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27th Mar '16 2:31:13 AM TARINunit9
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The ''[[http://www.thebulletin.org/ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]]'' at the University of Chicago actually keep one as a prop... of DOOM! When it was originally introduced [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1947]] the clock symbolized how close the world was to nuclear war, with the metaphor supporting it being: talks have broken down, and once midnight hits, the attacks start. [[DespairEventHorizon And we are all DOOMED]]. Since [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Iron Curtain]], the original metaphor is (supposedly) obsolete, and it was expanded to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophic destruction]] of any sort, provided it's on a global scale. The ''Bulletin'''s website specifically mentions GlobalWarming and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering]] as possible causes of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]] in addition to nuclear war; however, given they can never go a year without also mentioning "global nuclear weapons modernizations" it's largely believed that the simple ''existence'' of nukes remains a big AuthorTract for the Bulletin.

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The ''[[http://www.thebulletin.org/ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]]'' at the University of Chicago actually keep one as a prop... of DOOM! When it was originally introduced [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1947]] the clock symbolized how close the world was to nuclear war, with the metaphor supporting it being: talks have broken down, and once midnight hits, the attacks start. [[DespairEventHorizon And we are all DOOMED]]. Since [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Iron Curtain]], the original metaphor is (supposedly) obsolete, and it was expanded to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophic destruction]] of any sort, provided it's on a global scale. The ''Bulletin'''s website specifically mentions GlobalWarming and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering]] as possible causes of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]] in addition to nuclear war; however, given they can never go a year without also mentioning "global nuclear weapons modernizations" it's largely believed most probable that the simple ''existence'' ''[[AsLongAsThereIsEvil existence]]'' of nukes remains a big AuthorTract for the Bulletin.
27th Mar '16 2:29:30 AM TARINunit9
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The ''[[http://www.thebulletin.org/ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]]'' at the University of Chicago actually keep one as a prop... of DOOM! When it was originally introduced [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1947]] the clock symbolized how close the world was to nuclear war, with the metaphor supporting it being: talks have broken down, and once midnight hits, the attacks start. [[DespairEventHorizon And we are all DOOMED]]. Since [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Iron Curtain]], the original metaphor is (mostly) obsolete, and it was expanded to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophic destruction]] of any sort, provided it's on a global scale. The ''Bulletin'''s website specifically mentions GlobalWarming and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering]] as possible causes of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]] in addition to nuclear war.

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The ''[[http://www.thebulletin.org/ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]]'' at the University of Chicago actually keep one as a prop... of DOOM! When it was originally introduced [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1947]] the clock symbolized how close the world was to nuclear war, with the metaphor supporting it being: talks have broken down, and once midnight hits, the attacks start. [[DespairEventHorizon And we are all DOOMED]]. Since [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Iron Curtain]], the original metaphor is (mostly) (supposedly) obsolete, and it was expanded to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophic destruction]] of any sort, provided it's on a global scale. The ''Bulletin'''s website specifically mentions GlobalWarming and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering]] as possible causes of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]] in addition to nuclear war.war; however, given they can never go a year without also mentioning "global nuclear weapons modernizations" it's largely believed that the simple ''existence'' of nukes remains a big AuthorTract for the Bulletin.
14th Mar '16 6:00:43 AM Dimensio
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* In ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', disaster strikes when the [[http://xkcd.com/1655/ doomsday clock is adjusted for Daylight Savings Time]].
3rd Mar '16 12:17:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''The Call Up'' by TheClash has the lyric "55 minutes past eleven''.
* Likewise, ''Turn Your Back'' by BillyTalent has the lyric "When the clock strikes twelve, tell me where ya gonna be?" at the beginning. The entire song makes reference to disasters occurring and hoping the world can change.

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* ''The Call Up'' by TheClash Music/TheClash has the lyric "55 minutes past eleven''.
* Likewise, ''Turn Your Back'' by BillyTalent Music/BillyTalent has the lyric "When the clock strikes twelve, tell me where ya gonna be?" at the beginning. The entire song makes reference to disasters occurring and hoping the world can change.



* "Particle Man" by TheyMightBeGiants doesn't mention doomsday, but it does say that Universe Man has a watch that seems to measure the age of the universe. ("Hes got a watch with a minute hand, a millennium hand, and an eon hand".)

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* "Particle Man" by TheyMightBeGiants Music/TheyMightBeGiants doesn't mention doomsday, but it does say that Universe Man has a watch that seems to measure the age of the universe. ("Hes got a watch with a minute hand, a millennium hand, and an eon hand".)



* While not an exact representation, RiseOfNations has an example clearly based on the Doomsday Clock. When a player researches nuclear weapons, a counter appears on his HUD. Every time ''any'' player uses a nuke, it goes down by 1. If it reaches zero, the game ends with everyone losing as the clock strikes midnight.

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* While not an exact representation, RiseOfNations ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'' has an example clearly based on the Doomsday Clock. When a player researches nuclear weapons, a counter appears on his HUD. Every time ''any'' player uses a nuke, it goes down by 1. If it reaches zero, the game ends with everyone losing as the clock strikes midnight.



