Judgment Day, May 21, 2011: Choose your own apocalypse.

How it will happen.
May 20 2011 1:27 PM

Choose Your Own Apocalypse

Make your pick from 144 different scenarios.

Click to launch a interactive on the end of America.


Get your stash of bottled water: According to the followers of radio preacher Harold Camping,  Judgment Day is coming  tomorrow. Camping et al. believe that 200 million people will be "raptured" on May 21, whereas the rest of humankind—and the world—will be destroyed. While Camping has his partisans, there's no reason to put all of our eggs in one apocalyptic basket. As part of Josh Levin's 2009 "End of America" series, Slatereaders picked from 144 possible scenarios—loose nukes, alien species, a new ice age, and many, many more—in the "Choose Your Own Apocalypse" game.

To make your apocalypse picks, click the launch module above. You'll be able to scroll through a list of theories, then select up to five that you find most persuasive. (If you'd prefer, you can also  read all 144 scenarios on a single page.) As you're making your picks, you'll get real-time updates on the apocalypse you've chosen—our Apocalypse Matrix reveals if your end times will be bloodless or violent, and whether you blame man or nature.  You can also compare your choices with those of the average Slate reader. And once you're done, you can check out  the most-popular scenarios from 2009.

Josh Levin is Slate's executive editor.

TODAY IN SLATE

Culturebox

The End of Pregnancy

And the inevitable rise of the artificial womb.

Doctor Tests Positive for Ebola in New York City

How a Company You’ve Never Heard of Took Control of the Entire Porn Industry

The Hot New Strategy for Desperate Democrats

Blame China for everything.

The Questions That Michael Brown’s Autopsies Can’t Answer

Foreigners

Kiev Used to Be an Easygoing Place

Now it’s descending into madness.

Technology

Don’t Just Sit There

How to be more productive during your commute.

There Has Never Been a Comic Book Character Like John Constantine

Which Came First, the Word Chicken or the Word Egg?

  News & Politics
The World
Oct. 23 2014 1:51 PM Is This the ISIS Backlash We've Been Waiting For?
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 23 2014 5:53 PM Amazon Investors Suddenly Bearish on Losing Money
  Life
Outward
Oct. 23 2014 5:08 PM Why Is an Obscure 1968 Documentary in the Opening Credits of Transparent?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 6:55 PM A Goodfellas Actor Sued The Simpsons for Stealing His Likeness. Does He Have a Case?
  Technology
Technology
Oct. 23 2014 11:45 AM The United States of Reddit  How social media is redrawing our borders. 
  Health & Science
Science
Oct. 23 2014 5:42 PM Seriously, Evolution: WTF? Why I love the most awkward, absurd, hacked-together species.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.