How long would it take for the undead to take over a city? Could new Russian weapons technology turn you into a mindless zombie? Find out before Halloween with these 10 scary facts about zombies.
Across many cultures around the world, there is a concern that the dead could return to walk among the living. Sometimes these ghouls are merely tricksters who are having fun at our expense; other times they are vengeful creatures who were treated poorly in life and are exacting revenge. But there are very few places in the world where you won’t find them.
10FACT No 10
In 2012 Vladimir Putin admitted Russia is working on a Zombie gun that microwaves the brain. It will cripple the central nervous system and disintegrate eyeballs.
09FACT No 9
Movie director Lucio Fulci used homeless alcoholic ab zombie extras, bribing them with cheap drink. In Romero´s “Night of the Living death” extras ate raw animal entrails to add authenticity.
08FACT No 8
Haitian dictator Francois Duvalier spread rumors that his army were military-trained reanimated corpses. Formed in 1959, Tonton Macoutes burned victims alive and stoned others to death.
07FACT No 7
In 2005 scientists resurrected dogs that had been dead for 3 hours. Dogs were frozen with saline, before their blood was slowly re-warmed and their hearts shocked.
06FACT No 6
A Zombie chicken existed, surviving for 18 months after being beheaded in 1945. The axe missed the jugular vein and brain stem. Its owner fed him via drops into the oesophagus.
05FACT No 5
In the world of The Walking Dead walkers outnumber humans 5000 to 1. In series 1 a SWAT team arrived on set after 911 calls reported scenes featuring rooftop gunshots as real.
04FACT No 4
In 2009 a mathematician created an equation to ascertain how long humanity could survive an outbreak. If an infection broke in a city of 500.000 it would take 3 days for zombies to outnumber survivors.
03FACT No 3
In 2013 scientists created “Zombie cells” which outperformed human flesh cells. Silica-coated replica cells could survive extreme heat and pressure that killed living cells.
02FACT No 2
In 1980 Haitian man Clairvius Narcisse re-appeared after dying 18 years earlier. Buried in 1962, he claimed he´d been reanimated two years after death and enslaved by a zombie master.
01FACT No 1
In 2011 the US Government created a detailed Zombie apocalypse defense plan. The plan is a genuine emergency training exercise and it states that in an extreme situation the US may nuke citizens.