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[–]MattheJ1 2998 points2999 points  (105 children)

I hope, when there's an actual missile launch, I don't hear about it on Reddit first.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 1056 points1057 points  (31 children)

Same here.

[–]Thendofreason 397 points398 points  (19 children)

this is the first I'm hearing about it...

[–]bigcliff10[S] 336 points337 points  (14 children)

That's wild dude, scared the shit out of us.

[–]usmcnm96 167 points168 points  (13 children)

Thats good, cause you were in the shitter.

[–]thegreatmarker 49 points50 points  (12 children)

I hope everyone didn't get scared shitless, a toilet paper shortage would have been devestating

[–]prince_ossin 16 points17 points  (10 children)

If Jumanji taught me anything, it's that you can use banana leaves as TP. Though it may not be as refreshing

[–]afjessup 42 points43 points  (9 children)

If that big haired dude played for the Grizzlies, tell him Jessup said "hello, sir"

[–]bigcliff10[S] 51 points52 points  (7 children)

It is me, sup dude! I miss playing down in the back line with you!

[–]afjessup 23 points24 points  (6 children)

You're even more of a rockstar now! I feel the same way. I'm going to have a lot more ground to cover without you around. Thanks for testing our missile detection system, btw!

[–]bigcliff10[S] 24 points25 points  (5 children)


My goal is to be back for the big stuff, so ideally Regionals and Nationals. More than likely, I'll make it for just Nationals though.

[–]Sublimical 31 points32 points  (3 children)

This interaction made me smile, like running intovan old friend at a concert or something.

[–]imperfectcarpet 13 points14 points  (2 children)

You run into a lot of vans?

[–]Sublimical 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Only at concerts.

[–]imperfectcarpet 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Or something.

[–][deleted] 64 points65 points  (25 children)

As a Canadian, I hope y’all don’t get hit with a missile period

[–]FluentInBS 97 points98 points  (5 children)

Aww thanks i hope you don't get hit by any moose

[–]tepkel 12 points13 points  (4 children)

But I hope you do get to hit someone on the rink. But make sure you keep your stick on the ice will ya?

[–]okram2k 35 points36 points  (6 children)

Dear Canada: please stop firing angry geese at us every fall.

[–][deleted] 31 points32 points  (5 children)

Dear US: stop sending them back

[–]okram2k 13 points14 points  (3 children)

But they're CANADIAN geese, we're just returning your property.

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I saw a green card strapped to one of their feet though

[–]Raptorguy3 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Canadian propaganda leaflet, no doubt. burn it and send the goose back.

[–]hokeyphenokey 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Missle period is nasty.

[–]jock0 3 points4 points  (0 children)

TIL Canadians think missiles menstruate.

[–]Dultsboi 167 points168 points  (13 children)

I was asleep in Canada during all this. Woke up to a rollercoaster of emotions in my notifications

AP2 hours ago: “ballistic missile detected over Hawaii, alert sent out”

Me: immediately jumps out of bed and checks all my notifications

CBC: Hawaii says emergency alert about incoming ballistic missile a “mistake”

Me: yeah no shit, I almost shit my pants and I’m not even american

[–]xX420GanjaWarlordXx 65 points66 points  (12 children)

Yeah I had just got off the plane in the US from my trip to Canada. I was like "For god sakes, I leave for 4 days..."

[–]phl_fc 30 points31 points  (2 children)

Who did you assign to watch the button while you were gone? You really need to train your replacement better.

[–]69_the_tip 68 points69 points  (8 children)

Reddit is my news and porn source. I hear everything on reddit first.

[–]sugar_J4k 22 points23 points  (1 child)

I read this... had a moment to myself and backed out. After sort of scrolling down and back ( on mobile ) I finally decided to go back into this post and upvote.

Reddit is also my source for news and porn.

[–][deleted] 10 points11 points  (5 children)

news and porn source.

Should have heard this one cumming then.

[–]Can_You_Believe_It_ 9 points10 points  (4 children)

I'll get the box...

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (3 children)

Thanks. I’d get it but my arms are broken.

[–]TJ_McWeaksauce 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Imagine how dank the memes will be after the nuclear apocalypse.

[–]Partykongen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You'll be able to updoot much more with three arms.

