brass is much lighter. Think of igniting a firecracker in your open palm. You might get a slight burn. But close your hand around the firecracker and you'll lose your fingers. The explosion of powder in a ammunition cartridge without the confines of a chamber is almost entirely harmless. The bullet won't even penetrate your clothes or leave a bruise.


Hmmm...has this been demonstrated on Mythbusters?
 
2012-10-07 07:08:16 PM
My "Hang in There, Baby" poster
 
2012-10-07 07:08:28 PM
My pot plants. No, I'm just kidding, ahahahaaha, of course I don't have pot plants in my house.

Not counting living things, of which there are a few--computer and wallet. I know it's two, but they're small.
 
2012-10-07 07:08:41 PM
I'd run upstairs and save my mom.
 
2012-10-07 07:08:47 PM
The cats
 
2012-10-07 07:08:52 PM
Given that not two hours ago I rushed out of my house to see my neighbors house burning and him holding his baby and dog while sobbing on the curb... I'm not sure I want to think about it.

/The last firetruck just pulled away about five minutes ago.
//His dog is resting on my living room floor.
///Everyone is OK. The firefighters saved their photo albums.
////Fire spread like a son-of-a-biatch.
 
2012-10-07 07:08:55 PM
The trunk that is by the back door with everything in it that would need to be taken out in case of fire. (Copies of important papers, bills, accounts, insurance info, etc., as well as irreplaceable heirlooms, photos, etc.) Everything else is insured to the hilt because ain't no way a firetruck is making it here before the place is a big black hole in the ground. Stuff that is too big to fit in the trunk and is irreplaceable (one-of-a-kind guns, investment art, that sort of thing) I don't keep here, but in appropriate storage facilities.
 
2012-10-07 07:09:42 PM
Yup - the dog gets saved. Everything else is replaceable.
 
2012-10-07 07:10:31 PM
My cats. Everything else can be replaced.
 
2012-10-07 07:10:45 PM

ggecko: The better question is, what would you made sure gets destroyed in the fire???


i'd save my wife and kid. the rest can, and should, burn.
 
2012-10-07 07:10:53 PM
Family jewels‽
 
2012-10-07 07:11:27 PM
My Neutral Milk Hotel vinyl.

/What? It was hard as hell to find.
 
2012-10-07 07:11:29 PM

TheOther: taurusowner: rev. dave: That is easy, my ammunition for my .44. It could kill someone if a fire ignited it and that would be my ass.

No it can't unless it's inside a firearm at the time. Ammunition needs the confines of a chamber to create the necessary force for the bullet to move and penetrate. The explosion of the powder in a chambered round has nowhere to go except forward, and it pushes the bullet out with the resulting speed and force. However, when a cartridges is ignited when not chambered it has almost no force. In fact, it will be the cartridge that will move while the bullet remains mostly in place since the brass is much lighter. Think of igniting a firecracker in your open palm. You might get a slight burn. But close your hand around the firecracker and you'll lose your fingers. The explosion of powder in a ammunition cartridge without the confines of a chamber is almost entirely harmless. The bullet won't even penetrate your clothes or leave a bruise.

Hmmm...has this been demonstrated on Mythbusters?


I don't know...but I've been inside a burning HMMWV with ammunition cooking off. It felt like getting hit with pebbles.
 
2012-10-07 07:11:32 PM
ooh. Tough one.

My PC, or the folder containing all my tax returns and receipts and all the shiat I'd need to make an insurance claim on all my stuff.

fark it, I've spent a lot of time collecting that porn, and all my writing... I'll take the PC. Everything else is essentially replaceable.
 
2012-10-07 07:11:33 PM
I suppose one of the twins....
 
2012-10-07 07:12:45 PM
My dog first. Likely he can get himself out.

First material object: M4 carbine.
 
2012-10-07 07:12:49 PM
The kids, the pets, the kids' birth certificate/adoption records: the stuff that they might need to prove citizenship. My husband is on his own. Everything else can burn.
 
2012-10-07 07:13:38 PM
If I ever have to burgle someone's house, I'll just head straight for the "go bag" filled with all of their most valuable and irreplaceable property, that so many Farkers apparently have sitting next to their front doors.
 
2012-10-07 07:14:28 PM
I dunno if I have anything worth saving...maybe the TV? It's only a 32" so not that hard to-

oh, wait, the baby can't walk yet. I guess I should save him.
 
2012-10-07 07:15:04 PM
The water hose.
 
2012-10-07 07:15:23 PM
My violin. Haven't practiced in 6 months, but the damn thing is worth than the rest of my worldly belongings combined.

Thanks mom, dad.
 
2012-10-07 07:15:50 PM

blueviking: Kanemano: I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare

And my husband's going to think I'm even more paranoid, now...damn. Thanks for the idea. We live out in the country and the FD is volunteer, most likely there'll be jack all left by the time they get there.

Provided that the pets and hubby are out, I'd take my flash drive case.


it's a small bag next to the bed so not much fuss, but try to get your money out of the bank for food and housing the next morning was near impossible for them, with ID all paperwork is replaceable without it ...
 
2012-10-07 07:15:59 PM
Obviously the kid & cats.
Other than that, a table that came over from Scotland in the 1500's when a marriage between a dutch boat builder and my family started harvesting trees in the "new world".
 
2012-10-07 07:15:59 PM
Assuming I have time on my way out the door since they're in a straight path, PC tower, grab and stack the laptop on top of that (with handy external drive dangling off it), and grab the binder with the deed and closing records. I'd be really sad to lose everything else, but it's mostly replaceable.

I'm glad we have these threads every so often though, it reminds me to back up in a Cloud service.
 
2012-10-07 07:16:03 PM

taurusowner: TheOther: taurusowner: rev. dave: That is easy, my ammunition for my .44. It could kill someone if a fire ignited it and that would be my ass.

No it can't unless it's inside a firearm at the time. Ammunition needs the confines of a chamber to create the necessary force for the bullet to move and penetrate. The explosion of the powder in a chambered round has nowhere to go except forward, and it pushes the bullet out with the resulting speed and force. However, when a cartridges is ignited when not chambered it has almost no force. In fact, it will be the cartridge that will move while the bullet remains mostly in place since the brass is much lighter. Think of igniting a firecracker in your open palm. You might get a slight burn. But close your hand around the firecracker and you'll lose your fingers. The explosion of powder in a ammunition cartridge without the confines of a chamber is almost entirely harmless. The bullet won't even penetrate your clothes or leave a bruise.

Hmmm...has this been demonstrated on Mythbusters?

I don't know...but I've been inside a burning HMMWV with ammunition cooking off. It felt like getting hit with pebbles.


They did a couple times. They were able to shatter the glass of an oven with lose ammo, but that's about it. I dont remember if they put a hole in something with a .22 used as an automotive fuse (they certainly didn't get the bullet to hit buster in the testicle like the myth talked about).
 
