Is the Zombie Apocalypse Real? Don't Freak Out, But ...

zombiesAre zombies real? Don't roll your eyes at me -- you know at least some tiny part of you can't help but wonder whether all the flesh-eating crimes of late point to the possibility of a real live (real dead?) zombie apocalypse.

Well, I can't say for certain whether or not the zombie apocalypse is upon us (interesting update on the "Miami cannibal" Eugene Rudolph: Apparently no flesh was found in his stomach during the autopsy, so he didn't actually eat his victim's face, he just chewed it off).

Anyway, setting aside the apocalypse part for a moment: Do zombies even exist?

Um ... probably. Yeah. Here's the (sort of) proof:

1. Neurotoxic "zombie powder." Dude, you know how in Haiti zombies were always the stuff of legend? Well, in the 1980s, Harvard ethnobotanist Wade Davis (from Harvard, did you catch that?) said he discovered a powder containing a neurotoxin which could be used to poison victims into a zombie-like state -- zombie powder! (To create armies of drone-like sugarcane plantation workers, of course.) Dude, he was from Harvard. It's gotta be true.

2. "Walking Dead" in Medieval Ireland. So, researchers recently dug up two early medieval skeletons in Ireland with big, giant stones wedged into their mouths -- "evidence, archaeologists say, that it was feared the individuals would rise from their graves like zombies." Because apparently in Ireland at that time, there was a prevailing belief in "revenants" or the "walking dead," an unsavory rep usually slapped on creepy outsider types.

3. Zombie fungus. Okay, this is a sort of long and involved scientific theory, but basically? The same fungal networks that sustain most forests could, theoretically, take over infected corpses (after death) and make them an active, meat-eating part of the ecosystem.

4. Zombie parasites. Guess what? You might ALREADY be carrying toxoplasmosa, the parasite that can turn rats into zombie-like creatures programmed to deliver themselves straight to waiting predators (and yes, the same parasite you can catch from a cat's litter box). Obviously, so far people haven't developed quite the same condition, but there have been reports of "personality change" and "insanity." Could get much, much worse ...

Phew! Freaky stuff, huh? Told you it was possible ...

Do you think real zombies exist?


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Doomy234 Doomy234

I do believe in zombies. And I do feel there will be a zombie epidemic within the next 20 years. However, I believe that a zombie can be more than just "the walking dead", but more likely will be a virus that infects a human being, causing him/her to go into a trance like primal state where their only desire is to feed, and the craving is for meat of any sort, including humans of course.

This virus will also be contagious through transfer of bodily fluids, kinda like rabies. So being bitten would infect a healthy person.

Lol. Sorry I have thought about this my entire life.

jessi... jessicasmom1

well I am seeing more and more of it .. 

jkm89 jkm89

I hope not. I told my husband to shoot me if it ever happens because I would be useless, dead weight!

Cheyenne Bythewood

They will. Biochem....someone will make a rage virus(If they haven't already...maybe a bit of it is in these bath salts? It's just no spreadable yet?)...just like in 28days later(and 28weeks later) that causes people to just kill each other with their bare hands(mouths, whatever) and it will be spread by bodily fluids!

Redwall Redwall

Nope, don't believe it.

Erika NW Goodall

Just about anyone who has a cat or has spent a lot of time with one probably already has toxoplamosa. Thankfully, it is only usually detremental to those with week immune systems, like the elderly, or AIDS patients.

nonmember avatar Mike

I think it could be very well possible how it will be introduced i have no idea but if it would happen i would be scared outta my mind

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