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On The Fantasy of Self Defense - Peak Oil Preparedness
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On The Fantasy of Self Defense
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baron_waste From: baron_waste Date: October 8th, 2011 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

I was going to add a similar remark, that never mind decibels, the best “burglar alarm” is the ch-CHAKK! of racking a shotgun, followed by a long, waiting silence… O yah. Bad Guy will suddenly remember pressing business he has elsewhere.

A friend of mine long ago had an idea I liked: When going on vacation, buy 50-lb blocks of dry ice. (Or 30 lb or whatever size it is.) Maybe a dozen, maybe two. Tote them up and stock your attic with them. To the rafters! Then leave.

Immediately after your departure, the sublimated CO2 will begin pouring down into the house, heavier than air, flooding and filling the interior like a colorless liquid, displacing the normal atmosphere and replacing it. Eventually it will leach out, of course, but meanwhile you need have no fears whatever of any house fire while you're gone… and if someone does break in, he'll never know what hit him. He'll asphyxiate and be unconscious within a minute… and you'll find the body when you get home.

[Even if this scenario doesn't occur, you'll have fumigated your house of all insects and vermin, termites, bedbugs, everything.]

theheretic From: theheretic Date: October 8th, 2011 08:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be sure to extinguish your pilot light if you do that, however, and remember that your attic has VENTS leading outside which allows the roof to dry from the underside to prevent mold.

However, that trick would qualify as a "man trap" since it was intended to be lethal and that's felony attempted murder/homicide and prison will follow. Points for clever, just not legal.
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