I hope everyone enjoyed Apocalypse Weekend 2020, sponsored by Charmin Ultra Soft. Next March, Apocalypse Weekend 2021 will be brought to us by Totino's Pizza Rolls.
Now that you're all stocked up and self-quarantined for a while, you might find yourself in need of a book to read. I recommend H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. What’s interesting about the book is that most of the chaos the narrator sees is from the humans acting hysterically after the initial Martian attack. People looted grocery stores and generally used the invasion as an excuse to be cruel to one another.
In 1938, Orson Welles adapted the book as a scheduled radio play depicting a breaking news report of an alien invasion. Approximately 5 people across the nation mistook the play as actual news. The press in the following week misreported it as a widespread panic. While no one anywhere knew anyone who took to the streets in panic, it is the most popular piece of misinformation people use to this day as an example of how they are the rare individual who would not be so foolish as to not be able to tell apart fact from fiction.
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