2012-10-07 07:18:46 PM

TomD9938: I'd run upstairs and save my mom.


So would I.
 
2012-10-07 07:19:46 PM
my piano
 
2012-10-07 07:20:52 PM
The rainforest.
 
2012-10-07 07:21:35 PM
Detachable penis.

My brother and I back up each other's external hard drives/music collections every few months.
 
2012-10-07 07:21:56 PM
Surprised no one has said a cell phone yet...

But as for me, I would choose Car keys.
 
2012-10-07 07:22:30 PM
My kid and dog are ambulatory (nothing says otherwise). I would save my books. Nothing else is important to me. All my pics are backed up online
 
2012-10-07 07:22:32 PM
I'd grab my bottle of single malt so I would have something to drink while I watched the place burn.

/ Nadurra
// 16 Years in new white oak
/// Smooooth
 
2012-10-07 07:22:38 PM
I actually have a firesafe, so most important paperwork is already in there and, I'd hope, would survive a fire. I suppose if I already have my phone and wallet on me it would be my external hard drive since I have lots of porn important documents, files, letters, business paperwork etc backed up on there. Lots of it is on Dropbox already but not everything.
 
2012-10-07 07:22:49 PM

Seth'n'Spectrum: My violin. Haven't practiced in 6 months, but the damn thing is worth than the rest of my worldly belongings combined.

Thanks mom, dad.


Yeah, I'd take my cello. The rest... I could do with new stuff anyway.
 
KIA
2012-10-07 07:23:16 PM
I'm going to go with "proof of insurance coverage" ftw.
 
2012-10-07 07:23:34 PM
Flammable liquid collection.
 
2012-10-07 07:25:13 PM
kitties
 
2012-10-07 07:25:24 PM
The folder with the important papers (title to truck, insurance info, etc.) The renter's insurance paperwork I saved will help replace everything else. And since I shoved it in my purse, my wallet, phone and keys are safe, too.
 
2012-10-07 07:25:25 PM
my pen is pump
 
2012-10-07 07:27:13 PM
I live in a trailer.
 
2012-10-07 07:27:17 PM
My kid and my comic book collection.


/Wife is on her own.
 
2012-10-07 07:28:24 PM

Mr. Potatoass: I live in a trailer.


maybe the shake-in-bake that started the fire
 
2012-10-07 07:29:15 PM
A box of matches.
 
2012-10-07 07:29:16 PM

Eirik: Given that not two hours ago I rushed out of my house to see my neighbors house burning and him holding his baby and dog while sobbing on the curb... I'm not sure I want to think about it.
/The last firetruck just pulled away about five minutes ago.
//His dog is resting on my living room floor.
///Everyone is OK. The firefighters saved their photo albums.
////Fire spread like a son-of-a-biatch.


I was watching the news one night, and there was a woman on there whose house was burning up, I mean right there behind her while they interviewed her. She had a little dog in her arms, and she was crying and saying that her birds and cat had been in the house, and they'd probably gotten out, and if anyone saw them, to please let her know, because she had several birds and she'd only gotten the dogs out......

I was practically in tears, just watching the local news. Ok, I actually was.
 
2012-10-07 07:30:23 PM
My guns, defiantly my guns.
 
2012-10-07 07:31:21 PM
The elephants
 
2012-10-07 07:31:29 PM
Save? I tell my kids to go wait on the lawn for the nice men in the blue uniforms. Then I go back to bed with a smile on my face.
 
2012-10-07 07:31:44 PM
This

www.cowanauctions.com
 
2012-10-07 07:32:06 PM
Assuming we're not dog-sitting and all humans are safe, Boards Of Canada - Aquarius 7". Either that or one of my signed Pierre Berton historical books.
 
2012-10-07 07:33:24 PM
My skin suit
 
2012-10-07 07:34:04 PM
In my home, looking at all that can and can not be replaced. I look at my wife who is recovering from a recent back surgery and thinking "She has a six figure life insurance policy on her and I'm the primary beneficiary, so she's on her own. She lives, awesome, she dies, well, I'll be a widower who lost his wife in a house fire he did not cause and got a six figure check, so I'll have no problem getting laid. I'll have to pick my laptop. I have on it a scanned copy of my renters insurance policy and I'm going to need that to replace all my shiat.
 
2012-10-07 07:36:29 PM
The love that may be my own, or someday I'll be all alone.
 
2012-10-07 07:36:30 PM

BioStormX: I guess my computer? My cell phone/wallet/keys are all usually in my pockets already anyway. My dog is smart enough to follow me out on his own.


Bingo. Probably throw on a warm jacket on my way out, since winter is coming.
 
2012-10-07 07:36:35 PM

taurusowner: My bug out kit with my gold and silver inside.


Yours is that readily accessible? Mine's hidden away in the basement. Take too long to get it in a rushed situation. Where's yours?

/stop, think
 
2012-10-07 07:37:54 PM
I had a fire in my apartment building about a year ago and I spent my time banging on everyone's doors and telling them to get the hell out of my building.  I didn't really think about stuff, so I guess in the heat of the moment, nothing really matters exept people and what they decide they need.
 
2012-10-07 07:38:19 PM

PlasticMoby: This

[www.cowanauctions.com image 600x474]


1911?
 
2012-10-07 07:38:32 PM

PlasticMoby: This

[www.cowanauctions.com image 600x474]



What's with the key?
 
2012-10-07 07:39:41 PM

Kanemano: blueviking: Kanemano: I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare

And my husband's going to think I'm even more paranoid, now...damn. Thanks for the idea. We live out in the country and the FD is volunteer, most likely there'll be jack all left by the time they get there.

Provided that the pets and hubby are out, I'd take my flash drive case.

it's a small bag next to the bed so not much fuss, but try to get your money out of the bank for food and housing the next morning was near impossible for them, with ID all paperwork is replaceable without it ...


Yeah, it seems like such a little thing, just not something most people really consider, if you watch the replies. Most of our documents (deeds, birth certs, etc) are in a firebox, but that's not the most immediate concern in that situation. My husband's real laid-back and not much of a planner, so, he might see it as being a bit paranoid. Should have thought about it after my co-worker's trailer burnt down a few years ago from his coffe pot exploding, but that seemed like such a freak accident, and I didn't own my home at the time.
 
2012-10-07 07:40:17 PM
Green stamps.
 
2012-10-07 07:41:43 PM

Rich Cream: PlasticMoby: This

[www.cowanauctions.com image 600x474]


What's with the key?



I'm slow tonight. I figured the key couldn't be for the box because how would you lock the key inside? lol
 
2012-10-07 07:41:44 PM
My yambag.

My wife keeps it in a drawer under the bathroom sink. I haven't needed it since I got married.
 
