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January 18, 2007 11:50 AM   Subscribe

The Clock is ticking again.
posted by buzzv (39 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
This thing still exists?
posted by roll truck roll at 11:59 AM on January 18, 2007


Jesus is coming!!
posted by billysumday at 12:05 PM on January 18, 2007


Who cares?
posted by keswick at 12:06 PM on January 18, 2007


Who cares...
...what keswick thinks?
posted by MrMoonPie at 12:08 PM on January 18, 2007


My point.
posted by keswick at 12:10 PM on January 18, 2007


If only the Atomic Scientists had thought ahead and installed a snooze button.

While the chances of a war in which nukes are used might be increasing, the chances of a massive nuclear holocaust that blots out the atmosphere really has dwindled since the end of the cold war. (I don't think Russia and the USA will strike/counterstrike anytime soon).

On that note it's hard for America to criticize new countries getting nukes when we hold them ourselves.
posted by DigDugDag at 12:18 PM on January 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Another online pariah. How cute.

Anyways, I feel old reminiscing about the good old days in the 1990s when most people forgot all about the fact that the entire civilization could be nuked away in a few minutes. Good times.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:21 PM on January 18, 2007


5 ... 4 ... 2 ... dammit, I meant 3 ... 2 ... 1 ...

KAPLOWIE!!!!

We're all fucking dead now. BOOOOOO!
posted by jefbla at 12:22 PM on January 18, 2007


I think that the present era is my least favorite period of history. Give me barbarians with swords any day over AI, cloning, nuclear weapons, etc. At least I can comprehend the barbarians with swords.
posted by melangell at 12:22 PM on January 18, 2007


Looking at their timeline, these guys are not necessarily the best predictors of anything.

I mean, it's dramatic as hell and all, but I'm not sure I buy that we're at 5 now if we were at 3 in 1984. As tense as the Reagan years were at times, things were nowhere near as fucked up as they are now.

Meanwhile, in the period from 1960-63, with the Cuban Missle Crisis standing out as the single event that came closest to plunging the world into nuclear war, they had the clock set between 7 and 12.

I would not want to put money on these guys.
posted by briank at 12:30 PM on January 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


Honestly, most days lately I welcome the bomb. Hurry up and be midnight already.
posted by StrasbourgSecaucus at 12:36 PM on January 18, 2007


As an Iron Maiden fan, I'm looking forward to when it's two minutes to midnight.
posted by evisceratordeath at 12:36 PM on January 18, 2007


Martyl Langsdorf had a single guideline when considering the commission: "It should be inexpensive"

This graphic clearly illustrates the collective result of this endeavor.
posted by prostyle at 12:37 PM on January 18, 2007


things are going to suck . . . or not, it's hard to say.
posted by nola at 12:37 PM on January 18, 2007


I would not want to put money on these guys.

Good thing, they aren't Atomic Bookies.
posted by b1tr0t at 12:38 PM on January 18, 2007


Giant premonitory clocks warning of impending doom suck.
posted by Mister_A at 12:40 PM on January 18, 2007


This graphic clearly illustrates the collective result of this endeavor.

wait a sec, are the red and blue dots indicators of which parties were in power, if so HILARIOUS!!!!!!
posted by lisalisa123 at 12:44 PM on January 18, 2007


This graphic clearly illustrates the collective result of this endeavor.

I like the little mushroom cloud at the bottom of the graph. It's like a cute little doomsday mascot; Poppin' Fresh's distant, morose cousin.
posted by Terminal Verbosity at 12:46 PM on January 18, 2007 [1 favorite]


evisceratordeath beat me to my clever retort.
posted by Dr-Baa at 12:52 PM on January 18, 2007


wait a sec, are the red and blue dots indicators of which parties were in power, if so HILARIOUS!!!!!!

No, blue dots signify steps away from midnight, red dots signify clock movements towards midnight. The rest is just coincidental, or a subliminal plot by one of those crafty "POV"-pushing wikipedians.
posted by bhouston at 12:52 PM on January 18, 2007


In retrospect, the clock was perhaps a flawed analogy. Perhaps a color-coded alert system would have worked better.
posted by mr_roboto at 12:54 PM on January 18, 2007


Thanks for reminding us how screwed we all are... as if we needed another reason to hate waking up these days.
posted by Kikkoman at 1:01 PM on January 18, 2007


This sucks- are school desks even big enough to get under any more?
posted by Benny Andajetz at 1:02 PM on January 18, 2007


I concur with evisceratordeath. Additionally, I'm sure Derek Riggs could have done a far, far better job with the redesign than those Pentagram kids.
posted by dvdgee at 1:02 PM on January 18, 2007


Regarding the Pentagram redesign: It's nice that they took it all the way to midnight in their little mockup. They must have been A students.

Somebody should make a flipbook.
posted by Kikkoman at 1:08 PM on January 18, 2007


Actually, according to the authoritative foreign policy program that our leaders watch, we passed midnight Last Monday.
posted by lalochezia at 1:14 PM on January 18, 2007


Bauer wept.
posted by Kikkoman at 1:17 PM on January 18, 2007


"10... 9... 8... 6..."

"Hey! What about seven?!"

"Just kidding! 7... 6... 5... 4... 3... 2... 1... 0... Have a nice day!"

*KABLOOIE!*
posted by brundlefly at 1:32 PM on January 18, 2007


I mean, sure it's big and it hurts a little, but to say "doomsday" is a bit of an overst... oh wait... "CLOCK".

Nevermind.
posted by GuyZero at 1:34 PM on January 18, 2007


Cold War hysteria nostalgia.
posted by LarryC at 2:13 PM on January 18, 2007


"This sucks- are school desks even big enough to get under any more?"

Well, yes, but everyone is too fat...
posted by sfts2 at 2:29 PM on January 18, 2007


C'mon, the Bulletin... turn that frown upside-down!

I know who's ticklish! Are you ticklish, the Bulletin? I think you're ticklish...
posted by loiseau at 2:39 PM on January 18, 2007


0... Have a nice day!

in unison THANK YOU!

She's gone from suck to blow!
posted by carsonb at 2:43 PM on January 18, 2007


Hysteria hysteria hysteria. No liquids or gels only one hundred mils only please in clear plastic ziplock bags or we'll throw it in a bin and please no bombs because we're sad and jumpy. I made a doomsday clock too; it involves me yelling everytime I get scared, just screaming at my co-workers, "FIVE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT, BIRCHES!" (I work at a tree farm). Lately I've gone more scientific and I started consulting the Rapture Index, and every time it rises about 145 I start openly sweating and telling people "I'm nervous kids! Because the Doomsday Clock and the Rapture Index are pretty much SINKED! I mean SYNCHED!" Although very few people get the verbal pun because it's hard to understand it if you can't see it spelled. But that's okay. The world will be over soon. Five minutes to midnight. Almost time for bed.
posted by Milkman Dan at 2:48 PM on January 18, 2007


Oh shoot, that means the Colbert Show is almost over.
posted by DenOfSizer at 4:59 PM on January 18, 2007


You guys have been paying attention to Russia, haven't you?
posted by eriko at 6:10 PM on January 18, 2007


eriko said: You guys have been paying attention to Russia, haven't you?

Russia may be down, but they're definitely not out. What in particular?
posted by cenoxo at 9:49 PM on January 18, 2007


What happens when daylight saving time is over?
posted by bollockovnikov at 7:22 AM on January 20, 2007


Let's finish this up with this Fark photoshop contest.
posted by LarryC at 2:11 PM on January 20, 2007


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