2. Here are 21 songs to soundtrack the Mayan Apocalypse, which may or may not arrive tomorrow

  3. When Halley’s Comet reappeared in 1910, the Chicago Yerkes Observatory made the poorly calculated decision to announce that it had detected a poisonous gas in the comet’s tail. The New York Times added fuel to the fire by quoting a French astronomer as saying this gas “would impregnate that atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet.” Panic ensued, gas masks were purchased, and people began loading up on “comet pills,” which promised to counter the effects of the noxious gas. In an attempt to keep the fumes at bay, homeowners placed pieces of paper over their locks. 

    What actually happened: The planet remained undisturbed. Once the comet had passed, The Chicago Tribune announced to readers, “We’re still here.”

    6 predicted apocalypses that never happened


  4. A few years ago, a California-based company called Vivos produced snickers when it introduced a series of luxury survival bunkers. Equipped with all the medical, recreational, and other gear one might need when the world comes to an end, the bunkers seemed to have it all. Only one problem: Starting at tens of thousands of dollars, they were beyond the budget of most suburban survivalists. Enter the Vivos 1000, a “bargain” economy-class bunker, which you can squeeze into for just $9,950 per person. “Now, virtually anyone can afford a boarding pass,” the company says.

    Here’s a look at what exactly $10,000 will get you when the world ends


  5. The city of New York has drawn up a manual for state bureaucrats in the event of a “catastrophic threat” like an airborne epidemic or “radiological and chemical” attack. There’s no way they aren’t talking about zombies here, says Daniel W. Drezner at Foreign Policy. I mean, radiological contaminations? “Wake up and smell the rotting corpses of the undead, people!!!!!” Here, a quick rundown of what the state could legally do in the event of a Hollywood-style disaster:

    • Enforce a curfew
    • Commandeer citizens’ property
    • Hand out medicine, but only to the fittest
    • Quarantine exposed or contagious individuals

    Explanations and further info here.


  6. …all of which happened in the last week or so. Did you know 40,000 crabs just washed up on the shores of England?