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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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.
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.
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
With contributions by The New York Times, Max Brooks, CDC, Huffington Post
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