In Cracked.com’s, “five scientific reasons the zombie apocalypse could actually happen,” by TE Sloth and David Wong. They list and cover some legitimate reasons it is actually quite possible and not the typical ‘ho hum’ “that could never happen” type of scenario to support their hypothesis.
Zombies a reality, really? People have debated whether or not it is a conceivable theory for decades. As years pass our technology continues to advance at a rapid pace only gaining momentum. What will happen to us once we reach limits too high for our own good? Who’s to say in some underground top secret government sanctioned facility we’re not already at that point? We as the general public wouldn’t know until its too late. Don’t let your brain be zombie candy, be prepared!
Parasites that take control of their victims are, surprise, fairly common. Consider the parasite toxoplasmosa gondii, half of earths human population is already infected with this parasite(not a comforting or pleasant thought especially for whats coming up (). toxoplasmosa gondii seems to be particularly horrible, it is devoted to taking the “be fruitful and multiply” to new extremes, well for itself anyways… not so much the host. See the pest infects pests like birds and rats, however the only place the parasite can breed is inside the cats intestines. So the bug takes over there hosts brain and forces them to find cats and get eaten.
What does this have to do with us becoming zombies? I’m glad you asked. Remember how one in two of us are infected already, well what happens when it evolves? After all humans and rats aren’t too different genetically, that’s why there subjected to testing products designed for us. Maybe toxoplasmosa would fancy large cats like bobcats, mountain lions etc. better. Hey the bird and swine flu have evolved, they said people can become crazed if they consume the ‘mad cow’ diseased meat, and all life forms must adapt and overcome or face extinction across the board, bacteria or point and case dodo birds(mans doing but…).
In rats and other subjects, studies show that all infected have a change in personality and are more likely to go completely and utterly insane. Picture it now, half the world, lunch meat, only after the big cats and such are done with your old friends now they’re even hungrier cause they have been having an ample supply of food lately, now you just have one more threat in life to worry about, ever see ‘the ghost and the darkness’?
Don’t forget about the many biological weapons programs throughout the world, each vying for the upper hand when they may need to pull there trump card, all intentionally weaponizing critters just like this, besides it’d be better to have a nation of willing and controllable followers that will do your bidding and anticipate your every whim (Brittney Spears and Brad Pitt at your fingertips) than a wasteland, unoccupiable and filled with death and destruction.
You may argue, these people have never actually died therefore they don’t fit the true to life (no pun intended) definition of a “zombie”, I guarantee that will be the last thing on your mind if they are traveling in groves and ordered to retrieve all who are not one.
How about neurotoxins, naturally occurring and another form of bio weapon. There are certain types that slow your bodies functions to the point you will be resting against deaths door and pass for dead, for most doctors. One example of this poison comes from Japanese blowfish (fugu).
Individuals can be easily ‘revived’ with the proper administration of alkaloids(chemicals) or drugs like datura stramonium. Under these conditions the victims remain in a trance state without memory and perform necessary daily tasks I.E. eating, sleeping and the general appearance of your typical zombie and basic additional tasks.
This originated in Haiti, as did the word “zombie”. Dr. Wade Davis wrote books on it such as, passage of darkness and the serpent and the rainbow, based on his science.
The true (and much abridged) story of Clairvius Narcisse. A Haitian guy who in 1962 was pronounced dead by two doctors and buried.
18 years later they found him wandering around the village. Local voodoo priests had been using naturally occurring chemicals to zombify people and put them to work on the sugar plantations (whooo hoo free labor!). Next time you’re pouring a packet of sugar into your coffee, remember that it was probably created with pride by a zombie in an area with less than stringent labor laws or at least enforcement of them
So again, if ones desire is to rule a country versus destroying it, this is the way to go. However the functions are going to be limited and they in past haven’t been aggressive, now if properly induced with, say a high dosage of testosterone, that may cause them to exhibit more aggression.
