Let’s suppose for a moment that you’ve become an Evil Genius.
You’re sitting in your Leather Chair in the Control Room of your Hollowed Out Volcano Lair, the deadline for the UN to deposit all the world’s money in your Cayman Islands Bank Account has long passeed, the Secret Agent sent to investigate your Nefarious Plans has been inexplicably delayed in Morocco by a baggage handler’s strike, and nothing stands between you and the enactment of your Evil Plan except the simple matter of pressing the shiny red “LAUNCH” button on your desk.
So, what’s the Doomsday Device on your Rocket?
Something which will cause every volcano on Earth to erupt simultaneously? Black out every TV, Radio, Computer, MP3 Player, and Stereo system on the planet? Maybe you’re going to block out the sun? Or maybe you’re going to you’re going to broadcast Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass’ Little Spanish Flea through every set of speakers on Earth, driving the entire planet completely insane?
Me? I’d like to arrange for the Monty Python Foot to randomly flatten Important Buildings throughout the globe, but realistically I’d probably go for something like shutting down the entire planet’s communication systems- no more internet, telephones, radio, TV, etc- at least, until the UN put all the world’s money into my offshore bank account. Once that happened, I’d reactivate the world’s communication systems, but seeing as no-one would have any money I would, of course, purchase them for nothing and then maintain my grip over the world’s TV, Radio, Internet, and Telecommunications, just in case anyone got any ideas in the future.
I’ll take my victory sandwich in the study, thanks.
So, what would your Doomsday Device be if you were an Evil Genius?