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    Question 1 year in a room- what to bring?

    Let’s pretend that you are (and your immediate family and roommates) going to go into a walled off room with gray walls and no carpeting. This is going to be your living space, and it’s approximately 2000 square feet (185.806 square meters). You have no access to dirt to grow food or to tunnel out. There is no electricity unless you create it within the room. You have no way to leave the room on your own. No one from the outside will come by to feed you or bring you water. You will be kept here for one whole year.

    But, you are allowed to bring as much stuff as you can fit in your room. What will you bring?

    Example: this is what I’m brining.
    ---Food---
    • 300 pounds of wheat for each person
    • 200 pounds of rice for each person
    • 100 pounds of mixed peas and beans
    • 60 pounds of canned carrots
    • 200 pounds of canned potatoes
    • 10 pounds of table salt
    • 30 pounds of assorted spices (curry, vinegar, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, bezel, soy sauce, crčme of tarter, chicken boyon, beef boyon)
    • 50 pounds of sugar
    • 40 pounds of dried onions
    • 30 pounds of instant mashed potatoes
    • Baby formula incase anybody gets pregnant, or has a baby (room mates go with you, remember?)
    • 40 pounds of assorted candy to make kids and teens do their fair share.
    • 300 gallons of water (about 473 liters) for each person. (an adult only needs to drink a liter a day to stay hydrated. The rest can be used for cooking, washing dishes, and sponge bathing.)

    ---Medicine---
    Aspirin, eye droppers, something to stop diarrhea, something to stop constipation, bactine spray, Neosporin, bandages, broken (arm/leg) casting materials

    ---Warm and dry---
    • 2 Blankets and 2 pillows for each person
    • Pillow cases for each pillow (plus 10% extra).
    • Fold up chairs
    • Fold up tables (1 for every 4 people)
    • 10 pairs of socks for every person (you can go barefoot)
    • 1 Bunk bed for every 2 people (they can also be used as shelves to store additional stuff)


    ---Sanitary needs---
    Toothbrush, hairbrush, scissors for cutting hair, nail trimmers, toilet paper, buckets that have been outfitted with toilet seat covers (they exist) mouthwash, acne-removal stuff, washrags, bath brushes, shower curtains, a large deep pan that can be used as a bathtub. Diapers for babies between the ages of 0 months to 2 years, deodorant, perfume, tweezers, shaving razors, shaving crčme, sponges, dish soap, shampoo, handy wipes (hand sanitizing wipes that are already wet and mildly soapy.)

    ---Entertainment---
    Coloring books, sci-fi books, psychology books, text books of all different subjects, magazines that advertise jewelry and perfect-hair tips, drawing paper, baby toys, squirt guns,

    ---additional items---
    • Crank operated lights
    • A pellet gun (nothing lethal)
    • Fire wood and matches


    ---storage---
    • Plastic containers that can store unused food, clothing, water, cloth, spare parts for things like the bunk beds,
    • Plastic containers that can be used to store dirty water, waste, spoiled food, burnt up firewood that won’t light anymore, people or animals that died (hopefully, this doesn’t happen) for later disposal

    ---privacy---
    • Large curtains that separate the individual living spaces.


    ---things that can be done before you enter the room---
    I’d like to add that you have an opportunity to get all your dental work done before hand, gotten everyone who was going with me updated prescription glasses,

    If you want to grow your own food, then you have to remember to bring your own soil, seeds, and water. The same goes for farm animals. Account for everyone’s (including any farm animals) food, water, and waste disposal
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    What would you bring? Is there anything you'd like to add to my list?


    You might be asking why I posted this thread in the “outdoors” section. It’s because this “room” is handled the same way as a hand full of explorers would handle surviving in an untamed arid land (like southern California).
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    I forgot, I'm also adding frying pans, pots, spatulas, forks, spoons, bowls, plates, and cups.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Can't I just stay there on my own? That would be more like it, I could call it fun. But if I must stay with others...I would bring all that...and a straightjacket. Probably. I figure I or somebody else might need it when the year comes to an end...or sooner.

    Oh, rollerskates or a skateboard, some exercising equipment...

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    Your world war III survival plan all figured out, huh? :P

    I will most likely hire an INTJ to make a list for me, no offense. >.>

    I'd go a little more varying with foods though, oh and a fireplace is allowed? Lots of wood to burn too.

    And a blast furnace and lots of ores and metals and tools so I can tinker.