In 28 days later (movie). A virus turns human beings into mindless killers. In reality, we have a series of brain disorders that do the same thing which is most likely where the plot originated. However, they had never been contagious, until Mad Cow Disease came along. It works by attacking the cow’s spinal cord and brain, turning it into a stumbling, incoherent attack cow. And, when humans consume the meat … When humans get mad cow, they call it Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Check out the symptoms:
• Walk changes
• Lack of coordination (for example, loose balance and falling)
• Muscle spasms
• Myoclonic jerks or seizures
• Rapidly developing delirium or dementia
Whether it’s a rare disease or not who knows what others symptoms may develop down the road or if the individual/s continue to be subjected to its consumption. If our serotonin chemical (happy juice) is being blocked or destroyed it will be go time, and I’m not talking GO STEALERS! I’m talking no temper and fueled with rage, and if this disease or virus can be spread through saliva-blood or blood-blood, it’ll put a new twist on watching your hind quarters, especially if someone like Usain Bolt (gold medal winner for running), gets infected!
Stem cell research for all and to all we can grow life! Basically stem cells can be used to re-generate dead cells. Now science CAN save you from everything, practically “be gone death, scientologist at work!” and Walt Disney should be making his great reappearance wait for it, wait, who’s to say he hasn’t?
Couple that with the ability to keep a dead body in a state of suspended animation like cryogenic freezing so that it can be brought back to life later, and soon we’ll be able to bring back the dead, here we come Christopher Reeves!
Pretty cool in theory, here’s the thing. This lab dedicated to “reanimation research” spells out the problem in “reanimating” a person. It causes the brain to die off from the outside in. The outside being the cortex, that what makes us all individuals, good news is afterwards you won’t care and you’ll still have your instincts and basic functions left
Which explains how chickens are able to live without there head, one lived 18 months without one!
With these methods combined with a brain dead patient say your family member you just pulled the plug on cause they’ve been in a coma 3 years, they may end up re-growing the brain stem, and you now have a mindless body shambling around, no thoughts and no personality, nothing but a cloud of rudimentary instincts and impulses that fits right in with the majority of the current and has been for a while members of our countries leaders and politicians.
Since under every legal system in the world, all rights and responsibilities are terminated at death, but not obligations (see what happens when one of your family dies). All it takes is someone with resources and a need for a mindless workforce that will obey without question and viola I present the more humane form of, slave labor.
If any body is trying to perfect this my money would be on USA and North Korea, think about it, America’s the leading world super power. But for how long, and what cost? We can do cloning on all sorts or species, zombies seem like they would even be easier since you don’t have to create or copy life, just re-light its lamp that doesn’t really want to go out in the first place.
So as not to terrify you of the future, I should not go into the Nanobot aspect, about how they’re microscopic, self-replicating robots that can invisibly build or destroy you got it, anything. Copious amounts’ of money are being dumped into nanotechnology. “Sure, at some level scientists know Nanobots will destroy mankind. They just can’t resist seeing how it happens.”
Scientists have created nano-cyborg’s, by fusing a tiny silicone chips to viruses. The first thing they found out is these cyborgs can still operate for up to a month after the death of the host. Note how nano scientists went directly for zombification, even at this somewhat ‘beginning’ phase. We all know where the horror is.
According to studies, scientists have been working on this type of work since the mid-sixties. I’m sure by now they have nanobots that can do all sorts of good, they have “almost” used them in oil spills and other disasters but didn’t want them to keep destroying carbon based elements (us). With that I’m sure they’re capable of crawling inside your brain to set up neural connections to replace damaged ones. Wait, wouldn’t that mean the nanobots will be able to rewire your thoughts? Sounds flawless to me!
So with that those nanobots can be programmed to keep functioning after you die. Say, form their own neural pathways, meaning they can use your brain to keep operating your body after you’ve passed and, presumably, right up until you rot to pieces in mid-stride unless the nanobots are set to repair as well, then your body might end up looking like something from terminator or Robocop, but what do I know, im just your average college going Joe. Could this stuff happen in real life, has it before? If it has, we’re not a high enough classification level to know. They wouldn’t want to cause mass hysteria or rioting, I believe those are just some events that would take place. that is, only if the public were to have indisputable proof like a zombie apocalypse!