It’s the end of the world!  You’re allowed only one item. You take:

A pair of Birkenstocks
A cast iron pot
An axe
An encyclopedia
A compass
A rope
A notebook and pencil
A backpack

Hurry – You have to leave!  Your preferred mode of transportation is:

A river raft
On foot
A train
A bicycle
Bio-diesel car
A hot Air Balloon

You find some fellow travelers.  In a group, you are most comfortable:


Being a good listener

putting out a fire

Being in control

trash bin

Cleaning up all the messes


Sitting back and watching things unfold

hiding under a blanket

Keeping to yourself


Sticking with your significant other

harmonica player

Being the center of attention


Meeting new people

Location is everything.  The best place to be when the world ends is:

At a retreat center
At a cozy log cabin in the woods
On a remote tropical island
Sailing around the world
At a well-outfitted campground
On a mountain-climbing expedition
At a romantic European castle
In a bustlin metropolis

You stop to rest,  and your spirit animal pays a visit. You see a:

Honey Bee

You survived the night!  Your breakfast of choice is:

Green smoothie
Bacon and eggs
Cold pizza
French toast with maple syrup
Hebal tea with honey
Apples and peanutbutter
Huevos rancheros
Pop Tarts

Tough times call for words of wisdom.  Pick an apocalypse philosopher:

'If you can fight, fight. Help each other. Be prepared for anything. Our war has just begun.' -Gerry Lane (World War Z)
'If the apocalypse comes, beep me.' -Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Margaret Atwood (The Year of the Flood)
'Have a nice cold pint and wait for all this to blow over' -Shaun of the Dead
'Some walks you have to take alone.' Margaret Atwood (The Year of the Flood)
'As for me my only hope is eternal nothingness and I hope it with all my heart' Cormac McCarthy (The Road)
'If you cannot remember, it is better to forget.' Curtis [Snowpiercer]
'Any longer out on that road and I am one of them, ya know? A terminal crazy.' Max Rockatansky (Mad Max)

It’s a good thing  you made that end-of-the-world mixtape! The first track is:

What a Wonderful World byLouis Armstrong
Dance Apocalyptic by Janelle Monáe
Redemption Song by Bob Marley
Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Judie Garland
On the Road Again by Willie Nelson
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by The Flaming Lips
It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) by R.E.M.
Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival
You Are:

The Nurturer

You are the glue of your community. Taking care of those in need is what feeds your soul, and your generous nature makes others turn to you for comfort and support. You see the beauty in the world and in the people around you. That said, no guest gets to drink your end-of-the-world beer supply without cooking a few meals in return. You know that sometimes the greatest kindness is reciprocity.

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The Protector

You are fearless and are seen by others as a natural leader. You take pride in protecting and providing for your community, and your fierce loyalty to those you love makes you a desirable companion. Your talent for reading body language allows you to react to any situation with speed and precision, and you’re always willing to step between danger and a loved one. You value physical strength, and your mind is as sharp as the tools you carry.

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The Problem-Solver

You are a doer and prefer action to drama. You seek knowledge and experience, which guide you in responding to a crisis, yet you’re at your best when you let go of expectations and exist in the moment. Your special lens for looking at the world allows you to see the big picture while attending to the practical details. Nevertheless, you aren’t afraid to ask for help when you need it.

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The Visionary

Some might accuse you of living with your head in the clouds, but your ability to see possibilities that others haven’t yet imagined makes you an important figure in any post-apocalypse gathering. You are the navigator who looks way out ahead and finds the path. You listen to dreams, heed your visions, and follow your heart. Sometimes this puts you at odds with the rest of the world, but that’s okay: you relish your alone time, anyway. It’s the best time for nurturing your creativity.

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The Naturalist

It takes sensitivity to tune in to the frequencies of the non-human world. Fortunately, you’ve got it. You don’t need satellites or radar to forecast the weather, and you know the difference between a deadly threat and a harmless entity wearing a good disguise. You find sustenance in what others toss out with the weeds, you nurture friendships with animals, and you know how to use what’s wild without stripping it of its wildness. Even if there’s not a single human left on earth, you won’t be alone.

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The Tinkerer

Master fixer and maker extraordinaire, you know what people really need and see potential in what other people overlook. Afraid of making a mistake? Not you! You’ve cobbled together an impressive range of skills, and you find as much value in taking things apart as you do in putting them together. A tad unconventional, you relish the art of reinvention, and you aren’t bound by perfection.

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The Storyteller

You were the kid who stayed awake past lights-out, hiding under the covers with a book and a flashlight. A generous listener, you also excel at holding an audience’s rapt attention. You possess a memory any elephant would envy, an ear for language, and a special talent for weaving a tale. You are the historian of your community and the witness of your time.

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The Eco-Economist

You’re a model of living lightly on the earth, and your values keep your tribe on track. Some might call you “thrifty,” but you’re a master at making things last, and you always have the necessary parts for any project on hand. After all, stuff is useful, waste is wasteful, and you never know what you’ll need next. Fair-minded and pragmatic, you’re skilled at recognizing hidden worth — an important trait in a world where dollars and cents may not hold value.

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About the book

Are you ready for the end of the world? Ana Maria Spagna combines empowering know-how and comic imagination in this sassy-yet-serious list of 100 useful doomsday skills needed to survive a disaster, from zombie attack to climate change. Renowned artist Brian Cronin’s clever illustrations bring each skill to life, encouraging makers, doers, and potential heroes to step up and prepare for the worst.

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100 Skills You’ll Need for the End of the World (As We Know It) is available everywhere, including:

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