Ever wonder where "going to hell in a handbasket" came from? Well, I can't tell you, and neither can Wikipedia, really.
Wikipedia does offer a nice definition though:
"a situation headed for disaster without effort or in great haste."
(I celebrated by watching Poltergeist last night, and some of The Power, while trying to finish the next big deadline project on my list. Didn't help much, but next time I stumble across paranormalisms in the bedroom closet I won't mistake them for overwrought dust bunnies. And that's something, isn't it?)