Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Just in case the world ends on Friday

My blogpost dated December 10, 2012 had already staked the claim that the world will NOT end on December 21, 2012! However, this has not stopped people from biting their fingernails and worry – what if the world really is to end on that day?

Marketers are getting into the act too. Check out the latest advert for American dessert Jell-O – it is suggesting that if the pudding was to be offered to the Gods, it may stave off the impending apocalypse that doomsayers expect to come this Friday:

You can never be too sure, right? Just in case most of the human race is wiped out on December 21, George Arnett writing in UK’s The Independent yesterday suggested you should spend the next thirty-six hours or so shopping to stock up on:














1. Peanut butter – This product is essential as supplies of other sources of protein dry up. The nut-based spread can work in sweet or savoury dishes and that dexterity will be useful with the slim pickings likely to be on offer. I’d go as far as to say that peanut butter will gain an ambrosia-like status in this brave new world. For those with allergies, some alternatives include marshmallow spread and marmalade.

2. Yakult – This bacterium-based yoghurt-drink is another must-have. Readers of The War of the Worlds will know that it is bacteria that stopped Martian invaders from destroying the human race. As well as helping with maintaining your gut flora, Yakult may end up saving your life from aliens.

3. Marmite – You either love this product or you hate it and in the small group of survivors there needs to be something to debate over. Long nights could be spent chatting about whether Marmite would improve or destroy your dishes. The sticky yeast extract would also be good for trapping the huge bugs that are sure to spring up soon after civilization is destroyed.

4. Baked Beans – There will always be baked beans, at least for the Brits and this British favorite is surely the food of choice. Tinned food is likely to be a major source of nutrition when the world is turned into a wasteland.

5. Spirits – How can we forget to stock up on spirits? Brandy and the like can lift spirits up and they have other uses too. Use it to treat wounds caused by fighting zombies, to disinfect the grim surfaces in your nuclear bunker or to calm your terrified nerves. Arnett recommends vodka though; personally I don’t care. Any spirit will do the job nicely.

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