We talk about pop culture's fascination with the end of the world here on MNN a lot. Heck, we even offer up a list of ways to survive the apocalypse - but be honest, how many of you really take any of that advice seriously?
Starting tonight on the National Geographic Channel, you'll get to witness those Americans that are using every day of our current modern society to prepare for its dissolution and the aftermath. The network's new series "Doomsday Peppers" takes us inside the lives of those fearing the worst (financial collapse, earthquake, oil crisis, etc.) and their plans to survive.
"I think between the survey and the show, people will get to examine their own beliefs, compare them to the survey, see how people in the show are spending their lives and learn to prepare themselves," says Brad Dancer, senior vice president of research and digital media at Nat Geo told USAToday.
Finding an audience for such a show is apparently not a problem. According to the site, National Geographic commissioned a survey that discovered an astounding 61% of Americans believe the country will experience a major catastrophic event within the next 20 years, but only 15% feel they are fully prepared for it.
"People invest so much money in life insurance," one of the preppers told Nat Geo. "This is life assurance."
Check out a trailer for the series, which airs tonight at 9PM, below.