Review – 101 Things to do Before the Apocalypse

If someone tells a joke but no one’s left alive to hear it, is it still funny? In the case of Jon Hanson’s 101 Things to do Before the Apocalypse the answer is a resounding, “Yes!”

Hanson has put together a bucket-list folks from all walks of life can occupy their time with as we near the Mayan Doomsday date of 12/21/12. As it’s the month of Christmas I think I’ll start by checking off #6: “Have Christmas Early.” December 25th comes days after the scheduled ruination of mankind, so why miss out?! One of the best things about the book is that similar things are grouped together so you can knock out two in a row. (#7 is “Buy Yourself Christmas Presents!”)

Whether you’re a student, parent, work a white-collar job, or you’re a ne’er-do-well slacker, this book has easy to accomplish tasks, all laid out  in a convenient format. They range from sound advice, to suggestions of questionable morality, to outright law-breaking, but not every suggestion is selfish or illegal. There are plenty of things on this list to make your neighbors’ last days a little brighter. One of my favorites is #18: “Give up Your Restaurant Pager:”

“If you find yourself waiting for a restaurant table among older people, keep an eye on them. If you get buzzed first, offer to swap with them. They have done enough waiting. You could also apply the same efforts to active duty members of the military and veterans. It’s the right thing to do and you’ll feel good in the process!”

Again, 101 Things to do Before the Apocalypse provides a wide variety of entertaining ways to spend your final hours, and though there are a few points of repetition along the way, those moments don’t detract from the overall enjoyment of the book. 101 is a big number, and I suspect the author managed to get them all in while dodging the authorities a few times. No small feat. I had fun reading this lighthearted take on our impending doom. It’s a fine reminder that sometimes we take ourselves too seriously. Go to Amazon and buy this book, you won’t regret it!

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