Are you prepared for Doomsday...Preppers the new crazypants show on NatGeo?

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I watched the first episode last night and lolol'd most of the way through

- highlights: couple in house made of 9 shipping containers, with enough food stored to last FIFTEEN YEARS (actually would probably bro down with them when the apocalypse comes, their shit was TITE)
- the same couple who believe that the north and south poles are due to FLIP (a statement that was not rebutted until tiny footnote at the end of the show, lol)
- botany man eating plants along the LA river
- pole dancer from Houston who...well she was just crazy

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 February 2012 02:33 (five years ago) Permalink

polar shift gives me the willies way more than any other doomsday scenario

NO bulbs (electricsound), Thursday, 9 February 2012 02:37 (five years ago) Permalink

someone told me that the polarshift stuff is tied to Mayan Calendar doomsday? I'm not up on all my doomsday scenarios, so I dunno

Janet Snakehole (VegemiteGrrl), Thursday, 9 February 2012 04:10 (five years ago) Permalink

someone told me that the polarshift stuff is tied to Mayan Calendar doomsday? I'm not up on all my doomsday scenarios, so I dunno

The jumping off point is this page at NASA: http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast15feb_1/ - note that they're talking about the Sun's magnetic poles changing in 2012 (not the earth's). The claim is that the solar flip (which occurs every solar cycle - 11 years) will affect the earth's flip.

Watching the hell out of this show

Stockhausen's Ekranoplan Quartet (Elvis Telecom), Thursday, 9 February 2012 17:23 (five years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This show is amazing.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:39 (five years ago) Permalink

The way NatGeo phrases everything as hints and tips like a how-to show is so wrong.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:40 (five years ago) Permalink

It has that Hoarders affect, where it sort of makes you question how crazy you are and if the show's producers really do want you to be crazy. I think they do.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:42 (five years ago) Permalink

Is there a coffee table book on most badass post-apocalyptic dogs?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Digs.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink


polar shift gives me the willies way more than any other doomsday scenario

― NO bulbs (electricsound), Wednesday, February 8, 2012 6:37 PM (1 month ago) Bookmark

Me too, that shit is real and should be coming around any time now, geologically speaking. Not exactly doomsday, just that nothing involving electricity would work any more.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:43 (five years ago) Permalink

as long as it doesn't happen the way these bozos say it will: ie we will all flip upside down and it will suddenly be Greenland in Texas

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 01:57 (five years ago) Permalink

lol no, it is a periodic reversal of the earth's magnetic field, happens every few hundred thousand years iirc. Geologists use it to date strata because the metallic particles are oriented differently depending on which way the poles were at the time.

Flat Of NAGLs (sleeve), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:00 (five years ago) Permalink

in the very first ep dude was all 'we gotta be prepared it's gonna be snowing here when the poles shift' O_o

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Yellowstone Super Volcano is my favorite doomsday scenario

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:07 (five years ago) Permalink

"The last full-scale eruption of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, the Lava Creek eruption which happened nearly 640,000 years ago,[21] ejected approximately 240 cubic miles (1,000 km3) of rock, dust and volcanic ash into the sky.[13]" - California real estate gets waaaaaay cheaper

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:09 (five years ago) Permalink

But the dude who was prepping for that lived in New York which kinda made me lol.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I loved that stupid hippie urban-jungle guy who was making salad out of grass and stuff. And they tell him all the things he needs to do to prepare and he's like, 'No, I'm fine, thanks though'

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:12 (five years ago) Permalink

supposedly everyone as far away as the Mississippi River is getting incinerated, come the Super Volcano
I think that's my favorite part - I'll just be minding my own business, driving to work and then BOOM I get Pompeii'd.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:16 (five years ago) Permalink

I think my favorite so far has been the suburban pandemic mom --- the one that bars her daughter-in-law from joining the run-through drill because she showed up late and is now 'infected'.

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:18 (five years ago) Permalink

would rather be killed by volcano or indeed anything than wake up to find all the earth's data has been erased tbh

titanius sterlingsmith, fancyman of corwood (electricsound), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:18 (five years ago) Permalink

http://romerobrooks.com/2012/02/doomsdayprepperpwnt/

one of the Preppers blew his thumb off for the cameras

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:19 (five years ago) Permalink

xpost otm

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:19 (five years ago) Permalink

ugh that thumb guy was a DOUCHE

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:19 (five years ago) Permalink

also he fainted on camera too :D

Peppermint Patty Hearst (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 4 April 2012 02:19 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Three such eruptions are known: One was 2.1 million years ago. Another was 1.3 million years ago.

The most recent was 640,0000 years ago.

how's life, Friday, 13 December 2013 20:37 (four years ago) Permalink

This show is disappointing - you get a small dose of their overall crazy, but the show's voice is neither jokey enough nor serious enough for me. I either want pop-up video blurbs on the futility of each family's preparations in the face of Armageddon or I want them to really bust on guys who think three 55-gallon drums of water and some MREs are going to let them survive in their bunker.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 13 December 2013 23:28 (four years ago) Permalink

"Jed, perhaps instead of stockpiling firearms you should take up running. Your risk of diabetes is 89% higher than the risk of Weimar-esque inflation."

