Lanterns, tents, ammo cans and wool blankets are just some of the items in high demand. But topping that list are MREs, Meals Ready to Eat. Some customers have even purchased them by the pallet. “The military meal always is an easy way for people to eat and they’re self heating so they don’t require any outside heat source,” Schmidt said.
Apocalypse now, a blessing for shoppers
UO folklorist Daniel Wojcik studies beliefs about endings. He will be traveling to the Yucatán to be at the epicenter of the “apocalypse tourism” phenomenon expected for the predicted end of the Mayan calendar (and end of time) on December 21, 2012.