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If there were a nuclear missile headed your way, and you had, let's say 12 hours to do something, what would you do or where would you go?

Asked by jca (36043points) December 5th, 2008
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queenzboulevard's avatar

I would formulate a plan to steal a NASA space shuttle and kidnap a pilot. I would then leave Earth and live on the space station along with the remaining humans.

augustlan's avatar

Make sure my husband and my children were by my side. Head as far away from the ‘blast zone’ as I could possibly go. If there was no chance at escaping death (either quickly or slowly from radiation poisoning) I’d want to be in my home with my family. We’d sing, laugh and cry together. We’d hold each other tight at the end.

delirium's avatar

Take a deep breath, lie in the grass on my back, and watch the clouds for the last time.

peedub's avatar

Make pigs in a blanket and have an ALF marathon.

shrubbery's avatar

I like queenz idea… but if there was no chance to escape I reckon I’d have a MASSIVE party with everyone I know.

MacBean's avatar

Read a book. Watch a movie. Re-watch my favorite episodes of House. Take a nap. I just wouldn’t panic. Who wants to spend their last hours stressed out?

AstroChuck's avatar

Start driving to Hawaii.

eambos's avatar

I wouldn’t worry. With 12 hours to spare, the government will do something about it.

If they do nothing, I would go up into the Adirondak Mountains and watch the day pass me by. If it was night, I’d stare at the endless universe up in the sky.

bodyhead's avatar

I’d probably take a nap. It’d be my last opportunity.

fireside's avatar

I;‘m with Eambos here. 12 hours is a pretty slow missile, we could fire countless interceptors at it until one hit.

But I would choose the Catskills over the Adirondacks : P

gailcalled's avatar

I would vote for the Adirondacks. I see the Catskills across the Hudson and they look pleasant; but nothing compares to the summits of Big Slide, Cascade or Algonquin, or even the trot up to Balanced Rocks.

fireside's avatar

Well, i figure it would take me half the time left before the impact to get to either of them and I’m far more familiar with the Catskills, so I wouldn’t have to spend much time searching for my spot.

gailcalled's avatar

@fireside:Just come to my house. Every spot is perfect.Good views, lots of woods, a creek, clear skies, and of course, Milo.

fireside's avatar

@gail – sounds like a plan. Next time I hear about a nuclear missile headed our way, I’ll start driving there. : )

jessturtle23's avatar

I would get under my desk and cover my head with my hands like we were suppose to in the 50’s.

jca's avatar

i live about an hour from NYC so my plan always has been i would take the baby, the cats and drive north as far as possible. i would live in the woods if i had to for as long as possible. i would call my parents first and see if they want to join or if they have a better idea. maybe today i’ll ask them this question.

shadling21's avatar

I’d probably panic for a while, then calm down, then plan an exit. If an exit were impossible… I’d spend my last moments with my family and closest friends. I’d also have a heck of a time choosing the last music I’d ever listen to.

overgrownbat's avatar

Get laid.

Can’t believe no one said that yet.

lunabean's avatar

i would go snowboarding with my boyfriend

Mtl_zack's avatar

I would pack all necessary supplies and move to Antarctica along with one other family. Why would anyone bomb the south pole? There would be minimal radiation there too. The other family would be there so that we could repopulate without incest and birth defects.

chelseababyy's avatar

I’d make sure I had my boyfriend with me, and I’d get the heck out of where ever it was headed. I’d call my family and make sure to say my goodbyes just in case. I’d go sit on the beach and drink a margarita, watch the sunset, walk along the ocean and dance in the moonlight. I’d want to be relaxed, and feel nothing but love.

mangeons's avatar

I would read Moby Dick, a book I’ve always wanted to read, but never had the patience. I would have all my favorite belongings and my closest friends and family with me.

Skyrail's avatar

“If we are going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They might break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.” – C. S. Lewis – On Living in an Atomic Age (1948)

I love that quote, and would hope that I would follow by it in such a scneario :)

mangeons's avatar

@skyrail: That is a wonderful quote, I love it =)

RandomMrdan's avatar

I’d grab a group of friends, hijack a boat big enough to hold not only ourselves, but enough food and supplies for atleast 6 months, and fishing supplies. and head out to the nearest oil rig to hold up at….I don’t think anyone would try and nuke an oil rig out in the middle of the ocean. Also we’d have to bring weapons to defend ourselves in any sort of emergency.

