Armageddon-Proof Survival Pod Proves a Big Hit

You may be all happy and carefree today celebrating Halloween, but don’t forget that according to the Mayan calendar the end of days is less than two months away. Luckily, there’s a way around it – a survival pod built by a Chinese inventor who claims it can withstand the end of the world.

It’s big, it’s round, and apparently it will keep you alive in case of a natural disaster or a nuclear meltdown. Officially, it’s called the “Atlantis”, but everyone has started calling it a modern-day Noah’s Arc. Chinese entrepreneur and inventor Yang Zongfu worked on his survival pod for the last two years and spent around $150,000 making it as durable as possible. Back in August, he announced a series of public tests which would prove his Armageddon-proof survival pod was ready for the end of the world. On August 6, he climbed inside the Atlantis and was pushed down a 50-meter obstacle course on the side of a hill, over a bed of rocks and into a pool. Sadly, as soon as it hit the water, the arc’s door opened proving it was less than water tight. the inventor himself came out in one piece, but with a cut on his chin. But that didn’t discourage Yang, who moved on to the fire test, in which he set a smaller version of the Atlantis on fire, and pulled out a frozen ice-cream that had been perfectly preserved inside.

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According to Yang Zongfu, the Atlantis can withstand temperatures of up to 1700 degrees Celsius, and impact forces of 350 tons. It can float on water, and is equipped with safety seats, a communication system, a first aid kit and a toilet. This new-age Noah’s Arc has room for ten people and can carry enough food supplies to keep them alive for 10 months. You’ll be glad to know the inventor doesn’t plan on keeping the secret to surviving the end of the world to himself. Yang plans to sell Atlantis survival pods to survivalists crazy rich enough to buy them. Oriental Outlook, a Shanghai-based magazine, recently reported Yang Zongfu has so far received 21 orders for his doomsday ark, which is built  in accordance with customer requests and has its own custom interior design. Because if you’re going to survive the apocalypse, you might as well do it in style.

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Prices for the Atlantis survival pod range from 1 million yuan ($160,000) to 5 million yuan ($800,000). Hurry up and place your order today, there might not be a tomorrow!

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Feedback (3 Comments)

  • Joon Tuke Posted on October 31, 2012

    Does that thing prevent murder? Because being stuck inside that small ball with 9 other people is a recipe for mass murder. You’ll survive the apocalypse but not each other. Just imagine taking a dump inside with everybody watching.

  • Toon Juke Posted on October 31, 2012

    If the pod is completely sealed off to be waterproof, it has no ventilation. Everybody would suffocate in 30 minutes.

  • Poon Tuke Posted on November 29, 2012

    Please drop this in the mouth of an active volcano. Or how about out to Bikini Atoll and drop a nuke on it. If it can pass those test then maybe i would buy it. I’m pretty sure that the “end of the world” is coming with more than 1700 degrees celsius and more than 350 tons of impact.