What happened when a 7th grader asked Ronald Reagan to declare his…

In 1984, a young boy named Andy Smith came up with a clever scheme to get his room cleaned with minimal effort: he would convince President Ronald Reagan to have his room declared a federal disaster area and then clean his room with the resulting funds. But the president didn't exactly send folks in biohazard suits to… » 6/30/12 11:00am 6/30/12 11:00am

Are coffins being stored in Atlanta for a "high casualty event"?

For years, the internet has swirled with rumors about a large number of black plastic containers stored along a stretch of interstate near Atlanta. Conspiracy theorists dubbed the black containers coffins, and hypothesized that they were being stored for a planned or foreseen event that would cause the deaths of… » 11/18/11 7:00am 11/18/11 7:00am

How To Make Yourself Apocalypse-Ready

We often talk about fictional apocalypses here at io9, but what if the collapse of civilization actually happens in your lifetime? Here are some things you can start doing right now to make sure you're ready to ride it out. » 11/26/09 11:02am 11/26/09 11:02am

Firefighters' Manual Teaches First Reponders to Deal with UFO Attacks

No, I'm not kidding: A recent ABC newscast focuses on how a commonly-used firefighters' manual from FEMA has an entire chapter devoted to UFO preparedness. Hey, it's a good idea to be ready for anything, right? If aliens crash-landed, there wouldn't just be fires — there'd be mass panic. First responders need to have… » 11/07/08 1:26pm 11/07/08 1:26pm