Despite my dislike of National Geographic's show, Doomsday Preppers, I watched it again tonight. It's irresistible, like a watching a car crash with guns. Tonight, I think I saw the craziest person featured thus far on the show. He was a former Marine who, not satisfied with modernity, decided to decamp to the Maine woods with his wife and three children. This guy's apocalyptic fear is that the world will become over-populated and the extra billions will come and take all his food. Here's just some samples of his freakiness. 1) Said preparedness was more important than saving for his children's college tuition. 2) Took kids out of school to "examine their skill set" in the woods. Made kid drink water squeezed out of moss. Giarda anyone? 3) The middle boy, who seems normal, isn't that happy with all his Dad's antics. The father said, not an exact quote, "He (The boy) is the one who has walked furthest from my path." Cue Helter Skelter! 4) Eschews guns for protection. Has trained his oldest son to wield tomahawks. 5) Pointed a toy gun at the back of his daughter's head while teaching her disarming techniques. An eight year old disarming a grown man? The odds are slim. 6) Wears homemade buckskin clothing. 7) Picks up roadkill and eats it. (In this case a groundhog.) 8) Uses bird sounds as an early warning system. 9) Has that faraway crazy look in his eyes. 10) And, finally, when his youngest son passed his "Rite of Passage" test (Building a waterproof shelter out of leaves) the father said, "You're no longer a little kid" and presented him with his umbilical cord which had been saved since his birth - wrapped in sage and some other grass! Jerky anyone? My wife said this guy was a blend of far right and far left. Like a paranoid hippie with paranoid delusions of grandeur. On the other hand, I liked how he did spend a lot of time with his children and, in a world where so many kids are neglected, I was prepared to cut the guy some slack. But when I saw the umbilical cord thing, it confirmed that the Dad was certifiable bat guano crazy. And did you catch the prepper in Salt Lake City? She said she had spent $30K on preps in the past couple of years! She preps four hours a day and her house looks like a Mountain House hoarder's heaven. I wasn't surprised when she said her prepping kept her from having any long term relationships. The entertainment value of this show is tremendous! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!