[–]ihatetexas83 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I believe that mainstream news gets there information from Reddit because of how fast Reddit is...I am constantly telling my fiance "I know" when she tries to show me recent news and videos

[–]Vaginal_Decimation 4 points5 points  (1 child)

If it's not in the form of an amber alert style text, I probably won't find out unless it's on reddit.

[–]ded-a-chek 1035 points1036 points  (28 children)

Hey, if it had been true, at least you'd all have gone out together. In the shitter.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 520 points521 points  (5 children)

That was the gameplan haha

[–]Moistmemesneverlie 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Y'all don't look scared at all. But you don't look disappointed either. A wholesome bunch of absolute nihilists.

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

you have a beautiful family

[–]delphi_edict 54 points55 points  (1 child)

There's Fallout scenes just like this.

[–]BackHandLegend 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Damn... On some true shit

[–]notsowise23 26 points27 points  (16 children)

You know how the skeletons in Fallout tell a story? I wonder what people would make of discovering this lot, all bunched up together in the bathroom.

[–]dropkickhead 21 points22 points  (13 children)

Drink toilet water and radaway (which you have a surplus of vs stimpacks this run) until full health, checking each body in stealthmode, and meticulously dropping and picking up various loots based on their "weight to cap-value ratio", then open door back up to resume stealth sniping the ghouls/mutants/supermutants that are in the next hallway. Been playing Fallout since Fallout 1, and I can tell you that's how it's always been, and how it always will be

[–]CyanSheepMedia 6 points7 points  (3 children)

Who needs stealth and snipers when you've got a melee weapon and the terrifying presence perk.

[–]dontsnap 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I've got this grenade I made with soda pop, and that's all I need.

[–]Paeyvn 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Somehow more hazardous than frag grenades.

[–]dropkickhead 2 points3 points  (0 children)

AKA Deathclaw mode

[–]buildinginprogress 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Sad story indeed

[–]dontsnap 3 points4 points  (0 children)

War never changes.

[–]packpeach 18 points19 points  (0 children)

Shitter's full.

[–]PerilousAll 789 points790 points  (127 children)

Tip from tornado country: If you have bike or construction helmets, wear them. Won't help with the radiation thing, but will protect your heads from falling/flying debris.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 364 points365 points  (121 children)

If we are close enough to the nuke that debris from the blast is hitting us, we probably died before that point.

[–]DevilJHawk 289 points290 points  (38 children)

So an atomic bomb has several methods of killing you; physical shockwave, thermal radiation, radiation burst, and fallout.

Being inside a building will virtually eliminate risk from radiation burst killing you. Many people in Hiroshima suffered partial burns because the "flash" was partially blocked by an object, the exposed skin was instantly burned.

The blast effect creates what's known as overpressure. Again very deadly if outside and it will cause building destruction and damage. The blast weakens as it moves farther away doing less damage to buildings as it goes. You want to be inside to avoid overpressure.

The next is thermal radiation. Very quickly things immediately surrounding the detonation are going to spontaneously catch fire. Most people even inside buildings will be killed by the intense heat. However this drops off and starts smaller fires away from the blast. These fires can and do produce what's called a fire storm, which can rage for hours after the blast. These storms spread and suck in people and debris. Near or inside the fire storm zone is almost certain death. During the fire bombing of Desden fire storms were created and the fire burned so fiercely it sucked air out of the bomb shelters underneath it.

So if you're outside the firestorm area there are good chances you'll survive the initial blast. I'd say better than 50/50 odds. You absolutely need to worry about building damage and usually the bathroom with no windows is a safe place to be just like a tornado (similar principals at play). You may immediately have to combat fires and perform first aid.

As for "avoiding fallout": Fallout is a collection of radioactive particles that are both from the bomb and it's reaction and also from debris made radioactive. The primary concern is ingestion or inhalation.

If your house is intact: stay indoors. Seal up doors and windows with duct tape. Turn off the AC. The shockwave carries very little fallout especially compared to what's going to fall over the next few minutes and hours.

If your house is damaged and cannot be sealed. Consider seeking shelter at another house or if that's not possible, secure a single room. Duct tape, etc.

Now is the time to take iodine tablets if you have them.

For water, you have to assume the municipal water supply is contaminated. Your best options are bottled water and the water from the top of your toilet tank. The bowl water is a last resort but for cleaning or washing off not the worst.

