Modes of Petrov Day

Last up­dated Sept 16, 2019

Septem­ber 26 is Petrov Day.
In 1983, the story of hu­man­ity nearly ended. We’re gath­ered here to re­mem­ber that mo­ment, and oth­ers like it.
But to ex­pe­rience the mag­ni­tude of those events, we need to visit them in their proper con­text. Let us be­gin the story of hu­man his­tory...
Jim Bab­cock’s Petrov Day ceremony

Petrov Day on Easy Mode: Hang out. Share a meme.

Petrov Day on Nor­mal Mode: Have a quiet, dig­nified cer­e­mony.

Petrov Day on Hard­core Mode A: Dur­ing said cer­e­mony, un­veil a large red but­ton. If any­body presses the but­ton, the cer­e­mony is over. Go home. Do not speak.

Petrov Day on Hardest­core Mode: If any­one presses the but­ton, you may never cel­e­brate Petrov Day again.

Petrov Day on Mul­ti­player Hard[est]core Mode: As Hard[est]core Mode, ex­cept in­stead of an in­ert but­ton, you use a web­site con­nected to an­other house where peo­ple are also cel­e­brat­ing Petrov Day. If any­one in one house presses the but­ton, the other house re­ceives a launch alarm. They have 60 sec­onds to re­spond. At the end of 60 sec­onds, their party is over, and they must go home silently. The web­site has some chance of giv­ing you a false alarm.

Habryka made a web­site last year that al­lows houses to choose each other as nu­clear tar­gets, and then po­ten­tially launch mis­siles at each other. You can log in, cre­ate a “house” ac­count, and then com­mu­ni­cate with an­other house about the rules and con­di­tions of your Petrov Day cel­e­bra­tion.

(Note that the web­site is a bit janky, and that any­one who can guess the name of your house could po­ten­tially tar­get it with nu­clear mis­siles)