Maybe it’s because I just came back from watching World War Z and doomsday scenarios are on my mind, but these official instructions from Wikipedia on how to preserve its contents in case of a “non-localized event that would render the continuation of Wikipedia in its current form untenable” is freaky!

It’s called their Terminal Event Management Policy and it goes into some detail about the different ways editors can immediately save the encyclopedia’s contents in case of emergency. Things like saving to non-electronic data, keeping printed copies of select articles in sealed plastic bins, and even instructions on how to make a laser-etched copy of Wikipedia in its entirety.

And if the world ends, you can at least rest peacefully knowing that Wikipedia has secured options to beam the encyclopedia to select radio telescopes. This article is detailed and very serious about preservation!