Turn on a radio. Listen for instructions.

After the fallout has passed hosing down your house may not be the worst idea if rescue seems remote. Limit your exposure, use mask, wash off afterward and discard clothing. Try not to splash yourself with either contaminated water or wash off water. (Toilet bowl scrub down).

Eat only food that were sealed at the time of the blast. Once open discard.




[–]Arrow_Riddari 27 points28 points  (15 children)

Saving this in case I ever need it

[–]joshTheGoods 50 points51 points  (6 children)

You'd better print it out, because if you do need it you won't be on reddit retrieving it.

[–]tamsui_tosspot 25 points26 points  (7 children)

Funny thing is that during the later Cold War era, very helpful advice like this would have brought OP accusations of being a right-wing war-mongering cowboy. Back then, I remember any suggestion of practical protective measures or civil defense was met with jeers of "hurr hurr, duck and cover, just bend over and kiss your ass goodbye."

[–]NerfJihad 14 points15 points  (6 children)

This is a film from the BBC that provides a realistic assessment of what nuclear war and its outcome would be.

[–]SirBullshitEsquire 4 points5 points  (5 children)

It must be Threads, innit? clicks Yeah, it's Threads. One of the more depressing films about an all-out nuclear war.

[–]mastershake04 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Late last year I went down a 'nuclear apocalypse' rabbit-hole on the internet and watched 'The Day After' then 'Threads' back to back. Holy fuck they are depressingly realistic visions of what would happen.

The Day After is on youtube for free, and isn't quite as horrific as Threads, but Ronald Reagan actually sent the director of The Day After a telegram saying that his movie 'definitely influenced' his opinions towards the danger of nuclear weapons.

[–]Uniqueasallhell9256 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Well fuck. Now I'm a bit scared. The more I learn about it the more of a possibility being nuked becomes in my head. Now I understand the guys who build shelters stocked with food a little bit more

[–]cp5184 6 points7 points  (7 children)

Some other notes.

Another popular source of water in any natural disaster where you lose utility water is your water heater tank.

Also, I think red wine can help deal with radiation if you don't have iodine, but, obviously, iodine is better.

And also whatever helps you cope with stressful situations. Lots of ice cream, chocolate, pizza, comfort food, drink, etc.

Also, you have to shelter for a surprisingly short time. iirc something like two weeks at the worst before you can take, I guess, short trips outside.

[–]jimicus 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Lots of ice cream, chocolate, pizza, comfort food, drink, etc.

I strongly doubt the power grid is going to be entirely functional.

[–]Novelty_account102 2 points3 points  (2 children)


[–]DevilJHawk 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Radioactive iodine isotopes are one of the byproducts of a nuclear fission reaction. The problem with Iodine compared to other fallout particles is that the human body has a high level of uptake for iodine. The radioactive iodine will accumulate in your thyroid and can lead to severe problems very quickly.

A lot of "rad away" pills are just iodine designed to flush out radioactive iodine from your thyroid and be built up there before exposure to lower uptake.

[–]Clarke311 264 points265 points  (61 children)

Nope the shock wave will drop the roof roof on your head, if you survive that next comes the heat wave followed by the fallout buy by virtue of there being a barrier between your body and the radioactive particles emitted from the blast you will absorb less than direct exposure also any thermal barrier is better than nothing to protect you from fallout and the heat wave. If you have survived this far run, get far away, abandon everything you brought with you and scrub.


[–]bigcliff10[S] 89 points90 points  (6 children)

Hawaii isn't that big, it could probably work.

[–]buckyball60 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Bombs arn't as big as you would think. This is the biggest guess of North Korea's biggest bomb to date. If China were to strike this is what they would use, which, yeah it's basically all of O'ahu. Hawaii might not be that big, but it's not like a bomb will take out the entire state.

[–]werepanda 50 points51 points  (39 children)

Wait, am I missing something here? Is this a joke or a serious comment? Just because the roof collapses, that doesn't mean you are safe from fallout. Fallout occurs for a long period of time and even if you evac and scrub, if you were within fallout radius the chances are you are already contaminated as soon as you open the door.

