Welcomed Zombie Apocalypse

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Many people across the world have become obsessed over the years with the zombie apocalypse since the release of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968.

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Archaeologist of the Undead, Max Brooks explains there are many myths about the undead and that there are just as many different definitions for the word “zombie.”

“From a West African Snake God to a West Indian victim of voodoo,” explains Brooks. “We are really talking about a reanimated human corpse that seeks to devour the flesh of living human beings.”

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Journalist, Amy Wilentz, writes in The New York Times that the zombie is a “New World phenomenon.” Believing that “zombies” originated from old African religious beliefs and the pain of slavery.

In the 17th and 18th centuries, life was brutal according to Wilentz. The only option slaves had to escape was death or lan guinée (freedom). The zombie was said to have been a dead person who could not get across to lan guinée.

Dr. Steven Sclozman, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, said for a human to become a zombie, they would have to have dysfunction in both the frontal lobe and cerebellum.

“For a zombie outbreak to reach a pandemic level, it needs a contagion,” said Dr. Sclozman.

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A contagion is the communication of a disease from one person to another by close contact.

The zombie apocalypse outbreak has moved from the big screen into reality. In 2012, Security firm HALO Corp. had 1,000 military personnel, police officials, medical experts and federal workers in training for a possible virus outbreak.

If HALO Corp action isn’t enough to make you feel safe from the hordes of the undead, in Warsaw, Poland, there is a safe house designed by KWK Promes, which is said to be the first zombie-proof house. The 6,092 square foot house was designed in 2004 and 2005 and with years of construction, it was completed in 2009.

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It was designed with moveable walls and walls capable of closing themselves at night. These features allow the house to resemble a giant gray block at night, leaving no indications that people are inside.

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The welcoming of the zombie apocalypse has started establishing and solidifying its online presence. The Huffington Post has designated an entire section solely for the zombie apocalypse and zombie lovers alike.

The Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention has also jumped on the zombie bandwagon. There is now an Emergency Preparedness and Response section on the CDC website gearing toward the zombie apocalypse. The CDC has even published a graphic novel “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic.”

The zombie-themed novella is a new way of teaching readers the importance of being prepared for emergencies, even zombie attacks.

By Brandon Brown

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Remembering Roger Ebert

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TALLAHASSEE, FL – Iconic and most famous film critic Roger Ebert died at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago on Thursday at the age of 70. He suffered from a long battle with cancer.

The Chicago Sun-Times announced the death of Ebert, where he worked as a film critic for MORE THAN 40 years.

He was also best known for being A PART of the famous film critic team along with co-host, Gene Siskel for the review show “Siskel and Ebert At The Movies.”

In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for his criticism.

“We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” said Ebert’s wife, Chaz Ebert, in a CNN.com article. “No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”

Ebert struggled with cancer and refused to surrender to it. He had several operations on his salivary glands, his thyroid and chin in 2006. He had lost the ability to speak and eat or drink.

After the surgeries, he eventually returned to television and picked up where he left off with his writing.

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“The long relationship between Roger and his Sun-Times family speaks volumes about Roger’s commitment to his craft,” Sun-Times Media Editor in Chief Jim Kirk said in a CNN.com article. “Roger will be missed not only by the Sun-Times family, but by the journalism and film communities. Our thoughts are with Roger’s wife, Chaz, and their family during this time.”

Before his death, he became a known presence on Facebook and Twitter, having hundreds of thousands of followers, and by being a blogger as well.

His last words were said to have been, “I’ll see you at the movies.” These words were published on his blog to his readers in an essay titled “Leave of Presence.” In the blog post, it explained how he planned to minimize the amount of movie reviews he wrote.

By Brandon Brown

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