    Make swords and stuff, for infighting and such you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    Can't I just stay there on my own? That would be more like it, I could call it fun. But if I must stay with others...I would bring all that...and a straightjacket. Probably. I figure I or somebody else might need it when the year comes to an end...or sooner.

    Oh, rollerskates or a skateboard, some exercising equipment...
    You can stay there on your own, but only if you were living by yourself before you were forced to go into the room. If you were living with room mates, then they would come with you.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Quote Originally Posted by ObeyBunny View Post
    You can stay there on your own, but only if you were living by yourself before you were forced to go into the room. If you were living with room mates, then they would come with you.
    Looks like I'm saved.

    I have a few reservations about your listed sanitary needs but I guess to each their own to create something more pleasant in that dreary life. Acne removal stuff and shaving creme?

    Although, I must add, I would need some more information on the air conditioning.

    Let's see...there's no electricity...no sunlight...how would I grow plants in that case? Sprouting is a possibility to get some vital nutrients but anything else? Producing electricity in such a quantity to support plant growing...that's a bit iffy.

    Ooh...and I wonder how long it would take for all kinds of wonderful diseases to settle in? With animals and such.

    Don't get me wrong, I find this idea utterly fascinating. I'd actually like to try something like this. The psychological aspect would be very interesting to observe. This takes some more detailed thinking. Thanks for the idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffywolf View Post
    Your world war III survival plan all figured out, huh? :P

    I will most likely hire an INTJ to make a list for me, no offense. >.>

    I'd go a little more varying with foods though, oh and a fireplace is allowed? Lots of wood to burn too.

    And a blast furnace and lots of ores and metals and tools so I can tinker.

    Make swords and stuff, for infighting and such you know.
    Good idea, I didn't think about metal works. Sitting and reading would drive me insain after a while.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sky is BLUE! View Post
    Looks like I'm saved.

    I have a few reservations about your listed sanitary needs but I guess to each their own to create something more pleasant in that dreary life. Acne removal stuff and shaving creme?

    Although, I must add, I would need some more information on the air conditioning.

    Let's see...there's no electricity...no sunlight...how would I grow plants in that case? Sprouting is a possibility to get some vital nutrients.

    Ooh...and I wonder how long it would take for all kinds of wonderful diseases to settle in?

    Don't get me wrong, I find this idea utterly fascinating. I'd actually like to try something like this. The psychological aspect would be very interesting to observe. This takes some more detailed thinking. Thanks for the idea.
    Actually, the ‘room’ is just a sneaky way of asking you how you would handle living in your house after something major (like the economy) went down and stayed down. If something like this happened, you wouldn’t be able to get water from your pipes, get food from your stores, get medicine from your hospitals, and get graves for your fallen kin. You might as well be isolated in a room with only what you bring with you.

    That's why I mentioned that you can grow your own food. In the real world, you would still have access to sunlight.
    Q: "What is the process of seeking the truth?"
    A: "Distilled liquor"

    Q: "If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?"
    A: "Between a starving prostitute and a steak sandwich."

    Q:How would a mathematician capture an elephant?
    A:He would build a cage, step inside, and rename his new location as "outside."

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    Was my thinking too.

    I doubt I could create anything feasable in terms of electrician stuff. I mean, I'd probably go straight to designing my own game station. Bit too big of a project lol.

    But being able to create and be busy with something like metalworks would definatly be a nice way to spend some time.
    ~Self-depricating Megalomaniacal Superwolf

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    Quote Originally Posted by ObeyBunny View Post
    Actually, the ‘room’ is just a sneaky way of asking you how you would handle living in your house after something major (like the economy) went down and stayed down. If something like this happened, you wouldn’t be able to get water from your pipes, get food from your stores, get medicine from your hospitals, and get graves for your fallen kin. You might as well be isolated in a room with only what you bring with you.

    That's why I mentioned that you can grow your own food. In the real world, you would still have access to sunlight.
    And I had such high hopes for total isolation and the psychological experiment.



    Living in my house after something like that would be easy, but it certainly depends on where the house was situated. In the suburbs with only minimal access to fertile land, complete dependence on outside water supply and waste removal...that wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure.

    But in a more rural setting it would be so much easier. Actually, that would be my preferred ideal for living any time.

    Self-sustainable, somewhere distant enough. I wouldn't call that isolation, I would call that utter bliss and freedom.

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