[–]Errohneos 35 points36 points  (32 children)

What? Contamination can be mostly washed off, so long as you don't eat it or breathe it in. If you leave the area as soon as possible to an area with less contamination, THEN scrub down, you can wash off a very large portion of it. I don't remember off the top of my head if something as simple as a surgical mask blocks most radioactive debris from entering your mouth, nose, and lungs, but I'm sure it helps a little bit.

EDIT: I think he/she meant that the shockwave itself would protect you from the fallout. It knocks down roofs as well as helps move fallout away from the epicenter. I don't know enough about nuclear explosions to really dispute.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 27 points28 points  (20 children)

You are probably correct, but we are slightly trapped being on an island though. Breathing it seems unavoidable after a certain point.

[–]Errohneos 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I suppose you can pray for some sweet oceanic winds to carry it away?

[–]SerLava 2 points3 points  (0 children)

North Korean nukes would not even affect an eighth of Oahu.

The largest bomb ever produced has a yield 10,000 times greater than that. It would only be 100% deadly on an eighth of Oahu. People in other areas would absolutely increase their chances of survival by sheltering in sturdy structures.

People really should duck and cover. It could save millions of lives some day.

[–]Clarke311 8 points9 points  (15 children)

Which is why I said to evacuate, as in the Island would be a total loss sadly for several decades to centuries depending on fallout and payload.

[–]Venrexx 23 points24 points  (1 child)

Immediately clean yourself, make sure to never use conditioner when washing radioactive debris out of your hair, it will cause the debris to stick. Clean up with warm water, don't scald, scratch, or peel skin. Cover all abrasions so the water doesn't push radioactive debris into openings in the skin. Your skin protects your insides. Take off your clothes, cover your face, shake off as much radioactive debris as you can (if clean clothes are not readily available) and put the clothes back on. Contact a CDC disease center (will most likely be dispatched nearby) to have them check if any debris made it's way into your body through mouth or nose.

I'll check right away to see if these steps are verified or if I am talking out my ass.

Edit: I just looked on Google for "CDC how to self decontaminate" and came up with this


[–][deleted] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Or just use Rad-Away.

[–]Okichah 8 points9 points  (5 children)

Correct. Radiation and radiation debris are different. Radiation doesnt really give a shit about masks or clothes. But dust and micro-particles can carry radiation into your clothes and body.

[–]Errohneos 6 points7 points  (4 children)

AFAIK, alpha and beta particles are blocked by your clothes and skin. Gammas and neutrons are gonna zwoop on through regardless of your wishes.

[–]lameexcuse69 8 points9 points  (0 children)

the shock wave will drop the roof roof on your head

See, this dog knows what he's talking about

[–]dontsnap 6 points7 points  (3 children)

that next comes the fallout and the heat wave

Wrong. Pressure wave is followed by heat blast followed by inferno followed by reverse pressure wave. The fallout comes after everything in the reverse wave is swept up into the mushroom cloud.

[–]TheHereticMime 11 points12 points  (12 children)

Then why are you in the bathroom in the first place?

[–]CoreyLee04 17 points18 points  (0 children)

everyone had shit their pants after reading that alert at 8 in the morning.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 22 points23 points  (10 children)

It was to maximize our chances of surviving on the off chance that it wasn't that close!

[–]murderstorm 14 points15 points  (1 child)

The burst of light from a nuclear blast only lasts an instant but can literally burn your skin off even if your miles away. So being in a place with no windows definitely ups your chances of surviving.

[–]TheHereticMime 14 points15 points  (7 children)

But in this case a helmet would help you do just that.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 10 points11 points  (6 children)

Because that close to the blast is instant death, far enough away is trying to not die of radiation poisoning. What I've been told is that if you survive the bomb drop, it's about limiting the radiation.

[–]TheHereticMime 11 points12 points  (3 children)

Does porcelain limit radiation?

[–]Macrat 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Plumbing might block some?

[–]timmaywi 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Make sure to wear your bike

[–]BobT21 122 points123 points  (7 children)

My sister lives in a rural area on Hawaii. She says "Got the warning. Got up, decided to not bother making the bed. Made tea instead."

[–]bigcliff10[S] 33 points34 points  (5 children)

I live in rural Hawaii as well, just happened to already be further in town. Figured we would at least attempt to do something!

