December 21st is less than a month away, but don’t despair, there’s hope for you yet. A Siberian company has started selling end-of-the-world survival kits containing must-have items like a bottle of vodka and a notepad and a pencil.
Just in case you can’t make it to the French town or Bugarach, or buy an apocalypse-proof Atlantis pod, you can still take your shot at surviving the end of the world, by getting one of the survival kits offered by a very resourceful Russian company. It’s not likely to keep you alive for long, but at least you tried, right? For a mere 890 rubles ($28), you get a med kit (complete with heart medication), soap, some candles and matches, a can of fish, a pack of buckwheat, a bottle of vodka, a notepad and pencil, and a rope. Although I can think of a few uses for the rope, in case of a natural disaster, some might see it as a means to an end for those less optimistic of their survival chances. The kit also includes a blank ID card, to be filled by the buyer, in case their original ID card gets demagnetized during the apocalypse, an instruction card with rules to various games to pass the time, in case you get stuck somewhere with friends and family, waiting for the end of the world to pass you by.
As you’ve probably already guessed, this is just a sales gimmick, and according to a spokesperson for the Siberian company, it works like a charm, as 1,000 of these kits have already been sold. It does make a nice, original gift for the upcoming holidays, provided we all survive the dreaded Mayan calendar ending, but local authorities in Russia are trying to ban sales, claiming the vodka and medication need licenses to be sold.
Although this can be considered a joke, there are people in Russia who actually believe the world is coming to an end, and who are going out of their way to prepare for the worst. News agency RIA Novosti has reported some folks are stocking up on essentials, either stealing or buying them, while others have been taking banks by storm trying to pay out all their debts, so they can leave this world with a clean slate. Of course, there are also people trying to take advantage of their fears, by offering discounts on redemption, or even apocalypse survival courses.