Just in case anyone needs another reminder that the Mayan apocalypse will be upon us this Friday, comes the story of Chinese farmer Liu Qiyuan who is not taking the threat of global annihilation lying down.
Liu has built a series of seven “emergency pods” designed to withstand the impending apocalypse. Here’s a description of what makes these pods suited to surviving mass destruction:
Each pod is a self-contained sphere built of waterproof fiberglass and steel. When submerged in water, they automatically float upright — and in the event the 14 possible occupants get jostled around too much, there are seat belts. Passengers also have access to a store of food, oxygen and water supplies.
Each pod cost around $48,000 and Liu has spent many years saving his money to prepare for this moment.
So it would really, really suck for him if the world didn’t come to an end on December 21 or if the means of destruction was something that would make his pod obsolete—like all of earth exploding in a catastrophic fireball.
So for Liu’s sake, let’s hope the end comes on Friday and in a way that will make his pods useful.