Men are born ignorant, not stupid. They are made stupid by education. -Bertrand Russell
Question #90864 posted on 01/28/2018 8:14 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

So, the Hawaii ballistic missile alert. Some people freaked out, some people just kept going about their business. How would you react?

-The Other Button

A:

Dear TOB,

My family is from Hawaii, but (thankfully) I didn't hear about the alert until after everyone found out it was a false alarm. Of course I texted my mom and asked how everyone was and how they reacted. She told me they debated going under the stairs (there's basically no basements in Hawaii. They'd be overrun with cockroaches in the space of a few hours), and then "I actually liked [my sister]'s suggestion—let's drive to the missile! Get it over faster (she read about Hiroshima and all the suffering for those who survived)."

Not exactly what you wanted to hear your family was planning.

Thankfully my parents were paying attention to the news, didn't notice an alert, so figured it was a false alarm. 

I would hope I was the same—tuning into the news before doing anything radical. Though the most radical thing I would do is call my family and tell them I love them and then find the best place to hide. Maybe pull an Indiana Jones and hide in the fridge. But I probably wouldn't follow my sister's advice and drive to where the missile was.

However, this alert (and then the tsunami watch which happened after the earthquake in Alaska—guys, Hawaii isn't quite the paradise everyone says it is) has made me really aware of how important my family is and how I could lose them at any moment. I'm definitely going to be spending more time talking with them and telling them I love them, because you never know when you won't be able to talk to them again.

-None

A:

Dear Button,

Man, I've been thinking about this a lot. That morning I was on Twitter and I saw the missile alert before anyone knew it was an accident. It had a big effect on me for some reason, and I thought about what I would do. I definitely think I would call a lot of people I care about, starting with my family. I'm sure I'd find somewhere to hide, even though I'd have doubts as to it's effectiveness. I've thought a lot about how I would feel, and I really don't know. I'm sure I'd feel a lot of different things. Anyway, that's pretty incomplete and not very specific of me, but I mostly wanted to say that that would be a really hard experience.

Keep it real,
Sherpa Dave