By now we have all seen the words ‘zombie apocalypse’ being thrown around the internet enough to wonder if we should really be stocking up on guns and ammo and bunkering up in a secure location waiting for all hell to break loose.
Reports flooded the internet last Memorial Day weekend regarding “Miami Cannibal” Rudy Eugene violently eating a homeless man’s face off. When cops found Eugene perched on top of Ronald Poppo, they commanded him to stop, but Eugene simply growled at the officers and kept eating.
This horrible story led to an explosion of speculations on whether the attacker was on drugs, either a potent form of LSD or some new synthetic street drug called “bath salts,” under a voodoo spell or possessed by demons, or, of course, the ever-popular zombie explanation. It’s pretty obvious Hollywood’s revival of the zombie genre contributed to most of the public’s mania on zombies, but is this a real life possibility, or just urban lore?
Other bizarre happenings that have recently hit the news are also responsible for the ‘zombie apocalypse’ fervor. Even in Canada, stories of body parts being sent to politicians have roused the interest of those looking for the slightest reason to batten down the hatches, stock up on canned goods and ammo, and wait for the zombie uprising to begin.
Another story from Maryland reports a man who killed his roommate and ate his head and parts of his brains. Sounds familiar. Zombies like brains, don’t they? Days after the Miami “zombie” attack, a man from New Jersey sliced his stomach open and threw his intestines at police. I don’t know about you, but all this creeps me out.
Zombies or not, stories seem to be getting more and more disturbing these days. It is not unusual for people to panic and start looking towards some paranoid apocalyptic explanation for all this (end of the world, Mayan calendar ending in 2012, anyone?) and start hoarding weapons and making a plan of action in case a large-scale disaster was to strike.
All joking aside, these kinds of bizarre crimes do create a mania among the masses, and forces people to think about what would happen in case of some national catastrophe. Do we have a plan of action? What should we be doing to prepare in case of a large scale incident, be it a bacterial outbreak or a terrorist attack?
The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention jokingly put up a website in the past year describing what you should do in case of a zombie attack. Of course, this was tongue-in-cheek, and a reaction to all the classic zombie movies becoming really popular in recent years with the revival of the zombie genre in film, but it does make a point. It’s never too early to be prepared.
By Ikam Acosta