Doomsday preppers make their choice

For a few weeks this summer in this daily issue, I asked readers to choose from a series of questions in a survey based on this doomsday scenario:

What’s in your apocalypse bag? You know, the backpack that you carry when the world ends. These are your essentials for the post-apocalyptic world that fit in a standard backpack. The location of our survey is a partially looted big box store outside of New Haven, Connecticut.

Exactly 3,292 people took part in our survey. Thanks to everyone who played.

Today I am happy to share the results of this survey. Keep scrolling to find out more about what these readers, our own doomsday preppers, packed in their apocalypse bags.

I’m Nick Lucchesi and this is Inverse Daily. Please share this newsletter with a friend by sending them this link.

This is an adapted version of the Inverse daily Newsletter for Tuesday 14 September 2021. Sign up for free and earn rewards for reading your inbox every day.


Hey preppy – it’s easier than ever to prepare. You don’t need a warehouse membership to purchase a pallet worth of canned beans:

The apocalypse is fashionable. When you find yourself in a big retail store early in the morning at the end of the world, you might find yourself reaching for zip-off cargo pants and crocs – if you’re an inverse reader.

This summer Inverse asked readers what they would put in a backpack if they were caught unprepared for the collapse of society. Interest in prep grew in the northeastern United States in March 2020, and while it has cooled from those panicked levels, the concept is now completely out of the bunker. Prepping has become mainstream for those of us who don’t have a home in New Zealand.

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The Science of Grip Strength – Sam Reiss writes on how to improve one of the most important elements of weightlifting and a sign of good health: grip.

Grip is a force function in the hand made up of muscles, tendons, and finger rolls. When we tense and bend our hands, we train our grip.

Grip strength is critical inside and outside the gym. A study of geriatric women showed a positive association between grip strength and lung function – how well the lungs work – as did a study that focused on adults living in the UK. Another, focusing on teenagers, showed grip strength as a positive marker of future health. Conversely, a weak grip is linked to the development of a carpal tunnel.

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A psychological concept that shapes your worldview – Sarah Sloat writes that mental life includes thoughts, feelings and intentions that we ascribe to others, animals and objects. It can be used to understand social and moral obligations, according to a new study:

Kara Weisman is part of a research team that asked people questions like Are ghosts hungry? Do robots deserve moral treatment?

When these answers are bundled, Weisman looks for patterns that show similarities and differences in our mental life. A spiritual life is made up of the thoughts, feelings, and intentions that we ascribe to others, animals, and inanimate objects. It’s a concept we use to sort out social and moral obligations.

In a study published in Nature in August, Weisman and colleagues interviewed adults and children living in the United States, Ghana, Thailand, China, and the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The interviewees mostly conceptualize a mind-body distinction in the context of mental life. This is sometimes referred to as “mind-body dualism” and refers to thinking of cognitive abilities as different from bodily sensations.

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The Cadillac XT5 holds its own – The luxury crossover market is crammed with competition, but the Cadillac XT5 is a fair choice for everyone. But how does Jordan Golson fare against the Lexus RX, Acura MDX, Audi Q5 and more?

I like Cadillac very much. I like the heritage, I like the design, and I like where they go with electric cars like the Lyriq.

I even like the XT5, the most popular Cadillac on the market. It’s a compact crossover SUV that competes in what is perhaps the toughest segment of the auto industry.

Sometimes I think there are too many cars to choose from. There are around two dozen options for a crossover SUV like the XT5, and none of them are explicitly bad. And that doesn’t even include all of the electrical options you could reasonably cross-shop the XT5 for.

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