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.