2012-10-07 07:42:09 PM
My mom picked me and my sister.

I'd yank the hard drive out of my PC. The rest of the machine is crap, and it isn't screwed in, nor is the side panel.
 
2012-10-07 07:42:54 PM
My autographed picture of Andy Devine
 
2012-10-07 07:43:09 PM
The 47%
 
2012-10-07 07:43:59 PM
I hope my guinea pig. Little guy is stuck in a cage and would be unable to escape as would a cat or dog. Unfortunately, my first thought was my usb drive of education and personal documents which, while useful, is replaceable in some manner unlike the piggle.
 
2012-10-07 07:45:00 PM
Subby's mom.
 
2012-10-07 07:45:08 PM

Ianman: PlasticMoby: This

[www.cowanauctions.com image 600x474]

1911?



Yup

Rich Cream:
PlasticMoby: This

[www.cowanauctions.com image 600x474]


What's with the key?


picturearchive.gunauction.com
 
2012-10-07 07:45:45 PM
The matches. Can't have the insurance company asking any questions.

/Clearly that dead hooker must have started it.
 
2012-10-07 07:46:18 PM
Assuming dogs and lady made it out, ly camera bag. The only material thing I really care about, and even that stuff can be replaced. Everything else can burn.

If I have to pick between the girl and one of the dogs, the chocolate lab lives. I will miss the poodle.
 
2012-10-07 07:47:30 PM
The kryptonite
 
2012-10-07 07:49:50 PM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: My mom picked me and my sister.

I'd yank the hard drive out of my PC. The rest of the machine is crap, and it isn't screwed in, nor is the side panel.


Save your porn. Good choice, respectable.
 
2012-10-07 07:51:32 PM
Gratefully I don't have much that isn't replaceable or not backed up offsite.

Might take the MPB just so I could whine about the fire on FARK
 
2012-10-07 07:51:46 PM
My oldest daughter's blankie. The blankie. The One Blankie To Rule Them All.

After that, my 1 TB backup drive.
 
2012-10-07 07:51:53 PM
Let's find out...

favim.com
 
2012-10-07 07:52:54 PM
The dog and cat.
 
2012-10-07 07:55:11 PM
My neighbor's house burned two years ago. We didn't realize anything was happening until the car blew up in the garage. We kicked in the door, made sure they weren't home and saved their dog. The first thing he did when we brought him in the house was to piss on my couch.

/csb
 
2012-10-07 07:57:29 PM
He was just showing his appreciation
 
2012-10-07 07:58:02 PM
My autographed picture of Andy Devine

he just had a birthday, used to watch his TV show, lawn-get off of
 
2012-10-07 07:58:44 PM

PlasticMoby:

[picturearchive.gunauction.com image 604x688]


I thought the key was indented into the felt so it couldn't be for the box itself. But, oh well.

/Fail on me. Oh, the woe.
 
2012-10-07 07:59:17 PM
Fark you, that's what it would be you invasive spying motherfarker. It's my business what I would save.
 
2012-10-07 07:59:24 PM
Wife, Kid, 2 cats, safety deposit box key. That's all I got to get out of there.
Key is optional, but nice to have.
 
2012-10-07 08:02:24 PM

Rich Cream: I thought the key was indented into the felt so it couldn't be for the box itself. But, oh well.

/Fail on me. Oh, the woe.




No biggie.
 
2012-10-07 08:03:03 PM
Being an IA person, who also happens to have personally experienced a house fire many years ago, all my information is offsite (the "cloud"). All my pictures have been scanned, and are there. Important documents? The same. Do I have little knick-knacks that have sentimental value? Sure, but A) rarely does a fire actually turn everything into cinders anyway, and B) if you have time to pick and choose, you have time to put out the fire :P So yeah, I'd grab my wallet (or the stack of plastic that compares); even without a fire-gutted house, just losing your wallet is a pain in the ass unless you have another form of ID buried somewhere (like a passport). The rest - well, that's what insurance is for anyway.
 
2012-10-07 08:06:40 PM

PlasticMoby: What's with the key?


You answered that question (I also had the same ?) with so much awesomeness. Thanks for sharing. What an awesome piece and presentation. Cherish that always.
 
2012-10-07 08:11:07 PM

HotWingAgenda: If I ever have to burgle someone's house, I'll just head straight for the "go bag" filled with all of their most valuable and irreplaceable property, that so many Farkers apparently have sitting next to their front doors.


That happened to a friend of mine recently. Stole the laptop, iPod, other small electronics. And the fireproof go-box containing birth certs, citizenship papers, etc.
 
2012-10-07 08:15:45 PM

Flint Ironstag: I suppose one of the twins....


Always wise to keep a spare around.
 
2012-10-07 08:16:48 PM
the motorized, self-cleaning litter box. it's more expensive than a new cat.
 
2012-10-07 08:18:24 PM
Pet snake.

/hopefully the dogs and cats would save themselves
 
2012-10-07 08:18:54 PM

Vangor: I hope my guinea pig. Little guy is stuck in a cage and would be unable to escape as would a cat or dog. Unfortunately, my first thought was my usb drive of education and personal documents which, while useful, is replaceable in some manner unlike the piggle.


icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com
 
2012-10-07 08:20:11 PM
My messenger bag, has all my ideas, sketches, prototypes, ipad, phone, chargers. Everything else is insured and replaceable.

Wife's job is the wedding album.
 
2012-10-07 08:21:53 PM
My house.
 
2012-10-07 08:25:05 PM
Your mom.
 
2012-10-07 08:27:15 PM
Pets.
Cell phone.
Then its all dollar value from there.

Also my home is insured for a replacement value twice the cost (not my choice) so I'd be happy as a clam.
 
2012-10-07 08:29:24 PM
I always figured I would rescue the items I could never, ever replace.

1. Civil War diaries and letters
2. My cats

All of which are on a basic pathway to the garage or the front door

I'm assuming my husband can either pitch in or get out on his own, of course.
 
2012-10-07 08:34:39 PM
My cat. As much as he's a pain in the ass, I'd rather watch my meager belongings burn than him.
 
2012-10-07 08:35:56 PM
The cat. The amp is too heavy.
i618.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-07 08:36:00 PM
Since my pets aren't "things", I'm going to go with my filing cabinet. All the important paperwork, my external hard drive, my passport, my mom's wedding album from her wedding to my biological father, and various pieces of jewelry (mostly sentimental value) are all in there. And I keep it right by the window so It wouldn't take much to just lift it up and dump it outside.
 
2012-10-07 08:37:05 PM
My Rick Astley collection

images.sodahead.com

(never gonna give him up ...) 
 
2012-10-07 08:38:30 PM
The whales.

All that work in the 80s and 90s and they still show up in movies and commercials with sad music asking for cash.
 
