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      Question of the Day - What Would You Save in a Natural Disaster?

      September 3, 2012

      By Rosie Parry

      From the column 'Question of the Day'

      Welcome to Question of the Day. Making sure you are well prepared!

      There are few things on this perpetually spinning mass of rock, water and misery the seven billion of us call home that bring us real pleasure. And a very small number of us have the heightened paranoia and massive disposable income necessary to ensure that those rare things are locked safely away in a disaster-proof apocalypse bunker somewhere. Meaning, if shit were to ever really hit the fan, it's highly likely that you'd never see any of your stuff again.

      Hurricane Isaac has just finished popping in to say "Hi!" to the Gulf Coast of America, and has undoubtedly destroyed many people's worldly belongings, but if you lived in its path, what would you have saved? That favourite pair of shoes taking pride of place in your closet? Your children? Your collection of Nazi-themed strip pens? (*SPOILER*: Children was a popular answer. BORING.)

      What would you save in a natural disaster? 



      VICE: What would you save first in a natural disaster?
      Johan, engineer:
      [screams like a girl] Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

      Is that your only reaction?
      Yeah, it would be very bad. For the people. Bad.



      What would you save first in a natural disaster?
      [Both look at each other. Long. Pause]
      Jonathan, homemaker: I don’t know.
      Rhiannon, lawyer: No idea.

      What about your baby?
      Jonathan: Oh yeah, save the baby first, sure.
      Rhiannon: The baby, that’s it.



      Lee, decorator: Children.

      Your own children, or...?
      Well, mine first. Then all the other children.

      Hero.



      Cathy, IT manager: I’d probably try and save my books.

      Are these books you’ve written?
      Books I’ve read, I’ve been reading since I was five.

      What's your favourite book, then?
      Lord of The Rings. It’s a book my dad gave me and he died so it means a lot. It’s a book I love reading, I read it again and again, I could read it and never stop.

      If a hurricane was about to destroy the country, what would you save first?
      Drunk man in Guiness hat: Patrick. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhh.

      Why Patrick?
      You want this for a magazine? A magazine is talking to me? No, no, no. Sorry.

      Um, OK. Can I get your name?
      [Laughs] No.
      Guy who walks by: YOU CAN HAVE MY NAME ANY DAY BABE. ANY DAY. I WORK RIGHT NEXT TO THIS BUILDING. ANY DAY.

      Thank you. That’s very nice.

      Previously - Are Paralympians More Admirable Than Olympians

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      Topics: Question of the Day, natural disaster, hurricane

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