The idea of the end of the world is one that has fascinated humankind from the very beginning, and the prevalence of modern-day theories and post-apocalyptic movies, books and video games has given the end of days something of a place in the spotlight. Will it be a nuclear tragedy? Famine? War? Until it actually happens, no one really knows for sure how the world will end, or if it even will. Still, there are loads of notions and speculations around doomsday, some allegedly ‘backed by science’ and others put forward by renowned seers and soothsayers a la Nostradamus and Baba Vanga – Eastern Europe’s most famed fortune-teller. So far, we’ve survived the feared ‘Y2K computer crash’, the Mayan Calendar’s 2012 forecast, and probably a few others we missed in between. Still, there are those among us who want to be prepared.
While there were undoubtedly hundreds of people preparing for some or other doomsday event (just in case) long before the 2012 scare, that year in particular saw a boom in the number of people hurriedly clearing out their basements and stocking up with all manner of canned fruit and vegetables, bottled water and toilet paper. Mass panic saw people from all over the world making arrangements for the days following the apocalypse. As a matter of fact, even reality TV programmes showcasing these bunkers became a massive hit. It stands to reason, given that these shows force us to consider our own circumstances, and fantasize or theorise what we might do in preparation for the apocalypse. Understandably, some people are better equipped than others, and at the end of the day, being able to afford the appropriate necessities goes a long way. So, then, what about the 1%? Sure, they won’t be spared at the end of days, but they can sure prepare a lot better for it. Forget baked beans and canned peaches. If the billionaires of the world can live it large now, they can live even larger when the end of the world comes.
The threat of Armageddon has seen massive demand for structures that would withstand explosions, tidal waves and nuclear radiation. Many of the world’s most elite (Bill Gates included) are rumoured to have chosen to design their own luxury bunkers. Gary Lynch of Rising S Company claims that 2016 saw a 700% increase in sales of underground bunkers when compared to 2015, with general sales seeing a 300% increase since Trump’s election. While some like the idea of bunking it out alone, others prefer the idea of ‘communities’, which sees companies like the above acquiring decommissioned military bunkers built by the US or Soviet governments. One such shelter, Vivos xPoint in South Dakota, consists of 575 bunkers, with each one being outfitted by owners at a cost of $25 000 to $200 000, each! These communities include theatres, a gym, classrooms and even a spa! While some of these facilities function solely as bunkers for the end of days, some are considered ‘luxury second homes’, says Suvival Condo’s Larry Hall, a developer.
Prefer to face the apocalypse alone? The Oppidum in the Czech Republic is considered the largest billionaire bunker on the globe. It includes an above-ground estate with a 77 000 square foot component underground. It also has an underground garden, spa, wine vault and cinema – though no one says anything about how long the wine will last, or which new movies might be released after the end of the world.
It might sound ludicrous, spending so much money on such facilities. Still, the end of the world is sure to be a dismal time, and any survivors will need as many comforts and things to do to cheer them up. At least casino games like roulette and blackjack are timelessly entertaining and fun, and would make the days less grim. No one said anything about whether or not there’ll be Internet after the apocalypse, but as long as there still is, we recommend focussing on something a little lighter, and getting your game on at an online casino like All Jackpots. Who knows, you may just win big! If not, don’t worry – it won’t be the end of the world.