2012-10-07 08:39:28 PM
My fire box, which is designed for this purpose, if i had a family my answer of course would be different.
 
2012-10-07 08:41:36 PM
In order:
Daughter
Dog
Cat
Other cat (she's almost 19 and is already on borrowed time, plus she's a hider)
The box of my husband's stuff that I couldn't throw out

/ yea carbonite!
 
2012-10-07 08:42:02 PM
Dogs
 
2012-10-07 08:42:23 PM

knowless: My fire box, which is designed for this purpose, if i had a family my answer of course would be different.


I thought the point of the fire box is so you DON'T have to think and try to save anything. Just let the house burn and the water from the hoses put it out. Pop out the safe and viola, your vintage issue of Playboy with your ex girlfriend on the cover is safe.
 
2012-10-07 08:46:07 PM

blueviking: Kanemano: I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare

And my husband's going to think I'm even more paranoid, now...damn. Thanks for the idea. We live out in the country and the FD is volunteer, most likely there'll be jack all left by the time they get there.

Provided that the pets and hubby are out, I'd take my flash drive case.


You'd be surprised what a measley ol' country VFD can do. More than once my old department got a call soon enough and did the right things to save mobile homes.

If you've never seen a trailer burn, it is pretty damn impressive. All that pressboard and formaldehyde soaked paneling are borderline explosive.
 
2012-10-07 08:47:38 PM
My cat, Nicholas.
 
2012-10-07 08:53:06 PM
My Pot and the Sex Slave I keep in the basement.
 
2012-10-07 08:57:00 PM
My most valuable possessions are the photos and videos of my kids, and all of those are backed up on an external drive that I keep off-site. I have lots of smoke detectors and no bedrooms on the second floor or basement, so I don't worry too much about getting out alive. I've always wondered if items in the basement are less likely to get fire damaged. I keep a few items in an accessible crawl space in my basement just because I figure they might be less likely to get fire damaged (or stolen).
 
2012-10-07 09:00:30 PM
Happened to me in 2005, watched an electrical fire from my meter box run to my roof in about 15 seconds, and the six minutes mentioned is about right before the black smoke fills up the place entirely. Wish I had taken a video inventory of every room just once before the fire, you don't really remember the small stuff you had when filing insurance claims. Second, those small fire safes use wax to seal up the edges to protect the contents from heat/water. If it isn't in the middle of the blaze, the wax doesn't melt, and you might have well used a shoebox because water will get in and ruin everything.
 
2012-10-07 09:00:55 PM
My parents. They really are one thing!
 
2012-10-07 09:01:08 PM

DarthBart: blueviking: Kanemano: I have a go bag with passport, cash, and credit cards.



a friend of mine's house burnt down and I learnt from them that not having ID in America is a nightmare

And my husband's going to think I'm even more paranoid, now...damn. Thanks for the idea. We live out in the country and the FD is volunteer, most likely there'll be jack all left by the time they get there.

Provided that the pets and hubby are out, I'd take my flash drive case.

You'd be surprised what a measley ol' country VFD can do. More than once my old department got a call soon enough and did the right things to save mobile homes.

If you've never seen a trailer burn, it is pretty damn impressive. All that pressboard and formaldehyde soaked paneling are borderline explosive.


I've seen a housefire before, never a trailer fire, but, given the "y'all watch this" element, I'd be surprised if we don't have one down the highway eventually.
 
2012-10-07 09:03:43 PM
My house.
 
2012-10-07 09:05:29 PM
As someone whose house burnt in February, I'm getting a kic...wait. No I'm not.

There is little worse than having your house burn. With all the electronics, rugs, and plastics it is a toxic hellhole. Get your ass out of the house. Stopping for personal crap or pets will more than likely get you killed.

Mrs. S_O_D was in the house 20 minutes before it went up. Her phone was turned off because of workplace rules and there is NO way to get ahold of her workplace (her manager had it explained in explicit terms why her phone will be on at all times in the future.) When I got the call that my house was burning and couldn't get ahold of her, I drove from Camden to Belfast in 7 1/2 minutes.

NSCSB.

/only thing I miss are the pets
 
2012-10-07 09:05:59 PM
My pot. And the dog. She won't go anywhere without the stash anyway, so they come as a package.
 
2012-10-07 09:09:45 PM
My Washington State medical marijuana certification.
 
2012-10-07 09:11:13 PM

Spanky McStupid: My Rick Astley collection

[images.sodahead.com image 350x262]

(never gonna give him up ...)

 

www.reactiongifs.com
 
2012-10-07 09:15:15 PM

PlasticMoby: This

[www.cowanauctions.com image 600x474]


i100.photobucket.com

After 96 years and four (going on five) generations in the family it's not going to be lost on my watch.

/assuming kid, wife, and pets are okay of course
 
2012-10-07 09:15:25 PM
If I had time to save two things, I'd save my wife and my dog.

If I had time to save only one thing, I'd die in a fire trying to save my wife and my dog.
 
2012-10-07 09:16:35 PM
Number one: the contents of my pockets.

The contents of my pockets.

Since the last fire, I've resolved to work on speed. Seeing the flames roar up one wall and down the other convinced me that the key thing to consider in a house fire is speed, promptness of action, speed and speed.
 
2012-10-07 09:17:11 PM
My virginity, since the basement's lost.
 
2012-10-07 09:17:24 PM

brap: I had a fire in my apartment building about a year ago and I spent my time banging on everyone's doors and telling them to get the hell out of my building.  I didn't really think about stuff, so I guess in the heat of the moment, nothing really matters exept people and what they decide they need.


A building I used to live in burned to the ground last night. Everyone got out ok. The red cross took them in. Was a rooming house, so I don't know what they would even have worth grabbing except phones, wallets etc. I know when i lived there i didn't have shiat.

Now, assuming my cats are smart enough to run out the door with me, it'd be my phone. I use it for net, phone and texting, and most importantly talking to my husband who's currently safely in england, far from the imaginary fire.
 
2012-10-07 09:18:46 PM

swamp_of_dumb: As someone whose house burnt in February, I'm getting a kic...wait. No I'm not.

There is little worse than having your house burn. With all the electronics, rugs, and plastics it is a toxic hellhole. Get your ass out of the house. Stopping for personal crap or pets will more than likely get you killed.

Mrs. S_O_D was in the house 20 minutes before it went up. Her phone was turned off because of workplace rules and there is NO way to get ahold of her workplace (her manager had it explained in explicit terms why her phone will be on at all times in the future.) When I got the call that my house was burning and couldn't get ahold of her, I drove from Camden to Belfast in 7 1/2 minutes.

NSCSB.

/only thing I miss are the pets


Condolences. That sucks.
 
