Apocalypse

Word of Mouth
2:12 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Mount Washington Observatory: Ultimate Zombie Fortress?

: Map by Steve Bushey and Angela Faeth, with added notes by Taylor Quimby

In 1934, a weather observer stationed at the peak of Mount Washington recorded a, then record, wind gust of 231 miles per hour. As a point of reference, that’s in the same neighborhood as an F5 tornado.

Even on hot summer day, conditions at the peak can drop below freezing in a matter of minutes – which is just one reason more than 135 people have died in the shadow of Mount Washington since 1859.

And yet, Mount Washington isn’t just Home of the World’s Worst Weather--as a sign at the summit famously boasts--it’s also home to a weather station, where a team of researchers are able to safely live year-round.

Which begs the question: would the Mount Washington Observatory be the perfect place to survive a zombie apocalypse?

Listen to this radio story to find out:

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Word of Mouth
1:06 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Word of Mouth's "End of the World" Playlist

Like any major life event, the annihilation of life as we know it deserves a soundtrack.  It’s easy to decide what to listen to when the four horsemen of the apocalypse are coming around the bend…So, for everybody hosting an “end of the world party” in the next 48 hours, we compiled a few suggestions to help you kick out the jams one final time.  

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Word of Mouth
11:11 am
Thu December 20, 2012

What's the Deal With Nostradamus, Anyway?

Credit Andrew_B via Flickr Creative Commons

As the Western world’s favorite doomsday prophet, Nostradamus and his enigmatic four-line poems have been used to explain catastrophes and lately, the looming apocalypse. We spoke with Stéphane Gerson, Associate Professor of French Studies at New York University, and author of Nostradamus: How An Obscure Renaissance Astrologer Became The Modern Prophet Of Doom to find out why a 16th century astrologer and poet came to represent the face of the four horsemen. He will be giving a free talk at the New York Public Library on February 4.


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Word of Mouth
10:40 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Exploring the End of the World

Credit FlyingSinger via Flickr Creative Commons

If you don’t believe in Mayan calendars, and you’re not too worried about the next rapture that supposed to happen, then you’re probably not too concerned about the world ending anytime soon. But has the thought ever crossed your mind?

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Around the Nation
12:01 am
Fri March 2, 2012

Underground Cold War Relics As Doomsday Castles?

Larry Hall shows off the old vents and 9-foot-thick walls of a missile silo he's developing into condominiums.
Frank Morris

One clear threat once menaced civilization: nuclear war with the Soviet Union. The Cold War is over, but decades later, some of the fortifications built to fight that war still dot the American landscape.

Four years ago, Larry Hall bought a nuclear missile silo out on the open rolling land north of Salina, Kan. Hall paid $300,000 and spent much more to clean out all the scrap metal and stagnant water.

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13.7: Cosmos And Culture
10:39 am
Wed February 1, 2012

The Mayan Apocalypse And The Meaning Of Life

When you reach the end of your journey, will you be able to look back on a life well lived?
Raymond Roig AFP/Getty Images

Since Adam wrote here yesterday of science as a meaningful pursuit, or better, of how a science-inspired way of quenching our unquenchable thirst for knowledge about ourselves and the world will add meaning to one's life, I'd like to take off on a tangent also springing from Umair Haque's recent blog post in the Harvard Business Review.

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