The United States Armed Forces has various states of readiness, the defense readiness condition (DEFCON) ranges from 5 (lowest state of readiness) to 1 (nuclear war is imminent).  The highest state of readiness to date was during the Cuban Missile crisis, DEFCON 2 (Armed Forces ready to deploy and engage in less than 6 hours).

My own DEFCON levels are different. In ascending order of stress:

  • Unnecessary small purchase, probably yarn
  • Tea with sugar in
  • Seriously contemplating a new piercing
  • Not singing in the car
  • All-out freakout

Last time I hit my personal DEFCON 3 I got the contemplated piercings and changed job inside a month. My tea currently has sugar in it.

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