2012-10-07 09:20:19 PM
i274.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-07 09:24:27 PM

olddeegee: After family, my 1973 Telecaster, my hard drives that have all family pictures, movies, and important documents.


I may have to burn down your house and escape with the Tele.
 
2012-10-07 09:24:36 PM
The dog, who's the only life-form in the house too stupid to save himself. And he's light enough to scoop up with one hand.

The other stuff is just stuff. The really, really important stuff is in a safe-deposit box, or a firebox that's WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA(breath)AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too heavy to schlep out during a fire.
 
2012-10-07 09:27:13 PM
I guess the antique Colt rifle inscribed to my ancestor by Colonel Colt. He was Stephen A Douglas' son, and personal secretary to president Grant.

Everything else is replaceable, and the dogs would evacuate themselves via the doggie door. They probably started it in the first place.... Note to self, blow out candles before bed...
 
2012-10-07 09:27:47 PM
My "box of important stuff."

Some might argue that isn't one thing, but it's one box. It has my entire life in it. Photo albums, my will, my late husband's death certificate, social security card, insurance policy information, birth certificate, letters from my grandmother, etc.

It's in my closet and if I had just that ONE box, I could start over and rebuild my life.
 
2012-10-07 09:27:48 PM

Rich Cream: taurusowner: My bug out kit with my gold and silver inside.

Yours is that readily accessible? Mine's hidden away in the basement. Take too long to get it in a rushed situation. Where's yours?

/stop, think


I have a large fire-proof gun safe that's bolted to the floor/wall and weighted. One side is guns, the other side is my bug out gear, backup document pack, and part of my gold/silver. I can open the safe, grab everything that I would need, including enough cash plus gold/silver to live on my own sans-house for months in about 3 minutes and be out the door. There's backups to all of my bugout gear in my Jeep as well, so the only think I really need out of the safe is the valuables and documents/IDs.
 
2012-10-07 09:30:05 PM

drewogatory: rev. dave


Well then the gun, since it might help me with who set the house on fire.
 
2012-10-07 09:33:20 PM

kiwimoogle84: My "box of important stuff."

Some might argue that isn't one thing, but it's one box. It has my entire life in it. Photo albums, my will, my late husband's death certificate, social security card, insurance policy information, birth certificate, letters from my grandmother, etc.

It's in my closet and if I had just that ONE box, I could start over and rebuild my life.


A decent start. Though if I were you, I would spring for a lockable fireproof safe/box (though you might already have that) and also put a spare drivers license, passport, a decently large amount of cash, some silver or gold rounds (might not be able to afford gold but silver is easy), and maybe a small concealable handgun(if it's legal) in that same box. Memories are what you want to keep, but the box, backup money, and firearm are good ways how to keep them.
 
2012-10-07 09:34:38 PM
And now that I RTFA, and it reminded me that I lived three blocks from where this fire started, I may have had to exercise such a snap judgment if the wind were blowing the opposite direction.
 
2012-10-07 09:40:56 PM

Last Man on Earth: Subby's mom.


Hmmm, considering she's been dead since 1986, knock yourself out.
 
2012-10-07 09:42:41 PM
my grand piano
 
2012-10-07 09:44:09 PM
A surprising amount can survive a fire. The fire was only barely out across the street when the firemen started hauling out baby stuff, photo albums, the homeowners wallet, cel phone and keys (he was in pajamas watching the Seahawks game when the fire started) and even armloads of baby clothes.

Makes me want to back up all our family photos to a cloud service, but little else in this place couldn't be replaced eventually.

We have had to convince my seven year old son that he is not to stop for anything if the house is burning, not even his first teddy bear.
 
2012-10-07 09:44:27 PM
Husband or cat depending on which one was having more difficulty in escaping on their own. Things can be replaced. Husband & cat, not so much.
 
2012-10-07 09:45:54 PM

NewportBarGuy: You answered that question (I also had the same ?) with so much awesomeness. Thanks for sharing. What an awesome piece and presentation. Cherish that always.


You're very welcome and i absolutely will. It was my grandfathers and when he died it became my fathers and then,when he died,it finally became mine. (Spooky coincidence, my dad was 25 when my grandpa died and i was 25 when my dad died. Fortunately i don't have any kids to kick start my death clock yet.lol)


JesseL: After 96 years and four (going on five) generations in the family it's not going to be lost on my watch.

/assuming kid, wife, and pets are okay of course



That....is.....BEAUTIFUL.

You,know i'm not really a gun person but there's just something about a 1911 Colt. I dunno what it is but i just love them.
 
2012-10-07 09:47:35 PM
Me.

I've been in that position before, when my home caught fire at night because of an electrical short in the wall. I lived alone, so my first priority was go get my ass out, pronto. As it was, I got 2nd and 3rd degree burns on the bottoms of my feet from running across burning carpet. If I'd given any thought to laptops, antiques, valuables, ANYTHING, I wouldn't have made it out myself ;)
 
2012-10-07 09:48:09 PM

taurusowner: some silver or gold rounds (might not be able to afford gold but silver is easy)


Where can you pick that kind of stuff up?
 
2012-10-07 09:49:20 PM

brantgoose: Number one: the contents of my pockets.

The contents of my pockets.

Since the last fire, I've resolved to work on speed. Seeing the flames roar up one wall and down the other convinced me that the key thing to consider in a house fire is speed, promptness of action, speed and speed.


This.

For a good time, crank the alarm clock to a random setting in the wee hours of the morning. Starting the instant the alarm goes off, you have 120 seconds to exit the building with your stuff. Including the 10-20 seconds you'll spend ripping plugs out of the back of the computer (or the 5-10 seconds you'll spend grabbing the backup drive from the rack). The 15 seconds you spend putting your pants on. The 10 seconds you spend fumbling for your wallet, cellphone, and/or keys. The 2-3 seconds you spend feeling each door between wherever you are and your exit, to make sure that you're not leaving a smoky room for an inferno, and making a go/no-go decision at each point.

For a really good time, do it blindfolded while on your knees. Fark is not your personal erotica site; I'm talking about trying to simulate the effects of trying to exit a house that's rapidly filling with smoke. Get out in 60 seconds, not 120, because you already used up the first 60 seconds of that 120-second limit sleeping while the place filled up with smoke. If you're still in the building when the alarm stops beeping, you're dead! (But congratulations, because this was only a simulation, you get to play again!)

It's an easy game to play if you don't mind spending ten seconds on your front porch in your pyjamas declaring victory. It's a lot harder if you're trying to get out with your paperwork, hardware, and dignity intact.

Time flies when you're having fun.
 
2012-10-07 09:57:50 PM
If I can assume that my cat will run out the door like always, and my insurance is able to cover most everything, I'd grab my Xbox.

