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Posted: August 08, 2017

Total solar eclipse will be 'end of life on this planet as we know it, ' Georgia sheriff says

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By Fiza Pirani, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. —

On Monday, Aug. 21, as millions of Americans within the path of the rare total solar eclipse tune in to the celestial spectacle, one Georgia sheriff warns onlookers to prepare for the end of the world.

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In a hilarious Facebook post shared Thursday, the Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office shared a special announcement from Sheriff Scott Berry likening the eclipse to “the end of life on this planet as we know it.”

Sheriff Scott Berry announces that on Monday, August 21, at about the time your kids are riding home from school on the...

Posted by Oconee County Georgia Sheriff's Office on Thursday, August 3, 2017

“As your Sheriff I expect each of you to begin panicking today. There is no need to wait til Sunday night to buy bread and milk,” Berry said. “If you wait, the only thing left will be potted meat and knock off brand cereal with such names as ‘RaisinO's’ and ‘CheeriBran.’”

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While Berry’s comments are hysterical (and mostly nonsensical), there’s a bit of truth in some of them.

No, the world isn’t expected to end and no, smoking and drinking while pregnant (during the eclipse or ever) won’t prevent swollen ankles or “grouchiness.”

But as Berry said in the post, your sunglasses will certainly not protect you during the eclipse.

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Instead, make sure you grab a pair of NASA-approved eclipse glasses or solar viewers to enjoy the magic safely.

This isn’t the first time the Oconee County Georgia Sheriff’s Office has posted witty comments on Facebook to make readers chuckle.

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In December 2015, Berry’s office heeded this piece of advice for coping with the sleety streets: 

“If you intend to drive the speed limit on ice covered roads, please go out and run your car into a tree now instead of waiting to do it AFTER it snows and my deputies have to stand in the ice to work your crash.”

Around the same time, Oconee’s Chief Deputy Lee Weems posted an important message to help folks understand what really constitutes “immediate” attention.


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