[–]predictingzepast 423 points424 points  (10 children)

Looks like one kid isn't happy it was a false alarm..

[–]bigcliff10[S] 381 points382 points  (2 children)

He was very concerned about the bathroom situation if we got stuck haha

[–]Devanismyname 15 points16 points  (0 children)

tbh, when I was a kid, I would have been disappointed too.

[–]BakingSoda1990 14 points15 points  (2 children)

He probably plays a lot of fallout and got excited to play IRL fallout.

Edit: notice how he has a WiiU or switch in his hands?

[–]evohans 181 points182 points  (22 children)

are you chili klaus?

[–]bigcliff10[S] 174 points175 points  (18 children)

That's my buddy that took the picture, I'm the homeless looking person sitting on the bride of the bathtub. He will appreciate that though haha

Edit: *side of the bathtub

[–]evohans 54 points55 points  (1 child)

i like your hair

[–]bigcliff10[S] 34 points35 points  (0 children)


[–]skarface6 44 points45 points  (3 children)

How does one marry a tub?

[–]bigcliff10[S] 27 points28 points  (0 children)

You make a good point haha

[–]Soggywheatie 3 points4 points  (1 child)

If I get married I'll let you know

[–]The_Crimson_Fvcker 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Dude you look awesome not homeless

[–]bigcliff10[S] 15 points16 points  (4 children)

Haha thanks man! I like to think that, but I get mixed reactions!

[–]TheChinook 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Lol I thought that was you for some reason anyway. Maybe because we look really similar. I’m 24 and have 4 year long, curly hair just like that.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ive been growing it out for about 16 months, but no cuts at all. I imagine at some point I'll need one haha

[–]patrickmcalpine 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Well, you were excellent in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek.

[–]AliceThrewtheGlass 3 points4 points  (0 children)

You are what I imagine a Hawaiian looks like. I like your hair.

[–]Devanismyname 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yeah, he looks so much like chili klaus

[–]slappytheclown 4 points5 points  (0 children)

he's not snapping fingers so I dont think

[–]aronnyc 70 points71 points  (2 children)

I thought the guy at the back was on the toilet.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 65 points66 points  (0 children)

My buddy told me that when I showed him the picture, I told him we had to establish a poop corner.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 26 points27 points  (1 child)

I don't know where to put it, but thanks for the gold! That's my first one!

Edit: Haha, thanks again if it was the same person!

[–]Tick_Dicklerr 39 points40 points  (4 children)

Congrats! You should do an AMA to document this horrendous experience

[–]bigcliff10[S] 27 points28 points  (3 children)

It was definitely scary at first haha

[–]OPSaysFuckALot 41 points42 points  (1 child)

Jokes aside.

That had to be pretty intense/scary, right? What was the conversation like? How long before you knew it was a false alarm?

[–]bigcliff10[S] 64 points65 points  (0 children)

We started hearing from people after about 20 minutes. My friend and I had just leaving the house (he's the good looking fellow that took the picture) when we got the notice. It was a "WTF" and then we hung a hard U-turn and high tailed it back to the house because both our wives and his kids were still there hanging out. Both our wives were freaking out. We went into the "let's stay calm and make sure everyone is okay" mode

[–]Patches67 38 points39 points  (0 children)

Wait a few months and post this photo out of context.

"We got Dave to use the toilet as an adult for the first time ever! The whole family was there cheering him on. He was so excited he forgot to pull down his pants."

[–]wil_i_am_scared_of_u 81 points82 points  (9 children)

I don’t see any snacks or alcohol. What kind of plan was that! 🤣

[–]bigcliff10[S] 91 points92 points  (7 children)

We were told from notification we have 12 minutes to get to shelter, now that I've had a practice run I'll be more prepared next time!

[–]wil_i_am_scared_of_u 75 points76 points  (2 children)

LPT: Always keep snacks and alcohol in the bathroom. Lol

[–]bigcliff10[S] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Now I know! Lesson learned haha

[–]fry_that_kimchi 12 points13 points  (3 children)

Dear lord, the false alarm even gave you a false countdown?!

[–]bigcliff10[S] 16 points17 points  (2 children)

I realize the confusion here is due to my lack of punctuation. We had been previously told 12-15 minutes through multiple news outlets, so that was my own personal countdown!