You laugh, and rightly so, but I've got game saves on there totaling an excess of 1000 hours of my life over the past 6 years. Books, clothes, bedding, furniture... all of that stuff might have sentimental value but is hardly unique.
 
2012-10-07 09:58:11 PM

nikku88: [www.dailyhaha.com image 555x658]


Bingo
 
2012-10-07 09:59:07 PM
Fireboxes rule
 
2012-10-07 10:03:36 PM

SurelyShirley: Dogs


I thought I should add, that I live in a pine forest. If there's a fire 20 miles away, I start to get focused on evacuation.
Dogs are always first, then important docs (passport, ID, cash etc). Computer is backed up in the cloud, but If I have time to grab it, sure, why not. I don't collect "stuff" so whatever is left in the house is insured and replaceable.
 
2012-10-07 10:06:10 PM
Done in one.
 
2012-10-07 10:07:55 PM
My horse

lavachequilit.typepad.com
 
2012-10-07 10:11:38 PM
I am empty without my stuff. I go down with the ship. Maybe cap myself to escape the agony of burning to death.
 
2012-10-07 10:14:43 PM

DeArmondVI: My external HD.

Pretty much most of my life's output (including wedding pictures, essays, journals, geneology, various demos for bands I've been in over the years etc.) is on it. Also, every CD or DVD I have ever owned, and a good chunk of my favorite video games too.

/what's this "cloud" thing I keep hearing about?


Buy a second one. They die really, really, really easily. Mirror them.
 
2012-10-07 10:15:53 PM
My FARK password
 
2012-10-07 10:16:41 PM
I'm really well insured and the only thing I have of a sentimental value are photos, which are already on Dropbox, on my phone, and on my laptop. At least one of those three should survive.

So, yeah, assuming my wife and daughter as safe? I can't think of anything worth even the momentary risk of saving it. Everything else, I'll just cash a big, fat check and buy anew.
 
2012-10-07 10:21:16 PM
My sister had a fire at her place a few years back, and a few weeks after the fire she gave me her burned up computer to see if i could salvage her data for her. I was surprised that her hard drive survived as well as it did. The case looked like hell, and the insides were all soot covered. I cleaned off the board on her HD with some contact cleaner, and tried it in a external enclosure. Sure enough, it worked.

So computer cases do offer at least some protection.
 
2012-10-07 10:21:26 PM
Either my laptop or the flashdrive which contains a backup of all my documents.

If I had to replace everything else I own, it would decrease my personal net worth by about 6%. Inconvenient, but I would not cry big crocodile tears over it.
 
zez
2012-10-07 10:24:31 PM

PC LOAD LETTER: My porn collection. Oh, alright, my wife. Grumble.


Your wife is my porn collection
 
2012-10-07 10:30:54 PM
My wife can be woken up / get out on her own. After that: my kitty, then when safely out of the house, I have the computer in another part of the house (although anything really important is stored on a internet drive (AKA cloud)) so i could probably reach in and grab it and rip it loose without much trouble. The rest of the crap (including that computer) is replaceable.
 
2012-10-07 10:32:44 PM

Delay: NewportBarGuy: My Real Doll

Kwame?


....My goodness! One of the tops!
 
2012-10-07 10:33:45 PM

taurusowner: kiwimoogle84: My "box of important stuff."

Some might argue that isn't one thing, but it's one box. It has my entire life in it. Photo albums, my will, my late husband's death certificate, social security card, insurance policy information, birth certificate, letters from my grandmother, etc.

It's in my closet and if I had just that ONE box, I could start over and rebuild my life.

A decent start. Though if I were you, I would spring for a lockable fireproof safe/box (though you might already have that) and also put a spare drivers license, passport, a decently large amount of cash, some silver or gold rounds (might not be able to afford gold but silver is easy), and maybe a small concealable handgun(if it's legal) in that same box. Memories are what you want to keep, but the box, backup money, and firearm are good ways how to keep them.


Mr. Kiwi has a fire box. I figure that box is safe even if the rest of the building is ash. :) besides, he can grab that.

Who has a spare driver's license though? And I don't have a passport yet. Also, you have to have spare money for gold/silver, which I do not at the moment. Also, if I get in a bad bind, I'm WEARING several thousand dollars of platinum, diamonds and a carat sapphire. I never take it off.

My box is about the size of a regular size file box- there's lots of stuff in it. Paint and my paintbrushes, high school and college diploma, every birthday card I've ever gotten, address books, photos, family videos, my grandmother's cameo pendent...

If the house caught fire, if I could just get the box out to my car in the driveway, I'd be ok. I don't need a gun, I'll effing run you over. But yes, it's a nice thought. I just have things I can't replace EVER and some are sentimental, some vital. I figure I'll grab it all. Plus, quality oil paints and brushes are f'ing EXPENSIVE.
 
2012-10-07 10:36:16 PM
Assuming it's just me in the house AND that the cat can get out on his own: our ketubah (and by extension everything else in the fire safe we keep for important documents). Everything else can be relatively easily replaced.
 
2012-10-07 10:38:30 PM

Molavian: taurusowner: some silver or gold rounds (might not be able to afford gold but silver is easy)

Where can you pick that kind of stuff up?


http://www.jmbullion.com/

That's what I use.
 
2012-10-07 10:46:05 PM

JayR30: My kid and dog are ambulatory (nothing says otherwise). I would save my books. Nothing else is important to me. All my pics are backed up online


How few books do you have? You could tell me to distill my library down to the bare essentials and it would still be more than i could carry.
 
2012-10-07 10:47:14 PM

Hack Patooey: My ass


I don't get it????
i5.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-07 10:48:17 PM
The proof of purchase for my automatic Halon system.
 
2012-10-07 10:48:28 PM

Publikwerks: wingedkat: Hack Patooey: My ass

yup.

and the pets, if they aren't out already.

Dude, insurance will replace the pets. Are you going to file a claim for your porn collection?


How would you even replace that? An insurance agent spending days downloading from Pornhub?
 
2012-10-07 10:49:20 PM
The world from war.
 
2012-10-07 10:51:14 PM
I actually think about that a lot.

For years, I thought it was my guitar. Now, I think it would be my wallet and my family's passports.
 
2012-10-07 10:55:28 PM
A shrubbery. Ni!
 
2012-10-07 10:55:36 PM
Ironically my fire safe, with both handguns, $5000 in cash, and all my documents. House deed, car deed, insurance, etc...
 
2012-10-07 11:29:21 PM

anotar: The ashtray, the remote control, the paddle game, this magazine and the chair. And I don't need one other thing except my dog.


Well I don't need my dog.


I see what you did there!

//lol
///Get away from those cans!
 
2012-10-07 11:33:39 PM
Just this ashtray...
 
