Thursday, April 9, 2015

Unfortunately, due to a flare up of chronic illness, I have to bow out of the A to Z challenge this year. Thanks to everyone who's stopped by and best of luck to all of you.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F is for Foreign Invasion of the Space Variety: A to Z Apocalypses #atoachallenge

There are a million stories about alien invasions and probably a billion theories as to how one would go down. 

We have a fearcination (yes, I just made a word up) with the universes unknown. From films like 1953's It Came From Outer Space to shows such as Falling Skys (2011-), there's a fierce portrayal of just how nasty it could to find out we're not alone in the universe.

There's the fear that when we're greeted with a species smarter than us, we'll become their slaves.

Or food. There's always that possibility.

Monday, April 6, 2015

E is for Edge of the World: A to Z Apocalypses #atozchallenge

Final Frontier Voyager by George Grie

Back in the day there was this theory that the world was flat and had edges. There was also the belief that monsters inhabited those edges.

Until the late sixth century BCE, the Greeks conceptualized the world as a series of concentric circles. Greece was surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea (with large islands like Sicily, Italy, and Cyprus); the Mediterranean was surrounded by the three continents, and behind the continents was the Ocean, which surrounded the world disk. Here, one could encounter strange monsters: Homer's Odyssey mentions a great variety of them. The edges of the continents were inhabited by savage, monstrous barbarians, the opposites of the civilized Greeks in the middle of the earth.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

D is for Disease: A to Z Apocalypses #atozchallenge

I've been watching a lot of Helix anf 12 Monkeys lately. If you're not familiar with either of those shows, they're both on SyFy and they both deal with apocalypse level diseases.

Narvik anyone? 
While we may not have any genocidal immortals or time machines, the threat of how easily the right disease could put us on our butts that's presented in these shows is very real.

Look at what happened with the Spanish Flu in 1918.

Friday, April 3, 2015

C is for Chemicals: A to Z Apocalypses #atozchallenge

If there's one thing Fight Club taught us, well okay, there are several things Fight Club taught us. My point is, Fight Club taught us that chemicals are freaky things. Remember this?

So it shouldn't be any surprise that chemicals could cause an apocalypse. Though I doubt even Tyler Durden had enough gusto to go around kissing every living being and pooring chemicals on them, there are plenty of chemical dramas playing out in the world right now.  

Thursday, April 2, 2015

B is for Bees: A to Z Apocalypses #atozchallenge

Rather than an apocalypse of swarming bees, which is terrifying,

or just deeply, deeply disturbing; the apocalypse I'm talking about comes from a lack of bees.

Back in the day when cellphones stopped looking like glorified walky talkies and suddenly everyone had to have one, my brother vowed never to own one because they killed bees. In all fairness, it was a popular theory

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A is For Ants: A to Z Apocalypses #atozchallenge

At first apocalypse via ants may sound crazy, but if you've ever suffered a home invasion by these mo-fos, you know how ruthless they can be.

Fact: There are approximately 10,000,000,000,000,000 ants on Earth at any given time.  That's so many zeros I don't know what number that makes. (Quadrillion, I looked it up) The Ants, Bert Holldobler

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