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bac - 2009-09-24

And after it's all over you can go outside and melt.

BillFisto - 2009-09-24

You've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time.

mashedtater - 2009-09-24

there's nothing you or i can do about that dead family member of yours now.

zatojones - 2009-09-24

if you are caught in a nuclear attack wait for the wait shield barrier to form a protective shell around your family

Udderdude - 2009-09-24

I'm going to wait for that awesome synth noise at 1:18 to form a protective barrier around me.

MrBuddy - 2009-09-24

Sounds British, does anyone from Britain remember it? What year did it come out? Do you really want to spend 5 days in a fallout shelter with a dead corpse wrapped in a trash bag?

fluffy - 2009-09-24

Do you really want to spend 5 days in a fallout shelter AT ALL? I mean I'm a complete introverted hermit and even I go stir-crazy if I spend more than a day in my apartment.

split tail - 2009-09-24

that's the same guy who does the video "One Got Fat"


he has a special way of bringing you bad news and important advice all at the same time :)

Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2009-09-24

The guy's voice is the lead singer from Frankie Goes to Hollywood (in one song from the era he booms MINE IS THE LAST VOICE YOU WILL EVER HEAR) and the animation was contracted out to a company that does kids' shows.

This is the TV part of the Protect and Survive series from the early 80s. It was never broadcast, but would have been part of a loop of messages sent out when a nuclear strike was imminent. Afterwards the TV most likely wouldn't work even if there was still power, but the radio broadcasts of the same messages - if the transmitters still worked - would continue. The same channels would be used to organize a the cleanup, should it ever come.

Basically put, the UK is that densely populated that in a nuclear war management is impossible. Nobody's coming and the dead were to be buried in the gardens of their homes, likewise the print handbook was just a bunch of obvious advice and time wasting tactics to keep the doomed occupied.

A couple of weeks after the conflict any hardened telephone exchanges and transmitters that hadn't been maintained would run out of backup power, and I guess that would be it for technology and modern life.

I know this because like a lot of UK kids of the 80s we knew that nuclear conflict was unsurvivable (tiny country, lots of targets) and later in the 90s one of my friends visited a shelter and brought back a mask and print copy of Protect and Survive.

From the handbook: "Please remove and burn all flammable items in your home, including curtains, newspapers...books..." accompanied by a line drawing of a man feeding a pile of paperbacks into a flaming trashcan. The tour guide informed him that most people would end up reading some of their (probably childhood) books and thus keep them distracted from Armageddon.

And later one we found that there was no four minute warning - it would have been around thirty seconds of warning if at all - the whole things was a farce designed to provide the illusion of survivability.

Desidiosus - 2009-09-24

Doesn't having to chuck a corpse in a giant plastic baggy kind of imply a failure in the Protect and Survive concept?

Camonk - 2009-09-24

Gran-gran kept trying to take more than her fair share of cakes. She had to be taken care of.

Big Beef Burritos Supreme - 2009-09-24

But now who can brew a decent cuppa?

Smellvin - 2009-09-24

This is only for post-nuclear apocalypse newbs. A true pro would gut the casualty (saving the intestines for future use), remove the brain (to avoid danger of vCJD), and cook 'im up for supper.

citrusmirakel - 2009-09-30

3 rads per second.

chumbucket - 2009-09-24

be sure to grab as many bobbleheads as you can find before you exit the shelter

memedumpster - 2009-09-25

If we can't eat our dead, what's the point of actually sharing the bomb shelter?

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