2012-10-07 11:34:45 PM
i have a bugout briefcase. Could be a hurricane flood, fire, who knows. It has like a 1 year old backup of my hard drive (better than nothing) and a bunch of dumb stuff I thought were important like photocopies of my passport. Guitars can be replaced, though I might try to save my 5 string rumblefish, a detroit original.
 
2012-10-07 11:36:20 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2012-10-07 11:37:52 PM
I'd grab my clothes so I'm not bare assed, and on the way out my box of receipts so the insurance company couldn't rip me off. I already have pictures of everything stored at work.
 
2012-10-07 11:38:15 PM
A fifth of whiskey to drink away the sorrow of being homeless.
 
2012-10-07 11:39:40 PM
www.jennymacbeth.com
 
2012-10-07 11:40:58 PM
Kitty cat.
 
2012-10-07 11:41:16 PM
Probably my one inch fire hose hooked into the main line between valves right beside the house.
By god I'll be sure to get THAT out if my house is on fire.

Its over by the cut-off for the power, by my helmet.
 
2012-10-08 12:01:21 AM
Uh, first of all, wasn't me.

Of course, gotta take a towel. Because I read about it in a book somewhere.
 
2012-10-08 12:04:13 AM

cman: Nothing. In fact I probably wouldnt leave the house if it was on fire. I would just sit there until it was over.



Same.

Might as well pour that one last really strong rum and coke so that you go FWOOOOM really fast and don't feel a thing.
 
2012-10-08 12:09:18 AM

Zarquon's Flat Tire: some_beer_drinker: the wooden toilet roll handle.

Wow. Just wow.



We are assuming it's the modified one, of course.
 
2012-10-08 12:10:01 AM
My house.
 
2012-10-08 12:10:47 AM

bigpeeler: My house.


Dammit should have read the thread first!
 
2012-10-08 12:22:38 AM

DeArmondVI: My external HD.

Pretty much most of my life's output (including wedding pictures, essays, journals, geneology, various demos for bands I've been in over the years etc.) is on it. Also, every CD or DVD I have ever owned, and a good chunk of my favorite video games too.

/what's this "cloud" thing I keep hearing about?


This. Considering every DVD is also on said HD, I'd have room to carry more. So probably the hand made knives my father in law made for us too.
 
2012-10-08 12:25:32 AM

Hack Patooey: My ass


Survey complete.
 
2012-10-08 12:27:13 AM

TheOther: taurusowner: rev. dave: That is easy, my ammunition for my .44. It could kill someone if a fire ignited it and that would be my ass.

No it can't unless it's inside a firearm at the time. Ammunition needs the confines of a chamber to create the necessary force for the bullet to move and penetrate. The explosion of the powder in a chambered round has nowhere to go except forward, and it pushes the bullet out with the resulting speed and force. However, when a cartridges is ignited when not chambered it has almost no force. In fact, it will be the cartridge that will move while the bullet remains mostly in place since the brass is much lighter. Think of igniting a firecracker in your open palm. You might get a slight burn. But close your hand around the firecracker and you'll lose your fingers. The explosion of powder in a ammunition cartridge without the confines of a chamber is almost entirely harmless. The bullet won't even penetrate your clothes or leave a bruise.

Hmmm...has this been demonstrated on Mythbusters?


Having tossed a fer shotgun shells in the fire in a moment of drunken stupidity, I would agree with this assessment.
 
2012-10-08 12:28:00 AM
Unopened bottle of Sam Adams Utopias
 
2012-10-08 12:31:25 AM
The Staff i used to break my Window, The two computers Blocking my way out of the window, and my small box of unknown items... GET AWAY FROM ME!!!!!! ...attached to my ass
 
2012-10-08 12:33:59 AM
Odd to see how many material possessions people cling to while considering this situation...
Which is fine, humans are weird with their quirky selfish possessions, such as I am too.
But as the Headline asked, to pick only one, which is difficult.

Rational me: Cell phone to call 911 to save as much crap as possible.

Scared "Oh shiat, the house is on fire" me: Probably the beer or some water...
 
2012-10-08 12:34:52 AM
My kitteh of course. I have insurance, everything else is easily replaceable.

Plus any documents/data/etc that I care at all about are in a fireproof safe (they are cheap).
 
2012-10-08 12:35:50 AM
oh yeah, and my rifle in the corner...
 
2012-10-08 12:46:20 AM
Stop telling the internet where you keep your bug out bag.

/get off my lawn
 
2012-10-08 12:46:32 AM
My laptop...no,
my kids...no,
My laptop.
 
2012-10-08 01:03:11 AM
Having been in two very smoky apartment fires in NYC in the last 15 years, I can pretty confidently say that any of you farkwits talking about saving your guns are FULL OF SHIAT. Personally, I'd prioritize my lappy over anything non-living. But here's the thing; one good gulp of smoke and you are farking in survival mode. And house smoke is not like any other kind of smoke, not campfire, not a tire fire; it is the smell of death and destruction; paint, wires, plastic, plaster, all the shiat you NEVER want to smell burn in closed quarters. And when you open a door and a blast of heat and choking smoke smashes you in the face and that is what is between you and the front door a couple stories down, you do not give a shiat about 'stuff'.

Both times I spent a few minutes trying to see if I could put it out, fire extinguishers, water buckets. Then the smoke hits and the most cogent thought I could get was FIND SHOES AND COAT AND RUN OR CRAWL TO NEAREST EXIT (both were in winter).
 
2012-10-08 01:16:02 AM
My cat and tortoise
 
2012-10-08 01:39:18 AM

Publikwerks: wingedkat: Hack Patooey: My ass

yup.

and the pets, if they aren't out already.

Dude, insurance will replace the pets. Are you going to file a claim for your porn collection?


My entire computer is backed up off site. everything else can be replaced.
 
2012-10-08 01:46:16 AM
The Fire
 
2012-10-08 02:01:21 AM
assuming all family and pets are out, my go bag.
 
2012-10-08 02:11:54 AM
My keys.

I keep a 3-day/BoB in my car, along with a change of clothes, small shaving kit, seasonal clothes, two blank checks (from the back of the checkbook) and $200 cash. (About 1 cubic foot.) All of my important info is digitized and stored on an encrypted disk. I keep a redundant disk in a safe deposit box with all the hard copies of important documents. I rotate the disks into the box once a month, so I am only ever without 1-month's worth of data.

The BoB/car stash doubles as my base hiking kit, minus the tent/sleeping bag. So it is constantly updated and used.

Cell phone would be nice. But I remember pre-cell phone and pre-computer days. So they're really just a convenience.
 
2012-10-08 02:18:43 AM

Satan's Dumptruck Driver: My keys.

I keep a 3-day/BoB in my car, along with a change of clothes, small shaving kit, seasonal clothes, two blank checks (from the back of the checkbook) and $200 cash. (About 1 cubic foot.) All of my important info is digitized and stored on an encrypted disk. I keep a redundant disk in a safe deposit box with all the hard copies of important documents. I rotate the disks into the box once a month, so I am only ever without 1-month's worth of data.

