Apparently, according to this article, the Russian people are panicking even more than us about the pending end of the world. They’re buying up all the supplies of the critical stuff for a good end of the world party: candles and vodka. I suspect, for some, it’s any excuse is a good excuse to have a party.
It’s not obvious to me why the Russians are particularly susceptible to this scam, but their media has been running even junker stuff than ours with an extra dose of sensationalism laid on top. Apparently having the Russian President attempt to debunk the rumors doesn’t help. But Russians may have some more vivid memories of social collapse in nearly end of the world (certainly of the regime) scenarios. Plus they certainly have more memories about shortages.
So now it’s a mere five days to go before this particular hysteria is disproven, but I suspect a new set will quickly replace it on 12/22/2012. All those preppers will have all that expensive freeze-dried food to eat (have they ever tried it, it was only tolerable for me while backpacking since weight mattered more than taste, but the cardboard probably tastes as good (and possibly has as much nutrition)).
What I don’t understand, about the domestic preppers, is what they think will be outside when they crawl out of their holes. Do they think somehow the world will have managed to repair itself while they were hiding? So the economic collapse or pole reverse or the sunstorms or the ??? will now be over and then life, minus a few billion people, undoubtedly shot by the preppers (which is what prepping is really all about, guns). Oh joy, emerge from your hole to live in conditions resembling those after the fall of Rome, but you’ll be used to modern things like antiseptics and anesthetics, so enjoy primitive medical care (at least you won’t be complaining about Obamacare). Like most of the people who saw the apocalyptic The Day After I want to be right under the blast and obliterated instantly so I don’t get the fun of a long-drawn out death. So why do preppers want that?
So, if there are any Russians out there reading this post, please see my other post and take me up on my offer.