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What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?

by mrguy123 (Hermit)
on Oct 20, 2012 at 15:58 UTC ( #1000136=poll: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?

indoor plumbing
[bar] 57/6%
clean water
[bar] 150/16%
hot coffee
[bar] 50/5%
cold beer
[bar] 83/9%
writing Perl programs
[bar] 58/6%
Seinfeld reruns
[bar] 11/1%
Friends reruns
[bar] 6/1%
other television
[bar] 3/0%
hanging around in the Monastery
[bar] 10/1%
other internet
[bar] 40/4%
smart phones
[bar] 19/2%
electricity
[bar] 93/10%
central heating
[bar] 8/1%
Perl Golf
[bar] 11/1%
cars
[bar] 8/1%
other mechanised transport
[bar] 2/0%
medicine
[bar] 40/4%
cooking technology
[bar] 12/1%
burgers / fast food
[bar] 12/1%
toilet paper
[bar] 80/8%
contraceptives
[bar] 28/3%
CPAN
[bar] 55/6%
other
[bar] 115/12%
951 total votes
Comment on What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by zentara (Archbishop) on Oct 20, 2012 at 16:05 UTC

      Since Romans made ice cream, you could probably make some. First, send some slaves to the top of a nearby mountain to get snow....

      I would have checked "all of the above" but the choice wasn't there.


      Information about American English usage here and here. Floating point issues? Please read this before posting. — emc

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Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by choroba (Abbot) on Oct 20, 2012 at 16:10 UTC
    Wait... you mean there will be nothing of these?!
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Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by jmcnamara (Monsignor) on Oct 20, 2012 at 16:28 UTC

    Books about a post-apocalyptic world because they would just be books about current affairs or history books.

    --
    John.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by jmlynesjr (Friar) on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:08 UTC
    Fox Soccer!

      But there'd still be rat baseball! :-D


      Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
      Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg

        Or that Asian game that uses a dead sheep! Down here we'd use a possum

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by Ratazong (Prior) on Oct 20, 2012 at 18:37 UTC
    The real hot shower that I take each morning ... and, when coming in contact with other post-apocalypse-survivors, probably deo-sprays.

      Creating a solar shower is not that hard. Unless somehow in a post-apocalyptic world solar power doesn't work any more...


      Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
      Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by pvaldes (Chaplain) on Oct 20, 2012 at 19:26 UTC
    A not-postapocaliptic world, probably
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by thomas895 (Hermit) on Oct 21, 2012 at 06:30 UTC

    Electricity, because all of the things on that list rely on electricity in some way.

    ~Thomas~
    confess( "I offer no guarantees on my code." );
          Electricity,

      Locally (really locally) you could produce electricity in any one of a number of ways.

      The real issue is going to be the infrastructure that connects us one to another.


      Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
      Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by Gavin (Canon) on Oct 21, 2012 at 09:31 UTC

    Bacon Sandwiches

      A post-apocalyptic world without bacon? What kind of apocalypse is that?

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by fisher (Priest) on Oct 22, 2012 at 09:14 UTC
    I would miss, literally, EVERYTHING.
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by mertserger (Curate) on Oct 22, 2012 at 09:25 UTC

    I voted for clean water but after thinking about it some more,I'd like to suggest another "other" I might actually have voted for.

    I think what I would miss most would be social order. I like living in a society where I am safe and I don't have to use violence to protect myself, my family or my property. As a civilized townie I don't know I would be able to become what I would have to in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

          As a civilized townie I don't know I would be able to become what I would have to in order to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

      You might surprise yourself.


      Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
      Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
      Civilization sucks!!

        Civilization sucks!!

        so! good! oooh, yeeah!

      You nailed it. Be thanful for those of us who can/would become that which you can't. There will be a place for every skill. Develope something useful.
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world? (nothing)
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 22, 2012 at 09:48 UTC
    we are right now living in a post-apocalyptic world, so there is nothing to miss
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Oct 22, 2012 at 13:15 UTC

    Wish this poll had by a multi-select. Cold beer and coffee were the top of my list with equal stature. Admittedly I could get used to warm beer or could learn to store it in a root celler which wouldn't be refrigerator cold but "cool." Since I brew my own beer as long as I can find barley, hops, water and yeast I can make beer.

    Coffee on the other hand would be an issue in the long term. Once the supplies "in the pipeline" were depleted my beloved life giving beverage would be sorely missed.


    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by gok8000 (Scribe) on Oct 22, 2012 at 13:40 UTC

    John Carpenter's movie Escape from New York, with Kurt Russel, because if I could see it I'd be outside of the screenplay. :)

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by FloydATC (Chaplain) on Oct 22, 2012 at 17:16 UTC
    Sorry if I'm getting a little too serious but there's no doubt in my mind: Clean water. Just ask any of the millions of people in the world that don't have clean water today. It may be hard to imagine but without it, none of that other stuff matters. At all.

    -- Time flies when you don't know what you're doing
      Perversely, I think it would be such a huge problem, that it wouldn't be a problem for long... Either you don't get it, and you get sick and die, or you survive the first 6 - 18 months, and drinking water will be available again. Probably without the convenience, abundance and quality, but I think those things would follow.

