On Saturday morning thousands of Hawaii residents awoke to an emergency text message warning them a missile was on its way and they had approximately 10 minutes to live.
It turned out to be a false alarm of course – a blunder caused by a Hawaii Emergency Management employee pushing the wrong button. But for 38 heart-stopping minutes before authorities could get the all-clear ‘sorry, our bad’ message out, many of these residents and tourists genuinely thought they were about to die – or at least face nuclear fallout.
As you’d imagine, in a state of panic and thinking the end was nigh, people exhibited some pretty standard – and not so standard – the-world’s-about-to-end behaviour.
Curious to learn what people did faced with potential destruction, Redditor Echocookie asked: “People who made an impulse decision when they found out Hawaii was going to be nuked, what did you do and do you regret it?”
These are just a few of the most surprising responses, including a man who confessed to his affairs and another who comfort ate bread.
Drink, what else?
Two_black_eyes turned to alcohol like so many others would have, there was just one problem.
“I got drunk for the first time in four years of sobriety… oops.”
Listen: The Chaser’s Chas Licciardello explains why we have nothing to fear when it comes to nuclear war with North Korea. (Post continues.)
Reddit user Lookma_noserotonin learned his dad’s reaction to imenent death was a strange one. At least it only lead to a minor regret.
“My 70-year-old dad ate two loaves of bread while hiding in his closet. He said he only regrets it because he has to buy more bread now.”