Jun 08

According to a recent study, forty percent of children are at risk of becoming zombies, which may result in what is being referred to as the “zombie generation.” These children are sleep-deprived, due partially to staying up late at night texting and talking on their mobile phones, making them more susceptible to becoming zombies.

The researchers fear that the economic downturn could exacerbate the problem — “[parents] build these big houses but the children grow up in emotional silos,” one researcher stated, concluding that it’s only a matter of time until they become brainless hordes in desperate search for human flesh.

(Photo via Ian Aberle on Flickr)

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May 13

The zombie plague has begun, but it hasn’t yet spread to humans. The infectious agent isn’t a virus — it’s a parasitic fly that attacks fire ants by laying eggs.

Ant-Decapitating Fly and Fire Ants

The zombification begins when the egg hatches and a maggot eats the fire ant’s brains. The ant later reanimates, walking around until its head falls off.

In a risky move, some Texas researchers are releasing this parasitic fly to combat fire ant infestation across the state. When will this parasite mutate and begin attacking humans? Could we already be in the process of mutation, with maggots already eating their way through the brains of unwitting Texans?

A zombie maggot plague? I guess this B-movie plot had to hatch in Texas.

(Photo via Alexander Wild on flickr)

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Feb 19

After Max Brooks‘ revelation of the first recorded zombie attack in ancient Hierakonpolis appeared in the Zombie Survival Guide, Archeology magazine published a piece detailing the Hierakonpolis zombie site and the menace of zombie infection to the archeological community.

The piece includes an interview with Max Brooks, plus a rundown of zombie fighting techniques likely to be useful to field archeologists, including maneuvers that incorporate common excavation tools like the trowel and shovel.

The article warns archeologists to heed the threat of zombies carefully when researching, concluding that precautions “may seem absurd, but you won’t think its funny when you are feasting on the corpses of your friends and fellow researchers, in fact, you won’t be thinking at all.” (Via Archeology)

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