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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

In villages (70 years before, with no electricity, no petrol, no machines) men went to fields (with bulls and plough) before sunrise and worked till noon. In the afternoon, men gathered in a common ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

the regular chores of cleaning, cooking, washing and farming, If you have experience of performing those tasks with little to no automation, you know that they leave practically no time to get bored. ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

Given experience with just how difficult it is to keep submarine crews functional I'll argue that if you do this with a random cross-draw of the population that your bunker inhabitants are, in fact, ...
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What is a reasonable timeframe to build a funeral pyre with a hundred corpses, with five apocalypse survivors

Frame Challenge If the bodies have been inside for two weeks before being moved, they will not want to live in that building unless they're prepared to do extensive renovations. I have twice been ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

Billiards. The Complete Travel Books, Anecdotes & Memoirs of Mark Twain. Your people have moved the pews in their cathedral and that space is full of pool tables. They are a motley assortment of ...
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What is a reasonable timeframe to build a funeral pyre with a hundred corpses, with five apocalypse survivors

You don't tell us how big the building is, but let's makes some assumptions. 100 bodies, average family size in the U.S. of 2.6 people. That's 38.46 households. Let's call it 40 (couple of single ...
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What is a reasonable timeframe to build a funeral pyre with a hundred corpses, with five apocalypse survivors

About a day (8-12 hours) The rate limiting step here is moving and stacking the bodies, if four of the people do this, then the other one can collect the wood and gasoline needed, as well as build the ...
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How effectively recover enriched uranium from nuclear impact site?

TL;DR: hardly anyone used pure uranium devices in history, especially by the time civilian nuclear reactors existed airbursts leave you no recoverable uranium only very specific weapon designs are ...
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How effectively recover enriched uranium from nuclear impact site?

The temperature of a nuclear explosion is high enough to vaporise the core and scatter the dust over a wide area. You would be better off by restarting old mines that were abandoned (or never opened) ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

You have described it as similar to a cult, so take a look at other religious enclaves. Abbeys have a large homogenous population who spend most of their time in mundane tasks like gardening & ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

Music I believe music is the only thing that can keep people sane in a long period in an enclosed space. They would make their own music whether through playing or singing. I assume they would have ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

The most obvious thing that you've left out of your description is also one of the most necessary: Books. Lacking electricity and the internet, reading is one of the most important ways of not going ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

It's not that different from a medieval village. If there is enough space to grow food for 150 people it's far from claustrophobic. If people have to do everything manually they'll be quite busy. They'...
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How doomed are you if you are shot in the post apocalypse?

About as dead as people where in 1400 or 1600 when they were shot. You know, those dark ages, when life was supposedly nasty, brutish, and short? The casualty would benefit from knowledge, like the ...
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How effectively recover enriched uranium from nuclear impact site?

Go to other cities inoperable power plants. Spent fuel rods and Waste materials stored in cooling ponds. Most nuclear power plants, if I recall correctly, store spent materials on site in cooling ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

Some answers you'll come across seem to think that before automation of chores and daily tasks, there was little to no leisure time. I'm no Luddite, but that's very far from true. It flies in the face ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

Cultural pursuits The inhabitants could pass the time and entertain each other by creating literature, art, music or stage plays. Most of those require very little resources except human creativity. ...
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What is a reasonable timeframe to build a funeral pyre with a hundred corpses, with five apocalypse survivors

You could do it in a day or two if you're not moving them far I would think. The concentration camp Nazi guards were made to move hundreds so moving the bodies is unpleasant but doable. Find a big ...
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What is a reasonable timeframe to build a funeral pyre with a hundred corpses, with five apocalypse survivors

I disagree that a day is reasonable unless your humans are mechanical automatons. If they are human, there are only five of them, then they have both physical and psychological obstacles to pulling ...
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Corrosive oceans and seas - how would this affect our world?

Corrosive Atmosphere I'm adding this despite the question having an accepted answer as this would be an important addendum. You can't have just one but not the other. If the oceans are massively ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

Digging more bunkers The way I think of a cathedral, the survivors are not hermetically sealed away. Nor is a mishap out of the question, ranging from earthquake to jilted lover. They can and should ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

Thinking. Going with Aristotle here, the contemplative life will become the ideal means of passing (free) time opposed to the active life they need to live to put food on the table. They will need ...
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