The BoB/car stash doubles as my base hiking kit, minus the tent/sleeping bag. So it is constantly updated and used.

Cell phone would be nice. But I remember pre-cell phone and pre-computer days. So they're really just a convenience.


I just keep a spare set of keys in my bag. But I live in memphis, best not to leave anything of value in your car. (I have an emergency kit in the trunk though)
 
2012-10-08 02:31:56 AM
My Midget porn.
 
2012-10-08 03:42:40 AM
My house is on fire, and I can only save one thing?

Sounds like somebody's been eating weird berries in the woods.

/nothing is obscure on Fark.
 
2012-10-08 04:20:06 AM
I'd say my cat, but he'd probably already have alerted me to the fire before any alarm went off. He's a little hero. But that is what I'd save. Everything else is just "stuff".
 
2012-10-08 05:45:57 AM
My dogs.
 
2012-10-08 07:27:37 AM

Twilight Farkle: brantgoose: Number one: the contents of my pockets.

The contents of my pockets.

Since the last fire, I've resolved to work on speed. Seeing the flames roar up one wall and down the other convinced me that the key thing to consider in a house fire is speed, promptness of action, speed and speed.

This.

For a good time, crank the alarm clock to a random setting in the wee hours of the morning. Starting the instant the alarm goes off, you have 120 seconds to exit the building with your stuff. Including the 10-20 seconds you'll spend ripping plugs out of the back of the computer (or the 5-10 seconds you'll spend grabbing the backup drive from the rack). The 15 seconds you spend putting your pants on. The 10 seconds you spend fumbling for your wallet, cellphone, and/or keys. The 2-3 seconds you spend feeling each door between wherever you are and your exit, to make sure that you're not leaving a smoky room for an inferno, and making a go/no-go decision at each point.

For a really good time, do it blindfolded while on your knees. Fark is not your personal erotica site; I'm talking about trying to simulate the effects of trying to exit a house that's rapidly filling with smoke. Get out in 60 seconds, not 120, because you already used up the first 60 seconds of that 120-second limit sleeping while the place filled up with smoke. If you're still in the building when the alarm stops beeping, you're dead! (But congratulations, because this was only a simulation, you get to play again!)

It's an easy game to play if you don't mind spending ten seconds on your front porch in your pyjamas declaring victory. It's a lot harder if you're trying to get out with your paperwork, hardware, and dignity intact.

Time flies when you're having fun.


A friend of my father lost his house due to a fire.
He said he was on the living room when the candle fell on the carpet, and the time it took him to run to grab his fire extinguisher on the other room and come back the flames were already up to the ceiling and the heat was too high to stay on the room. It took less than 40 seconds for the fire to be out of control.
His story scares me.
 
2012-10-08 07:58:57 AM
My computer - everything else is replaceable
 
2012-10-08 08:45:27 AM
My Guns
 
2012-10-08 08:46:50 AM
Always a good idea to have the irreplaceable family photos being backed up offsite through backblaze or carbonite or mozy. You shouldn't have to worry about them in a fire.

And then every month or so you should make a copy of the files to an external hard drive in case the service you pick goes belly up.
 
2012-10-08 09:12:37 AM
The original 1874 Sharps rifle with double set triggers and vernier tang sight.

And the wife, if she already has the rifle.
 
2012-10-08 11:17:33 AM
I'd just get the weasels. Can't think of any "stuff" anywhere near as important.

/scary thought
 
2012-10-08 11:26:35 AM
My roommate. Unless she's out, in which case my cat. Unless she's fled, in which case my roommate's cats. If they've also escaped, then my laptop.
 
2012-10-08 11:49:43 AM

dv-ous: My roommate. Unless she's out, in which case my cat. Unless she's fled, in which case my roommate's cats. If they've also escaped, then my laptop.


the sad part is, most pets wont flee a burning house... they'll just hide under the furniture :(
 
2012-10-08 12:11:15 PM
I read that as "your spouse is on fire"! I got excited
 
2012-10-08 12:36:30 PM

greenwald: A friend of my father lost his house due to a fire.
He said he was on the living room when the candle fell on the carpet, and the time it took him to run to grab his fire extinguisher on the other room and come back the flames were already up to the ceiling and the heat was too high to stay on the room. It took less than 40 seconds for the fire to be out of control.
His story scares me.


Jesus, was it a former meth lab or something?! Scary!
I'm suddenly MUCH happier with our complete lack of carpet in this house.

We have a firebox with some things in it, but are not anywhere NEAR prepared enough... dropbox has a lot of good stuff saved for us, but yeah, not everything... /shudder
 
2012-10-08 12:37:19 PM
When my house *was* on fire, it went a little something like this:

1. Grab nearest cat, run outside, and fling into car.
2. Run back inside for other cat, run outside, fling into car.
3. Run back inside for guitars, run outside, place carefully in car.
4. Run back inside to call 911.
5. Explain to 911 operator that phone is right next to fire, thus I cannot remain on the line until the fire department arrives.
6. Run back outside.
7. Knock on door of elderly neighbor on other side of duplex to warn her.

/if you have a floor furnace and a cat, you too can have a fire started by an unlit candle!
 
2012-10-08 02:09:41 PM
1) Wife
2) Cats

There's honestly nothing else. All of our digital photos and PC images are backed up offsite. We don't really have any non-digital photos to speak of. I guess I might try to grab wallets to avoid the inconvenience of have no ID but I could live without them as well.
 
2012-10-08 03:37:28 PM
Can't choose single cat (there are 10). If we each grabbed one, we could still lose 8. But if we prop door open, all might get out (highly desired result).
 
2012-10-08 04:06:27 PM

laulaja: Can't choose single cat (there are 10). If we each grabbed one, we could still lose 8. But if we prop door open, all might get out (highly desired result).


api.ning.com
 
2012-10-08 05:11:10 PM
My House
 
2012-10-08 06:20:46 PM
Isn't gold and silver to damn heavy to carry much of?
 
2012-10-08 06:31:32 PM

KingZombie: I read that as "your spouse is on fire"! I got excited



Your spouse- your spouse- your spouse is on fire


i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-10-08 06:35:26 PM

WeenerGord: Isn't gold and silver to damn heavy to carry much of?


Other hand I heard it said
it's just as hard with the weight of lead
 
2012-10-08 08:47:39 PM

taurusowner: Molavian: taurusowner: some silver or gold rounds (might not be able to afford gold but silver is easy)

Where can you pick that kind of stuff up?

http://www.jmbullion.com/

That's what I use.


Thanks!
 
2012-10-08 11:10:11 PM
I'd pull my 69 Daytona out of the garage.
 
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