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ExitMundi.nl
Type of site
Collection of End-of-World Scenarios
Available in English
Owner Maarten Keulemans
Website ExitMundi.nl
Alexa rank Negative increase 4,087,605 (April 2014)[1]
Registration Optional (required for forum)
Launched 2001
Current status Not Active

ExitMundi.nl is a website with a collection of end of the world articles. The writing mixes scientific analyses and theories of apocalyptic scenarios with dark humour relating to the end of times.[2] Theories presented cover a range of possible sources of human demise.[3] The site is based in the Netherlands.[4] Disease, nuclear war, asteroids, even fictional scenarios like zombies are laid out in detailed and thoroughly researched descriptions.[4][5]

In May 2008, a rewritten selection of 50 end-of-world scenarios was published as a book in the Netherlands: Exit Mundi, het einde van de wereld. De beste 50 scenario's. Translations are in the works. The German edition was published in June 2010 by dtv.

In February 2011, the German artist Bela B recorded the double cd Exit Mundi, with ten scenarios from the German translation of Exit Mundi. At the release of the cd, Bela B. did a 15 location-tour with the Exit Mundi cd through Germany, Switzerland and Austria, reading the texts from Exit Mundi on stage and even singing texts from the book to the tune of R.E.M.'s hit single It's The End Of The World As We Know It.

Early history[edit]

Maarten Keulemans launched the website in 2001 strictly for fun. In several interviews, he points out that the main reason for launching the site was that as a professional science journalist, he came across many apocalyptic scenarios, ranging from well-known disasters like black holes and supervolcanoes to less well-known events like the big crunch or mass suicide.

As time passed, Keulemans kept on collecting more and more scenarios, aided by a growing amount of devoted Exit Mundi fans. His mix of sardonic humor and scientific correctness gave the website cult status. The website got many good reviews on- and offline, in magazines as diverse as New Scientist, Playboy and several Dutch leading newspapers.

Meanwhile, Keulemans, who always insisted on keeping the website low profile and not for profit, ended up in many radio shows, written interviews and on TV. 'I sort of became Mister Apocalypse', he muses in the introduction to Exit Mundi the book.

Books and projects[edit]

In May 2008, a rewritten selection of 50 end-of-world scenarios was published as a book by AW Bruna in the Netherlands: Exit Mundi, het einde van de wereld. De beste 50 scenario's. The book takes the formula of the website to the extremes: the scenarios are more carefully researched, and written with even more puns than the website. In The Netherlands, the book was quite successful, ending up in the non-fiction bestseller lists of 2008, selling out two editions and receiving a lot of praise in the press.

Meanwhile, Keulemans himself went on tour, talking about the end of the world in his own words, aided only by a powerpoint and a few simple gimmicks. The tour took him to most Dutch universities, several art festivals and other small venues.

At the '3 Oktober' festival in Leiden 2009, a group of artists adapted Exit Mundi into a show of scary tableaux vivants.

In June 2010, publisher dtv released the German edition of Exit Mundi, the book. The book got some good reviews, and even made it to the non-fiction bestseller charts of Der Spiegel. But more was to come, as German singer/artist Bela B took notice of the book. Bela decided to do an Exit Mundi audio book in German, which was released in early 2011 by Random House.

It turned Exit Mundi into a big success in Germany, especially when Bela B started touring Germany, Switzerland and Austria, reading and even singing from the book on stage.

"I was amazed", Keulemans recalled in a radio interview. "Suddenly, there was this nice, crazy German guy I had never heard of myself, reading Exit Mundi in front of all these sold-out theatres. Bela turned out to be the perfect guy to come up with the black humour gothic-punk-science-crossover style Exit Mundi always intended to be."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Exitmundi.nl Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ Blamer, Craig (2006-11-16). "Exit Mundi". Chico News & Review. Retrieved 2008-02-08. Has the constant threat of heightened security warnings, bird flu, global warming or dirty bombs lost the ability to keep you unblinkingly awake until the disquieting calm of dawn’s early light? How about a side trip to the darkened corners of the Internet cafe for a virtual smorgasbord of we’re all gonna die!? This Dutch Web site takes an almost demented glee in the various infinitely disturbing ways in which this fragile orb on which we reside could become barren, waterlogged, cracked or just flat-out cosmic debris. Along the way we meet bad dates with black holes; mass sterility; comet, meteor or asteroid strikes; hothouse effects; nano-carnivores, and even a zombiegeddon. Aim for the head! But wait, there’s more! With a lively, tongue-in-cheek patter that annotates each calamity with links to more source material and conveniently categorized by type of cataclysm, the site offers hours upon end on the end of all we hold so dear, and dearly love to abuse. 
  3. ^ Casimir, Jon (2002-11-29). "Prophets of Doom.". Melbourne: The Age. Retrieved 2008-02-08. Exit Mundi has a similar intent, examining the various ways the word "human" could become past tense, from the very big bang (large object crashes into Earth) to the very little bang (mankind suffers slow anticlimax of sperm death). It's a fascinating and often funny site but, again, it's short on the sort of information you can set your watch by. Let's be realistic - the "why" of the end of the world is less important than the "when". 
  4. ^ a b "Monk-E-Mail, Armageddon & More.". Falls Church News-Press. February 16, 2006. Retrieved 2008-04-15. Exit Mundi, literally meaning Exit World, is a somewhat morbid, yet highly entertaining site based in the Netherlands dedicated to possible apocalyptic end-of-days events. With close to 50 different scenarios, the countdown to Armageddon site goes so far as to categorize the events, including ones that might occur “Any Day Now,” in the “Near Future,” or in the “Distant Future.” 
  5. ^ Martinez, Al (2005-10-10). "From prime time to our own times, it's a scary world.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-04-15. It is called "Exit Mundi" and offers a list of extinction-level events that can blink us out of existence even before Bush or Bin Laden get around to doing the job. It goes on to mention Earth tilt, moon smash, sun shift, air poison, temperature reversal, cosmic mastication, quantum energy blasts, simultaneous volcanic eruptions, global flooding, rampant insanity (we may already be in the first stages), killer storms and all sorts of sneaky little diseases that could almost instantaneously eat us from the inside out. This is not a happy website. 

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