Zombies aren’t real.
Well at least not yet they aren’t. But they are HOT now with AMC’s “The Walking Dead” grabbing record ratings and several zombie-themed movies are on the horizon, including the Brad Pitt actioner “World War Z.”. And Discovery Channel’s new special “Zombie Apocalypse,” which premiered night knows it and went for the jugular to help us all take steps to prepare for the eventual zombie onslaught.
After a the spate of zombie like cannibal attacks early this summer, which started with a man chewing another man’s face off on the MacArthur Causeway in Miami. where a designer drug known as bath salts was believed to be a factor in the attack, was eventually ruled out by the medical examiner and the ultimate cause of the attack. Actually has many people worried. Enough that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an official statement denying the existence of any virus or condition that would reanimate the dead or cause zombie-like symptoms. Even the Department of Homeland Security issued a tongue-in-cheek alert urging people to prepare for the zombie apocalypse (actually, it was to encourage preparedness for any disaster). And on Halloween, a counterterrorism summit in San Diego, attended by hundreds of Marines, Navy special ops personnel, soldiers, police and firefighters ran a zombie disaster drill titled Zombie Apocalypse.
The hour-long program interviews scientist, academics and preppers themselves who not only agree that a Zombie pandemic is feasible and not a question of “if it will happen” but actually one of “when it will happen”
Dr. Steven Scholzman, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School published the novel “The Zombie Autopsies,” chronicling in graphic detail the causes and effects of a fictional zombie virus on the human body, has spent many hours playing intellectual exercises with himself and friends in the scientific community, speculating on how a zombie virus would actually work. The most plausible scenario, according to Scholzman, is a mutated flu virus creating the symptoms we traditionally ascribe to zombies.
“Something is coming down the road,” says Shawn Beatty, a Missouri high school teacher and zombie prepper who appears in the special, stockpiling supplies and weapons. “I don’t think the Earth is supposed to have 12 billion people on it. Preparing for the zombie apocalypse is really preparing for almost everything. Earthquake. Flood. Zombie apocalypse.”
“It’s something that, at least in terms of spread, is very likely,” says Robert Smith of the mathematics department at the University of Ottawa. “We have a lot of human contact. This means that a disease that works through just direct human contact can actually spread remarkably efficiently.”
Discovery Channel’s “Zombie Apocalypse” will re-air on 12.21.2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Check it out. If we are still around that is.