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Friday, 13 December 2013 23:29 (four years ago) Permalink

Well-designed studies have shown what you'd already suspect, that humans in general are very bad at estimating the odds of various events that are not within their ordinary daily experience. They tend to fixate on dramatic, easily grasped scenarios that become vivid in their imaginations, like being eaten alive by pumas or dying in a fiery plane crash, while completely overlooking less colorful scenarios as falling off a ladder while cleaning the gutters.

Aimless, Saturday, 14 December 2013 01:04 (four years ago) Permalink

four years pass...

I guess this is the only prepper thread we have. Not a TV show, but I have just learned of the existence of this publication:

http://imgs.zinio.com/dag/500804399/2018/416435624/cover.jpg?width=561&height=746

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love this cover photo. Suburban Dad, Your Day Has Arrived!

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:12 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I have often thought about starting a prepper thread, but this will work nicely

sleeve, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:21 (two weeks ago) Permalink

BTW I checked and that photo is apparently Mykel Hawke himself. http://www.mykelhawke.com/.

I would v much like to learn to craft my own fighting stick.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

1) Break a medium-sized branch off of the nearest tree.
2) Grip the base of the branch firmly and wail on the nearest passerby.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I love prepper talk

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Winco has this little prepper section with mre’s and bulk freeze dried foods and seeds and huge buckets etc and I always eye them but Mr Veg has vetoed me from bringing them home :(

and i want a handcrank radio so bad

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:35 (two weeks ago) Permalink

luv2be on my deathbed and lamenting the thousands of hours and untold dollars wasted preparing for my role as a fallout npc instead of engaging with my family or doing literally anything constructive with my life

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:37 (two weeks ago) Permalink

'bury me with my iodine pills and engrave FUCK YOU GOT MINE on my headstone'

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:40 (two weeks ago) Permalink

but but... i have a bunker

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 18:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i can’t deny these guys are fascinating but there’s no getting away from the fact that madly prepping for an oncoming apocalypse instead of, y’know, trying to work collectively to prevent it happening in the first place is an utterly poisonous mindset

and also, dare i say it, kinda uniquely american

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

uv2be on my deathbed and lamenting the thousands of hours and untold dollars wasted preparing for my role as a fallout npc instead of engaging with my family or doing literally anything constructive with my life

This is what goes through my mind too. You've spent (ie wasted) a good deal of your actual life preparing for some hellscape shitty version of your life that probably won't materialize. What is so great about your life that you need to go to such extremes? "Well my family and I must survive the apocalypse, cause otherwise we won't get to enjoy our full lives. Which consist in large part of preparing for the apocalypse".

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

plus if it comes down to eating canned foods and living underground, and then hopefully being able to emerge out into a post-apocalyptic hellscape...uh I'd rather myself and my family be dead.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yeah, i was gonna say the same thing

like if the end of the world is coming, hell yeah i wanna be in the first tranche of the dead tbh, i’ve seen enough postapocalyptic fiction to know i don’t wanna be fighting other starving wretches for the last morsel of raw human baby

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'd like to draw a clear distinction between standard "preparedness" for an earthquake, hurricane, etc. and the kind of hoarder-type "full prepper" mentality. Preparedness makes sense and I'm interested in it. You should have water and food for emergencies. Full on paranoid stockpiling... not really my thing. Ideally I'd like to discuss both here.

sleeve, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:08 (two weeks ago) Permalink

These covers are great. "Bugging out" vs. "hunkering down" seems to be a hotly debated topic for preppers.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/719kXhywLWL.jpg

jmm, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:09 (two weeks ago) Permalink

haha I bet! that mag is out of control.

sleeve, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

kinda uniquely American

first society in history to be built on the mindset that "we're all here together to fight each other on our way to the top".

A is for (Aimless), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

well, yeah

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

seems to be working out well for u guys too

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:10 (two weeks ago) Permalink

"When Is Amputation the Only Option?"

Feel like a poll of Recoil Offgrid headlines could be useful.

a man often referred to in the news media as the Duke of Saxony (tipsy mothra), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 19:30 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i don’t wanna be fighting other starving wretches for the last morsel of raw human baby

Yeah, but if you prepare you'll be able to cook that baby!

nickn, Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I've already canned a few fresh babies using my stick made tinning kit.

♫ very clever with maracas.jpg ♫ (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:18 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Imagine being lodged in that scrum of torsos, each with their limbs neatly sheared off via unfortunate-but-necessary self-amputation, teeth gnashing wildly in the hopes of latching onto just a scrap of that sweet infant flesh, only to eventually realize that you're raking your incisors against the surface of a half-melted Betsy Wetsy doll. And gnawing a hunk of that waste-soaked plastic because, hell, what else are ya gonna eat.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

insufficient respect ott for the potentially life-saving information provided by this magazine

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71luZlte6WL._SX522_.jpg

Brad C., Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

It's really no different than keeping a stash of rations in your rucksack, when you think about it.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:45 (two weeks ago) Permalink

brb gonna pitch my ‘lone wolf and cub meets the road’ screenplay

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:51 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Lone Wolf's Cub Meets My Belly, morelike.

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

What does post-apocalyptic man subsist on once the inevitable infertility phase kicks in?

Bobby Buttrock (Old Lunch), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

other post-apocalyptic men

pee-wee and the power men (bizarro gazzara), Wednesday, 3 January 2018 20:59 (two weeks ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XWrLmoBIIig

Brad C., Wednesday, 3 January 2018 21:00 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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