[–]fry_that_kimchi 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It wasn’t confusion. It was just bewilderment. Giving a specific length of time until the island’s hit makes it just so much more realistic.

[–]gamerdude69 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No bro, need acid. You want to be tripping balls when a nuclear bomb blows the roof off your house.

[–]skarface6 94 points95 points  (14 children)

Suddenly, it's 1950 again.

[–]MirrorNexus 148 points149 points  (12 children)

.....Are....are we great again?

[–]jpickett1968 28 points29 points  (6 children)

Is that Jon Snow back there?

[–]DocWhiskeyPhD 66 points67 points  (3 children)

"Nuclear winter is coming"

[–]bigcliff10[S] 20 points21 points  (2 children)

This actually made me laugh!

[–]DocWhiskeyPhD 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Haha good. On a serious note I'm glad it turned out to be a false alarm. Still got a lot of friends over there.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

For sure, if this wasn't an alarm I'm sure many more would be back over here!

[–]bigcliff10[S] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Haha that's me. I've been growing it out for a while now!

[–]VinDenim 57 points58 points  (1 child)

For a second I forgot babies exist and I was like “how the fuck is that person so small?”

[–]bigcliff10[S] 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is hilarious haha

[–]WiseWordsFromBrett 14 points15 points  (1 child)

This Spring we will post this pic from the Midwest for Nados

[–]bigcliff10[S] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I grew up near the Gulf of Mexico, I could probably find one when I was in High School from when Hurricane Ike hit Houston. It brings back memories!

[–]heretoplay 5 points6 points  (0 children)

"False alarm"

[–]ifunnybish 12 points13 points  (6 children)

lol that lady's turbie twist is backwards

[–]clarissakaye 7 points8 points  (0 children)


suddenly I was questioning if I’ve just been wearing MINE backwards all these years 😂

[–]RavenclawRN 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I thought I was the only one who noticed that! I love my Turbie Twists!

[–]escapethechaos 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Thank God someone said something! My hair is way too long to wear it the wrong way

[–]chasebrendon 26 points27 points  (18 children)

Is the official advice to shelter in the bathroom? Nice shower curtain, by the way :)

[–]StupidBeardedGiraffe 54 points55 points  (4 children)

Basements in Hawaii are just lava pits. Everyone knows this.

[–]darwin_thornberry 26 points27 points  (2 children)

Can’t be killed by a missile if you’re killed by lava first!

[–]bigcliff10[S] 17 points18 points  (0 children)

That's the dream

[–]Eddmon_targaryen 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Duck and cover kids !

[–]perrycox69 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Just stand on the furniture. Lava can't get you there.

[–]ThesaurusBrown 29 points30 points  (7 children)

In the event of a nuke you'll want to shelter in an interior room without windows preferably a basement. It won't help you with an explosion but it might help with fallout. It will probably cut the radiation exposure in half. Exposure to 450 rads kills about half of all people exposed. So it won't save you from fallout of 1,000 rads per hour, but it might help protect you from 100 rads per hour. Rads build up. It will ceratainly help you if you are in an are only getting 10 rads an hour. Your blood changes at 50 rads.


[–]bigcliff10[S] 23 points24 points  (2 children)

Most houses in Hawaii have windows in every room because we don't have central AC. So we picked the smallest window!

[–]carolathome 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Do you have a large clothes closet or pantry? Throw some pillows in to wait it out. Sorry ya’ll had to go thru that.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 11 points12 points  (0 children)

It's okay, better a false alarm than a real emergency for us. We pulled the pillows off the couch haha

[–]SupportVectorMachine 13 points14 points  (2 children)

If you want some nuke survival tips while being consistently creeped out, check out the UK's PSA series Protect and Survive, which was produced but never aired. Bits of it were used in the monumentally depressing film Threads.

[–]catsocksfromprimark 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oh my goodness thanks for reminding me of those four days after watching Threads where I gave up all hope and wandered through life in an existential crisis

[–]mattjh 13 points14 points  (1 child)

My friend sent me the warning she got on her phone while out for a run. Official advice.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

That's exactly what mine said, definitely kinda scary!

[–]bigcliff10[S] 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That room had the smallest windows, not a lot of options!

[–]poochyenarulez 3 points4 points  (1 child)

if a missle actually hit, I don't think it would have really mattered.

