Top 20 Freaky Zombie Facts, Part 2

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Serpent and the Rainbow posterIn the previous blog post, we examined some interesting facts about zombie history?  Here is the continuation of a fun countdown-style list of the top 20 freaky zombie facts that every zombie fan should know:

10.  George A. Romero is often referred to as the “Father of the Modern Zombie” and is widely viewed as the creator of the modern zombie cinema. He has written and directed more zombie films that anyone in history.c

9. According to zombie lore, the only way to kill a zombie is to damage its brain or cut off its head.g

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8. The most famous “real-life” zombie is Haitian Clairvius Narcisse. He claimed he was turned into a zombie by a combination of powerful neurotoxins and hallucinogens.b

7. Some scientists claim that a zombie apocalypse is not necessarily an impossibility because humans are susceptible to neurotoxins, brain parasites, real rage virus (such as mad cow disease), neurogenesis, and nanobots (which can operate in a host even after the host has died).f

6.  Stories of the dead being brought back to life are thousands of years old. For example, 5,000 years ago in the Middle Eastern tale the Epic of Gilgamesh, an angry goddess threatens to bring the dead back to eat the living.b

5.   Wade Davis, a Harvard ethnobotanist, presented a pharmacological case for zombies in two books, The Serpent and the Rainbow (1985) and Passage of Darkness: The Ethnobiology of the Haitian Zombie (1988). Davis traveled to Haiti in 1982 and, as a result of his investigations, claimed that a living person can be turned into a zombie by two special powders being introduced into the blood stream (usually via a wound). The first,coup de poudre, includes tetrodotoxin (TTX), a powerful and frequently fatal neurotoxin found in the flesh of the pufferfish. The second powder consists of dissociative drugs such as datura. Together, these powders were said to induce a deathlike state in which the will of the victim would be entirely subjected to that of the bokor. Davis also popularized the story of Clairvius Narcisse, who was claimed to have succumbed to this practice. The most ethically questioned and least scientifically explored ingredient of the powders, is part of a recently buried child’s brain – Wikipedia

 

4.  According to Haitian folklore, feeding salt to a zombie will restore the person to freedom. That doesn’t mean the zombie will become a living person again but, rather, that the body will return to the grave.d

3.  While the causes and depictions of zombies throughout history have varied, one element links them: they all have compromised brains.c

2.  There are basically two theories on the origin of zombies: 1) a cursed person dies and returns as a zombie, and 2) a person contracts a virus or is exposed to radiation.g

1.  The word “zombie” is related to the African word nzambi, which means “god.” The Grand Serpent, the “Le Grand Zombi,” was the father of all “laos,” or other gods, and appeared in the shape of a python.  The English word “zombie” was first used in the 1838 short story “The Unknown Painter“, as zombi. The additional “e” was not added until the 1900s.  b

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References

a Brown, Nathan Robert. 2010. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zombies. New York, NY: Penguin

b Hamilton, Sue L. 2007. Zombies (The World of Horror). Edino, MN: ABDO Publishing Company.

c Krensky, Stephen. 2008. Zombies (Monster Chronicles). Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Company.

d Pipe, Jim. 2007. Zombies (Tales of Horror). New York NY: Bearport Publishing.

e Schuh, Mari C. and Aaron Sautter. 2007. Zombies (Blazers–Monsters). Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

f Sloth, TE and David Wong. “5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen.” Cracked. October 29, 2007. Accessed: October 20, 2012.

g “Zombie Facts: Real and Imagined (Infographic).” Live Science. October 6, 2011. Accessed: October 20, 2012.

Top 20 Freaky Zombie Facts, Part 1

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We all love a good zombie movie, or an engrossing zombie novel.  But, how much do we really know about zombie history?  Here is a fun countdown-style list of the top 20 zombie facts that every zombie fan should know:

20.  The German culture has a version of the zombie called the Nachtzehrer, which has two different translations: “Night waster” or “Night eater.” The Nachtzeher has traits of both the zombie and vampire. When a Nachtzeher appears, it chews on parts of its own body, and then hunts other victims to devour.a

19. Until modern medicine was developed, patients who were in a coma were occasionally buried alive because doctors thought that they were dead. When thieves dug up their graves to steal their valuable, the corpses seemed to come back to life. This has played a role in developing the zombie myth.e

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18. Zombie powder allegedly used in Haitian zombification is made from poisons taken from animals, such as the spiky puffer fish, the hyla tree frog, and the cane toad. In addition, the powders contain human remains as well as some hallucinogens.b

