Before The World Ends…

This is a bit of old news, but around January last year a video was leaked from CNN that is intended to be played when the Apocalypse comes and TV signs off for the last time. While it definitely sounds a bit preposterous that anybody would be watching CNN when the world is coming to an end, the video comes from a time when people did have a certain expectation for how the world would end. There were still many tensions in the 1980s between the United States and the Soviet Union, and while we were nowhere close to a nuclear holocaust as we were during the Cuban Missile Crisis, there was still a good chance it could happen.

If a nuclear missile were to be launched, most Americans would flee to their fallout shelters, where they would watch on their portable televisions the destruction of the world and hold their loved ones close as they counted down the last minutes to annihilation. So Ted Turner, the founder of CNN, wanted to have something for the last minute before destruction because in his words, “I keep this tape around because when the world ends it’ll be over before we can say what we wanted to say. Before we can leave any final messages.” (Source)

The video is only a minute long, and features the combined Armed Forces marching bands performing “Nearer My God to Thee”, which is the last song the band on the Titanic played right when the ship went down. The leaked video was filmed on somebody’s camera phone, so it isn’t good quality, but you still get the same effect from it. One last final word before it’s too late.

It’s an unsettling video to watch, but the most chilling part is the very end, when the musicians put their instruments down and the screen fades to black.


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