The makers of a sarcastic modern card game have created doomsday "survival kits" in the event Donald Trump becomes president. The $25 (£17) duffle bags, which are packed with emergency supplies, reportedly sold out in less than a day.
The Donald Trump Bug-Out Bag – created by Cards Against Humanity – is a "pre-packed duffle bag containing over a dozen items, hand-picked to help you survive the collapse of civilisation after Donald Trump is elected president of the United States," according to the operation.
The duffle bag itself is "suitable for travel in a radioactive wasteland," the website for the kit said.
The kit includes quirky playing cards and post-apocalyptic necessities such as a compass, a space blanket, a hand-crank radio, a gas mask, and a copy of Plato's Republic — "so that you can contemplate the ultimate folly of democracy." There are food emergency rations "when supplies run low," and a flint-and-steel fire starter "to warm your cold terrified family."
The kit also includes an application to become a permanent resident of Mexico, along with a laminated card with handy Spanish phrases such as: "I am a refugee" as survivors inevitably head south.
According to the company, all 10,000 bags have sold out, though many Facebook commenters wondered if it was all a publicity stunt. "When Donald Trump is president you will perish in the wasteland," the website said. "Sorry."
"We were inspired to make this survival kit so that our families wouldn't immediately perish after Trump seizes control and the Republic crumbles," kit co-creator Max Temkin quipped to the Daily Dot.
He insisted the "original plan" to keep the costs down was to have Mexico pay for the bags, a not-so-thinly veiled dig at Trump's insistence that Mexico will pay for a wall to stop people from entering the US.
Cards Against Humanity is known for being a "party game for horrible people," which is as "despicable and awkward as you and your friends," according to its website. The game involves asking a question from a black card, and everyone else answers with their funniest white card.
To pass the time under a potential Trump presidency, kit-owners can turn to the special 25-card "Trump Pack" with "new jokes about frightening demagogue Donald Trump." One of the cards reads: "Donald Trump's first act as president was to outlaw ___." Potential answer cards include "trying to wake up from this nightmare."
There was no immediate word from the Trump campaign.
Presidential campaigns can be incredibly divisive in the US, but the level of concern about an apocalypse in the event of a Trump presidency is unusual. Opponents also often talk of quitting the country if Trump takes up residency in the White House. A small Canadian community in Nova Scotia recently offered fleeing Americans refuge.
"Hi Americans! Donald Trump may become the president of your country! If that happens, and you decide to get the hell out of there, might I suggest moving to Cape Breton Island!" urged an initial message on the community site.
But it later added that all Democrats, Republicans — and even Donald Trump — would be welcome.