Gerry Canavan

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How Panic-Proof Are You?

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During the 1950s, government officials were very concerned that, in the event of an atomic attack, law and order would break down irrevocably as the nation dissolved into widespread panic and hysteria. In its publicity campaigns the Federal Civil Defense Administration wanted to frighten people sufficiently to encourage them to take part in drills, but not to incapacitate them with fear. The following government-sponsored quiz appeared in the August 21, 1953 issue of Collier’s magazine as a supplement to an article about human behavior during nuclear attack. It was intended to help readers from becoming “victims of panic.” (via Boing Boing and Linkfilter)

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August 30, 2005 at 8:31 pm

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