* ''LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' features this as a central theme of the game, but plays with it: Regardless of what happens, Nova Chrysalia ''will'' be destroyed no matter what you do as the player. The clock signifies that you have thirteen [[spoiler:(or, if you play ''really'' well, fourteen)]] twenty-four hour days left in to ensure that said world and all of the people living on it are [[RestartTheWorld reborn]]. If you accomplish the tasks at hand, the world will renew itself.

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* ''LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' features this as a central theme of the game, but plays with it: Regardless of what happens, Nova Chrysalia ''will'' be destroyed no matter what you do as the player. The clock signifies that you have thirteen [[spoiler:(or, if you play ''really'' well, fourteen)]] twenty-four hour days left in to ensure that said world and all of the people living on it are [[RestartTheWorld reborn]]. If you accomplish the tasks at hand, the world will renew itself.
20th Feb '16 2:27:54 AM Doug86
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* In KimStanleyRobinson's ''[[ThreeCaliforniasTrilogy The Gold Coast]]'', where it's about 2050 AD and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar is still going on, one character mentions that the Doomsday Clock has been set at three seconds to midnight for several decades.

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* In KimStanleyRobinson's Creator/KimStanleyRobinson's ''[[ThreeCaliforniasTrilogy The Gold Coast]]'', where it's about 2050 AD and the UsefulNotes/ColdWar is still going on, one character mentions that the Doomsday Clock has been set at three seconds to midnight for several decades.



* One episode of ''AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' featured a DoomsdayClock built by an evil sorcerer, which would actually destroy the world if it ever struck twelve - unless, of course, it was destroyed first.

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* One episode of ''AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' featured a DoomsdayClock built by an evil sorcerer, which would actually destroy the world if it ever struck twelve - unless, of course, it was destroyed first.
7th Jan '16 4:55:03 PM ultimomant
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* In Creator/PiersAnthony's novel ''[[IncarnationsOfImmortality Wielding a Red Sword]]'', the Incarnation of War can use the DoomsdayClock to bring about WorldWarIII.

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* In Creator/PiersAnthony's novel ''[[IncarnationsOfImmortality ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality Wielding a Red Sword]]'', the Incarnation of War can use the DoomsdayClock to bring about WorldWarIII.
20th Oct '15 11:29:20 AM bomberman121890
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The ''[[http://www.thebulletin.org/ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]]'' at the University of Chicago actually keep one as a prop... of DOOM! When it was originally introduced [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1947]] the clock symbolized how close the world was to nuclear war, with the metaphor supporting it being: talks have broken down, and once midnight hits, the attacks start. [[DespairEventHorizon And we are all DOOMED]]. Since [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Iron Curtain]], the original metaphor is (mostly) obsolete, and it was expanded to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophic destruction]] of any sort, provided it's on a global scale. The ''Bulletin'''s website specifically mentions GlobalWarming and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering]] as possible causes of DOOM in addition to nuclear war.

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The ''[[http://www.thebulletin.org/ Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists]]'' at the University of Chicago actually keep one as a prop... of DOOM! When it was originally introduced [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar in 1947]] the clock symbolized how close the world was to nuclear war, with the metaphor supporting it being: talks have broken down, and once midnight hits, the attacks start. [[DespairEventHorizon And we are all DOOMED]]. Since [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the fall of the Iron Curtain]], the original metaphor is (mostly) obsolete, and it was expanded to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt catastrophic destruction]] of any sort, provided it's on a global scale. The ''Bulletin'''s website specifically mentions GlobalWarming and [[GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke bioengineering]] as possible causes of DOOM [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]] in addition to nuclear war.
11th Oct '15 5:10:32 PM nombretomado
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* In PiersAnthony's novel ''[[IncarnationsOfImmortality Wielding a Red Sword]]'', the Incarnation of War can use the DoomsdayClock to bring about WorldWarIII.

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* In PiersAnthony's Creator/PiersAnthony's novel ''[[IncarnationsOfImmortality Wielding a Red Sword]]'', the Incarnation of War can use the DoomsdayClock to bring about WorldWarIII.
30th Jul '15 10:57:55 PM kingofkatamari
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* MusicLinkinPark's album ''Minutes to Midnight''. The music video for ''Shadow of the Day'' from the same album also makes reference to the clock with 11:55 appearing at the beginning.

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* MusicLinkinPark's Music/LinkinPark's album ''Minutes to Midnight''. The music video for ''Shadow of the Day'' from the same album also makes reference to the clock with 11:55 appearing at the beginning. The video runs slightly over four minutes, ending with mere ''seconds'' to midnight.
10th Jul '15 5:10:06 PM nombretomado
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* ''4 Minutes (To Save the World)'' by {{Madonna}}.

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* ''4 Minutes (To Save the World)'' by {{Madonna}}.{{Music/Madonna}}.
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