      It seems to me like it would take much longer to get CPAN fixed or start making new episodes of Futurama.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by glemley8 (Acolyte) on Oct 23, 2012 at 16:21 UTC
    C'mon guys, toilet paper should top this poll! Think about it. You poop a lot. Considering what you would be eating in a post-apocalyptic world, you're really, really going to miss a fresh roll.
      Actually, there would be a lot of toilet paper around. Currently it is called "paper money"...
      "I know what i'm doing! Look, what could possibly go wrong? All i have to pull this lever like so, and then press this button here like ArghhhhhaaAaAAAaaagraaaAAaa!!!"
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by raybies (Chaplain) on Oct 24, 2012 at 21:35 UTC

    .... after the apocalypse?

    Since I'll be dead, I'll definitely miss the completion of Perl 6...

    But hey, at least those folks that survive will eventually get to see it, right?

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by gurpreetsingh13 (Scribe) on Oct 25, 2012 at 06:07 UTC
    I am surprised very little of us said contraceptives .... :) Just imagine without it!!!!

      I am surprised very little of us said contraceptives .... :) Just imagine without it!!!!

      If there is no electricity, gasoline ... we'll need more babies

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by thmsdrew (Scribe) on Oct 25, 2012 at 13:17 UTC

    Probably video games.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by cursion (Monk) on Oct 25, 2012 at 16:07 UTC

    I'd miss the new TV show Revolution

    just kidding ... I already wrote it off

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by frozenwithjoy (Curate) on Oct 25, 2012 at 21:19 UTC
    Cats. (Well, they'd still be around, but they'd likely be in charge of everything and I wouldn't get to cuddle with them as much as I've grown accustomed to.)

      Cats would still be around but wouldn't have captions.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by thezip (Vicar) on Oct 25, 2012 at 22:55 UTC

    I'd miss playing "Fallout" on my PS3.


    What can be asserted without proof can be dismissed without proof. - Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by chexmix (Hermit) on Oct 26, 2012 at 20:26 UTC
    What would I miss?

    Why, having the apocalypse to look forward to!

    Duh.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by mbethke (Hermit) on Oct 28, 2012 at 07:12 UTC

    Most postapocalyptic worlds I've seen simulated so far had at least some kind of monastery to hang out in, even if its other inhabitants are often less than helpful and usually need to be blown into a fine red mist. So it probably comes down to CPAN and toilet paper.

    Yesyesyes, clean water, that's a close third of course. Living in a place where tap water has over 10 times the concentration of harmful bacteria than the WHO-recommended maximum for public swimming pools plus a *cough*healthy pinch of salt I know a thing or two about clean water.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by didier (Vicar) on Oct 28, 2012 at 20:33 UTC

    A Mayan Calendar up to date.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by jandrew (Hermit) on Nov 01, 2012 at 02:00 UTC
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by jdporter (Canon) on Nov 01, 2012 at 15:54 UTC

    Given that "apocalypse", used in this sense, stems from a reference to the cataclysmic end of the world as described in the Apocalypse of John ("apocalypse", after all, is simply Greek for "revelation")... how about:
    sorrow, pain, and death. Revelation 21:4

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 03, 2012 at 17:06 UTC
    My youth. Only the fittest will survive a post melt-down world. "The Patriots" is a great read about just such a scenario.
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by rjt (Deacon) on Nov 04, 2012 at 09:12 UTC

    Definitely I'd miss perl6 apocalypses in a post-apocalyptic world, which is slightly self-serving if you believe the world might just end when perl6 is finished.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by temporal (Pilgrim) on Nov 09, 2012 at 17:14 UTC

    *wistfully Perl golfs in the ashes of the fallen*

    Strange things are afoot at the Circle-K.

Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Nov 13, 2012 at 20:58 UTC

    Gotta say it... I just had a taste of what a post apocalyptic world would look like.

    The Frankenstorm Sandy hit the New Jersey Shore and wreaked havoc and chaos on the area. I was one of the lucky ones given that I had no damage to my property. We lost lights the first night of the storm and were lucky again when we got power back three days later.

    On one hand the empty shelves in the stores with people buying everything in sight whether or not they needed it (a 72 inch plasma TV? REALLY???), the long lines at gas stations so folks could run their generators, other miscreants cruising neighborhoods listening for the tell tale sound of a generator running and stealing them.

    On the other hand the folks that came together to help each other out sharing what they had with one another out of their own need.

    If Frankenstorm wasn't enough a Nor'easter came through a week later bringing more havoc, destruction and power outages on a weary population. Again there were heroes and zeros either helping each other or in the case of the zeros looking out for themselves at the expense of others.

    My family and I got lucky again and only were without power for three days. We lost everything in our refrigerator and freezer but managed to feed ourselves and others before the stuff went bad.

    So, you can never tell what you'll miss when the apocalypse comes. (Notice I say when not if!) I found it was the simple pleasures. Taking a shower and not freezing my butt off when I stepped out. Being able to read past 5PM in the evening. I did miss the technology but found I could function very nicely without it.

    Stepping off my soapbox now.....


    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter -at- Berghold -dot- Net; AOL IM redcowdawg Yahoo IM: blue_cowdawg
Re: What would you miss the most in a post-apocalyptic world?
by TJPride (Pilgrim) on Nov 18, 2012 at 05:05 UTC
    Electricity gives you many of the other things. I would say that it's probably the single most useful item. Toilet paper comes in a close second, though.

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