@queenz I like your idea about stealing a space shuttle…but I think a boat would be a bit quicker to acquire without some crazy fool proof plan and trying to get past any degree of security.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Have sex a lot and trip on mushrooms in Times Square.

Or have a lot of sex and do a lot of drugs. Might as well, you know?

galileogirl's avatar

You would never have 12 hours. Maximum from launch to landing anywhere in tht world 5 hours. By the time the news was released, maybe 3. Not eveb time to have sex ‘a lot’ or bring people together. But just enough time to eat ice cream and watch Dr Strangelove.

maybe_KB's avatar

We all live in a Yellow Submarine
a Yellow Submarine
a Yellow Submarine

mangeons's avatar

@maybe ???

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@galileogirl: guess what! it’s hypothetical!

So hypothetically… I would have sex a lot. I dunno what kind of sex you’re having that takes longer than three hours, but I can get it done, mmhmm.

AstroChuck's avatar

Hey, i know! We could all have a fluther orgy!

TitsMcGhee's avatar

I’d be down!

AstroChuck's avatar

…so to speak.

galileogirl's avatar

OK Tits, what I would do is build an anti-missile dome over the entire world and deflect the incoming missile. BTW Fast and furious is never as good as slow and easy. That’s not hypothetically that’s experience. Also most guys don’t do well under pressure. (that’s also experience, try it while she is timing you with a stopwatch lol)

TitsMcGhee's avatar

… stopwatch? Awwwwwwkward.

and hey, I like your second answer better. It’s far more optimistic.

And I still don’t know who is having three-hour long sex. That’s intense. That’s 11 or 12 times the average length…

TitsMcGhee's avatar

also – do you also think I’m a guy? WHY DOES EVERYONE THINK I’M A GUY? My username has TITS in it, for gods sake!

fireside's avatar

3 hour long sex is a lot of fun.
But it’s not like I last for 3 hours, more like we have sex 11 or 12 times.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

That’s more like it, fireside.

Slow can be good sometimes, but you have to mix it up. Sometimes it just needs to be wham-bam-thank you ma’am, especially if a missile is headed your way.

shadling21's avatar

If it’s any consolation, Tits, I thought you were a girl. I still think that. Now you might say that I’m fairly certain of it.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

As well you should be :) And yes, it is a bit of consolation.

galileogirl's avatar

Tits: just making an observation about men in general especially those who posted about how much sex they were going to have as certain death approaches. A dozen times? HAH! Lucky to rise to the occasion once under those circumstances. Even then it would be faster than a speeding missile. lol

cdwccrn's avatar

@gailcalled: sounds great I’m on my way.

cdwccrn's avatar

Is three hour sex do-able with Viagra or Cialis? Don’t think I have that much appetite.
With a missile on the way, just hold me by the fire at home.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Viagra and Cialis tell you it’s a problem if you get to four hours… Maybe i guess.

fireside's avatar

To be fair, I haven’t had three hour sex for at least five years.
I may not have it in me anymore, but I’m always willing to practice.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

That’s a pretty ballin’ pickup line there, fireside. I approve.

bodyhead's avatar

If you add up all my sex for the last five years, you might hit three hours.

AstroChuck's avatar

Three hour sex? I’ll pass, thank you.

fireside's avatar

AC would be looking up song titles and fluthering on his iPhone during the three hours..

cdwccrn's avatar

That would be very well spent hours.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Sex + fluther… imagine the possibilities!

AstroChuck's avatar

Been there.
Done that.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

That is some serious fluther dedication there.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

three hour sex, man, that’s some really slippery lube. Most lube catches fire after twenty minutes, but maybe I’m not using it right?

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@evelyn: OMG. That doesn’t sound good at all. That sounds wrong. Very wrong. Very very wrong. Fire + genitals = generally bad.

Am I right, yeah?

jca's avatar

catches fire after twenty minutes? my house would have burned down by now.

TitsMcGhee's avatar

@jca: bow chicka ow wow! Someone’s having a good time!

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