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(Medical Xpress)   Study says people who watch fictional apocalyptic movies are more likely to be psychologically prepared when similar events unfold in real life. Lord Humongous, Auntie Entity approve   (medicalxpress.com) divider line
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2020-07-06 9:45:02 PM  
Optimism is not safe
 
2020-07-06 9:46:19 PM  
If the missles fly, I'm headed toward them, or at least standing on my roof to wait.
 
2020-07-06 9:48:02 PM  
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Patton's a smart guy, he's a wastelander. Like me.
 
2020-07-06 9:50:41 PM  
I've been playing Fallout 4 every day for almost three months now.  My lazy ass will be among the first to go down.
 
2020-07-06 9:52:18 PM  
Oh, crap. Does this mean I'm a Prepper?
 
2020-07-06 9:55:39 PM  

Doctor Funkenstein: I've been playing Fallout 4 every day for almost three months now.  My lazy ass will be among the first to go down.


Right there with you. I accept that I'll be the 3rd skull to the right in the skull pile when the apocalypse comes.
 
2020-07-06 10:01:29 PM  

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Patton's a smart guy, he's a wastelander. Like me.


Wife says zombies.....

I say zombies/wastelander.....
 
2020-07-06 10:01:37 PM  

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Patton's a smart guy, he's a wastelander. Like me.


Nope. Can't read it. I watched Annihilated. Once. Can't risk it again.
 
2020-07-06 10:38:11 PM  

Notabunny: Oh, crap. Does this mean I'm a Prepper?


Dr. Pepper - "I'm a Pepper" TV Commercial 70's
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But watch out for werewolves. In London.
 
2020-07-06 10:51:51 PM  
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Well... he's got my vote
 
2020-07-07 1:02:44 AM  
I'm too old to survive the fast zombies, maybe with a head start. I feel better about the slow ones that go by sound and smell.
 
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2020-07-07 3:30:00 AM  
Sure, Jan.  Left Behind made you better than me.  Mm-hm ok.
 
2020-07-07 4:35:33 AM  
Tom Petty is dead, so there goes my "Oregon becomes the center of everything" Postman apocalyptic future.

/woulda been boring anyway
 
2020-07-07 5:21:09 AM  
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2020-07-07 6:48:40 AM  
Aw man. I thought I had more time to get my abs and glutes tight. I am not ready for leather chaps and standing all day in the back of an armored El Camino, especially in this humidity.
 
2020-07-07 6:57:01 AM  
Last year I started listening to all kinds of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic audio books. I have probably fifteen of them, some zombie, some disease, some EMP, some natural disasters. I quickly came to the conclusion that if anything at all disturbs my current level of comfort (sparse as it may be), I will not survive an hour.

It has taken a lot of pressure off, I guess.
 
2020-07-07 7:42:29 AM  
Goddamn Kevin Costner...
 
2020-07-07 7:44:55 AM  
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I just now finished reading this trilogy of short story collections, The Apocalypse Triptych, by John Joseph Adam and Hugh Howey.

"The End Is Nigh" has stories from just before the Apocalypse (pre-apocalyptic fiction) "The End Is Now" has stories from during the Apocalypse, and "The End Has Come" has post-apocalyptic fiction. Most of the short story authors wrote a story for each of the three books, and these trilogies of short stories are usually linked.

Of the stories that featured epidemics, most went with versions of the flu. None predicted a common cold becoming a deadly pandemic, though at least one or two did predict appalling behavior from the American government which must have seemed implausible when these books were published in 2014 and 2015. Those authors couldn't have known how much further they needed to ramp up the incompetence and indifference of both the government and its citizenry to match reality.

If you're a fan of the Wool / Shift / Dust trilogy of books by Hugh Howey, you can find a trilogy of short stories in this series by Howey that act as an epilogue.
 
2020-07-07 8:05:48 AM  

Doctor Funkenstein: I've been playing Fallout 4 every day for almost three months now.  My lazy ass will be among the first to go down.


X-Com here.  That's my guess for what's next on Apocalypse Bingo. I'm getting a cutting laser at work too, so maybe I can start with laser weapons when the invasion starts and skip the conventional guns.
 
2020-07-07 8:44:00 AM  

cretinbob: Optimism is not safe


They are when they run in packs:

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2020-07-07 8:47:10 AM  

silvervial: Last year I started listening to all kinds of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic audio books. I have probably fifteen of them, some zombie, some disease, some EMP, some natural disasters. I quickly came to the conclusion that if anything at all disturbs my current level of comfort (sparse as it may be), I will not survive an hour.

It has taken a lot of pressure off, I guess.


My advice to you is to eat a lot of corn.  I like marbling.
 
2020-07-07 8:48:39 AM  

pxlboy: If the missles fly, I'm headed toward them, or at least standing on my roof to wait.


In Soviet Russia, missile heads towards *YOU*!
 
2020-07-07 9:01:10 AM  
I can see why consuming apocalyptic entertainment might make you more at ease with the current situation.

After all, this really isn't all that bad from a historical standpoint.  Anyone with even a passing familiarity with history understands that we've had much worse epidemics, and on a more local level, far, *FAR* worse disasters.

Watching/listening to/reading apocalyptic fiction reminds you of how much worse things *COULD* be.  We're not wandering around a mostly deserted London (28 Days) or NYC (Omega Man).  We aren't driving around the Australian Outback looking for guzzoline, or sailing bodacious trimarans across an endless sea.  We aren't slowly dying of radiation poisoning, or being wiped out by alienses, or consumed by grey goo.  We don't have articulated metal skeletons rounding us up for extermination.  We don't have a extinction-level asteroid on it's way (that we know about).

We've got a nasty disease that is fatal in a very small percentage of cases, and those are mostly the elderly.

It's not the end of the world, so people used to end of the world scenarios have the perspective to say "Well, it could be a lot worse......"
 
2020-07-07 9:03:08 AM  

dittybopper: NYC (Omega Man)


Wait, sorry:  The Omega Man was Los Angeles, I Am Legend was NYC.
 
2020-07-07 9:15:57 AM  
Pfft.

I started seeing The Matrix after I passed my statics and dynamics classes way back in the mid-80s.
 
2020-07-07 9:24:03 AM  
I'm reminded of those long screeds people have written on Twitter about how looking after your family means making sure they're well-educated, washing their hands, eating healthy, and soon on rather than stocking up on guns and playing soldier on weekends.
 
2020-07-07 9:55:10 AM  

Nurglitch: I'm reminded of those long screeds people have written on Twitter about how looking after your family means making sure they're well-educated, washing their hands, eating healthy, and soon on rather than stocking up on guns and playing soldier on weekends.


Soon on?  Soon on?   Soon on *WHAT*?  You're farkin' killing me here!
 
2020-07-07 10:04:48 AM  
Watch this & prepare yourselves, fellow preppers:
Strange Brew - Mutants of 2051 AD
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2020-07-07 11:37:34 AM  
Most of us are soft enough we'd die. It's not a shameful thing. We are products of a world that kept the "weak" (diabetes, cancer, etc) alive.

You basically got one job at that point. (If species survival is a desire)

Find all the younglings you can, and teach them about shooting, scrounging, and deception.
 
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