When the world ends, in the day of apocalypse, which would be the best place to be at? According to Dr Lewis Dartnell, an author, presenter and astrobiology research fellow at the Space Research Centre, University of Leicester, the best place to seek asylum would be a typical British supermarket. An adult person can survive up to 55 years in one supermarket just consuming tinned and non-perishable goods.
This was revealed in a study conducted by Lewis Dartnell to determine the amount of time a person could stand against apocalypse in Britain. He relied on the relationship between short and long shelf life of food, and the quantity of drinking water. In an average supermarket could one man can survive about 55 years that way.
Dartnell also discovered among other things that 36 percent (roughly one-third of the population) keep a “grab-bag” off essential items to hand in case of a disaster. While the research shows food (61%), medical supplies (53%) and even mobile phones (47%) were top of people’s lists to grab as they run from home in the event of an emergency, fewer recognised the importance of taking matches (22%) or a simple bottle (10%), which could be used to disinfect water.
Dr Dartnell, author of The Knowledge: How To Rebuild Our World From Scratch, said:
Clearly we shouldn’t be worrying 24/7 about a potential apocalypse but it’s interesting to take a snapshot of where we are now and how we’d fare – individually and as a society. People’s survival instincts are strong but without a greater focus on Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) skills, the speed at which we’d return to ‘society as we know it’ would be seriously impeded. Rather than duck and cover, the country needs to know how to stand and recover from any disaster.
– DR DARTNELL