New York magazine ran a story on Thursday reporting that the bomb shelter business is booming -- so to speak -- as Americans lose faith in our leaders' ability to avert nuclear war.
And while nonproliferation activist Jeffrey Lewis told the San Francisco Chronicle that in the world after a nuclear attack that "the survivors would envy the dead" and wish they'd died as well, plenty of people, apparently, are shelling over their hard-earned dollars to build concrete-reinforced, windowless underground rooms.
Twitter users responded with a mix of gallows humor and genuine horror that the specter of nuclear annihilation could be returning to haunt the world again.
@mcspocky There was never a day while Obama was Pres. that kids asked "Do we need a bomb shelter?"— CJ_Plumb (@CJ_Plumb) 1502370529.0
It's 9:06 am on a beautiful Thursday morning, and I'm googling what I need for a bomb shelter. #ThanksTrump u sure are #MAGA 😒— m o l l y ૐ (@m o l l y ૐ) 1502370457.0
Do I need to find the nearest bomb shelter or nah??— Nikki (@Nikki) 1502369670.0
No problem! We have "duck and cover" right?🙄 https://t.co/0oZQqM6fj5— John Whitesall (@John Whitesall) 1502371959.0
#TBT to the 80's ... the last time I remember being genuinely scared of nuclear weapons. Time to make friends with a bomb shelter owner.— 🇺🇸🏴☠️☠️ (@🇺🇸🏴☠️☠️) 1502366734.0
Reagan era kids raise your hand from under the desk you're duck and covering beneath https://t.co/F9PUdwYG2W— Xeni Jardin (@Xeni Jardin) 1502284471.0
*opens app* *finds nearest bomb shelter*— norman freeman shrug gif (@norman freeman shrug gif) 1502365582.0
Hey @RexTilllerson Think we should "sleep well?" You should see my neighbors looking for help building a bomb shelter on Nextdoor.— Truboo 💙 (@Truboo 💙) 1502371122.0
I find it concerning that when I google "Fallout Shelter Oklahoma" the only results are a Y2K website and a list from 1986. #wereallgonnadie— Quelle Surprise (@Quelle Surprise) 1502372241.0
@amandamull One of my kids asked me last night, in all seriousness, if we are going to build a fallout shelter in t… https://t.co/e0sJiXszIx— Kat Gonzales (@Kat Gonzales) 1502372201.0
It seems that when Trump said "make Ameica great again", he was thinking of good ol´ 1952. #DuckAndCover -- https://t.co/EZD5T8FbLF— Javier Liberman (@Javier Liberman) 1502371497.0