[–]Cyan_Ink 10 points11 points  (0 children)

A 21st century get-together

[–]swaggman75 11 points12 points  (7 children)

Whats the back story to this I've been out of the loop

[–]bigcliff10[S] 20 points21 points  (6 children)

Hawaii got a false alarm (that we learned about after) of a missile launched at Hawaii. It's been a hot topic out here for a while, so when we got the notice we took cover in our friends "bunker"

It was actually their bathroom haha

[–]swaggman75 5 points6 points  (1 child)

False alarm from bad info or system glitch

[–]MrSquigles 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Official statement is that someone "pushed the wrong button during a shift change."

Maybe the "clock out" button is next to the "we're all going to die" button.

[–]HillBillyBobBill 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I think I'd drive my car into the ocean if I was stuck on an island when missile warnings go off.

[–]moronotron 6 points7 points  (1 child)


[–]bigcliff10[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Always haha

[–]londonjp 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lol mahalo poop poop

[–]Ruckus418 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Are you Chili Klaus?!

[–]bigcliff10[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That's my buddy, I'm the crazy guy sitting. on the edge of the tub. Some people have described me as a Jon Snow in this thread!

[–]gomugomuproton 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I like to imagine that the center kid thumbs-downed the missile from ever launching, saving all of Hawaii

[–]mscman 8 points9 points  (1 child)

I know this was just a one-off event, but these false alarms are unfortunately probably going to cause people to not take an actual emergency alert seriously.

[–]Randevu 2 points3 points  (1 child)

That kid. Thumbs down, would not recommend to a friend

[–]benjamin_turlte 1 point2 points  (1 child)

This is the best news I've heard all day. Glad you guys are safe.

[–]bigcliff10[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks! We are also.

[–]Urabutbl 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I see Hurley went back to The Island (and finally went on that diet).

[–]bigcliff10[S] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42

[–]assmilk99 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Can someone explain to me the protocol for sending out a Nuke warning message? How does someone accidentally do that??

[–]bigcliff10[S] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The phrasing I heard "He was clocking out and hit the wrong button"

I'm not sure how that is plausible to do that, but that's what I was told.

[–]MeriadocBrandybuck 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I watched the press conference. From what I understand, every shift change they go through a check list--like before the pilot takes the airplane out. Does this work? check. Does this work?

Instead of just checking to see if the alert and system worked, someone made it "live" and the alert got sent out.

I was impressed by the way the man in charge of the emergency alert system took full responsibility and didn't attempt to blame someone else.

[–]RenScout 3 points4 points  (0 children)

At a glance this looked like the bathroom was foggy with smoke. I thought the whole family was smoking a joint before the world ended.

[–]IntlMysteryMan 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I fucking love this picture. Way to keep things sane by injecting some levity into an otherwise bonkers situation. You really showed up for your family here, OP.

[–]conanclone 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Looks like George Lucas lost some weight, cleaned up his hair, and trimmed his beard.

[–]sa1sash4rk 2 points3 points  (2 children)

“Everyone in Hawaii does hang loose, right? Yea do it!”

[–]bigcliff10[S] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I figured that was the best attitude haha

[–]Flyers2819 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Don’t know why this is making me thing of the South Park episode “Going Native”. “Out ancestors sailed here....on a cruise ship nine months ago”

[–]Jsenss 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The missile warning kinda scared me tbh. I'm thousands of miles away, but when I first saw the reddit chatter about 2 hours after the alert I couldn't figure out what was going on for a while. After about 5 minutes of reddit/googling the online consensus was that "missile warning issued, but nobody in danger". Did we lose a missile again? Or Trump pissed off North Korea and they shot us but missed? I honestly couldn't find an answer to dismiss the possibility for a while. With our current political climate, i feel that's totally plausible. It took 10+ minutes of research to find out there definitely was no missile in the first place.

I just experienced "world war 3 can't possibly have started just now... Right? That would be crazy, but I could totally see that happening. " I feel like America is reliving the cold war era and it's been going on for a little while now with North Korea and Russia both in the mix of drama. But I think that we're far from the peak of it. That's what scares me.

[–]RedSquirrelFtw 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The bathroom is the safest place in the house when a nuclear warhead hits.