Monday, June 4, 2018

Safety (at a price)

When I was a kid I remember reading a magazine article about how to build a bomb shelter. I also recall being very upset with my parents for not having one. What would happen to me when the atom bomb fell on us?

Now there's another version of refuge against disaster being offered to the public here in Mexico City. Yesterday in Parque México a new 'safety pod' was put on display which guarantees to save your life in case your building collapses in an earthquake.

Fully equipped to keep you alive and well for a month, the pod costs between 40,000 and 250,000 pesos (that's about 2,000 to 12,000 USD).

Although the odds of being near enough to your pod at the moment when the alarm sounds (there's one built-in) are slim, some might find comfort in living with a giant white egg in their house. I think looking at it all the time would raise my anxiety level. Somehow I don't imagine they will sell a lot of these guys. What do you think?

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