17. George A. Romero’s 1968 The Night of the Living Dead was the first zombie movie to show a physical cause of zombification. Previously, zombies were created through Voodoo or other type of black magic.c

whitezombie16.  In the very first zombie movie ever, White Zombie, lead actor Bela Lugosi was paid just $800, making him the highest paid actor in the movie. The movie grossed less than $25,000 at the box office, though the film’s budget was around $50,000. White Zombie is public domain, which means no one owns the rights to the film anymore.a

15.  It is generally believed that the hours before rigor mortis sets in, zombies would be at their most dangerous. They would, briefly, have the strength and speed of living humans before their bodies were ravaged by decomposition.b

14.  The top 10 safest countries during a zombie outbreak according to geographic location, topography, armed populace, population density, and military preparedness are the following: 1) Australia, 2) Canada, 3) United States, 4) Russia, 5) Kazakhstan, 6) Bolivia, 7) Norway, 8) Finland, 9) Argentina, and 10) Sweden.g

13.  There is a law in Haiti that makes it a crime to turn someone into a zombie. Article 249 states that if someone drugs another person, buries him as though he were dead, and then digs the person up and brings him back to life, it is still considered murder.a

12.  There are three general schools of though about how a zombie virus would behave. First, dormant infection, where the virus would spread around the world and remain unnoticed until the recently dead begin to reanimate. In this case, everyone, bitten or not, would become a zombie. Next is active infection only, which means that only those who are bitten by a zombie would be infected and ultimately die as a result, only to reanimate after their deaths. Finally, dormant and active infection, which is the worst out of the three: all persons who die would reanimate, but those who are bitten would die much faster.a

11.  A Canadian-based team of statisticians created a zombie virus outbreak scenario and found that the only hope for any human civilization faced with such an outbreak would be a fast, aggressive extermination response. Taking a defensive stance would not work. For example, in a stereotypical urban city with a population of 500,000 people, it would require an aggressive military response within 3-8 days. After 8 days, it would be nearly guaranteed that civilization would not bounce back.a

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References

a Brown, Nathan Robert. 2010. The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Zombies. New York, NY: Penguin

b Hamilton, Sue L. 2007. Zombies (The World of Horror). Edino, MN: ABDO Publishing Company.

c Krensky, Stephen. 2008. Zombies (Monster Chronicles). Minneapolis, MN: Lerner Publications Company.

d Pipe, Jim. 2007. Zombies (Tales of Horror). New York NY: Bearport Publishing.

e Schuh, Mari C. and Aaron Sautter. 2007. Zombies (Blazers–Monsters). Mankato, MN: Capstone Press.

f Sloth, TE and David Wong. “5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen.” Cracked. October 29, 2007. Accessed: October 20, 2012.

g “Zombie Facts: Real and Imagined (Infographic).” Live Science. October 6, 2011. Accessed: October 20, 2012.

Top 10 Zombie Books on Pinterest

Top 10 zombie books

This was a fun little project.  I put together a list of my Top 10 Zombie Books on Pinterest.  There are some iconic zombie books on the list and some newer zombie books to round out the list.  Of course, I included Into the Darkness.  It is my list, after all.  Spoiler:  World War Z is my favorite zombie book of all time, so that book is featured as the #1 zombie book in the Top 10 list.

Please weigh in on your own Top 10 zombie books.  We’d love it if you would like to repin, like the pins and follow the boards or us!

Into the Darkness Soundtrack 6-10

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The action and suspense builds in chapters 6-10 of Into the Darkness, as Quinn and Hope leave home and Zorn gets ready to emerge from his tomb!

There are some classic metal songs in this list, as well as some that you have to listen to (click on the blue hyperlinks) in order to appreciate them in the context of the chapters.  The live version of the Ice Cube song, in particular, fits the feel of its chapter.

 

Chapter 6 [Quinn Meets Dragon]

The Patient  Tool

Buried Myself Alive  The Used

 

Chapter 7 [Rheinhold Flashback]

Poison  Alice Cooper

I Was Wrong  Social Distortion

 

Chapter 8: [The Death of Rheinhold / Zorn's First Kill]

Natural Born Killaz (Live in New Orleans)   Ice Cube

Ace of Spades  Motorhead

 

Chapter 9: [Quinn and Hope Leave East Lansing]

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground  The White Stripes

There Goes My Hero  Foo Fighters

 

Chapter 10: [Zorn Emerges from Tunnel, Suicide of Teenager]

Bullet in the Head [Remastered]  Rage Against the Machine (There is also an excellent live version of Rage classics like Bullet, on this album)

The Outsider  A Perfect Circle

 

Stay tuned for the next five chapters.  Any suggestions?