In the past few years we have brought you the stories of several 1960s era (Cuban Missile Crisis) fallout shelters built in suburban backyards across the country. Well it turns out that another one has been found.
“For more than a decade after they moved into their house in Neenah, Wisconsin, the Zwick family knew they had a Cold War bunker in their backyard. It was not until 2010 that anyone thought to open the heavy steel hatch, climb down the ladder and explore the 8-foot-by-10-foot chamber that the home’s previous owner had built to protect his family from a nuclear attack.
Floating in five feet of water that had seemed into the bunker were sealed U.S. Army boxed packed with all of the supplies a family would need to survive two weeks underground.”
Yup. although the bunker was flooded, the stuff inside the old ammo cans came out pretty good.
Was checking my publisher’s site (Necro Publications), and see that the hardcover edition of Last Stand on Zombie Island, possibly the best modern zombie survival story (shameless self-promotion) is sold out.
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Do zombies really exist?
Well the answer, according to what a Grout Museum told youngsters Saturday, is yes, no or maybe.
Jordan Walker, a science educator with the Grout, told more than 20 people who attended a Saturday education that zombies are not real, but left the door open to zombie-like conditions that may produce walking dead-type creatures that fall short of the stereotypical brain-eating version.
The Grout Museum hosted a weekend of activities titled “Cedar Valley of the Zombies,” which included a book signing, concert and zombie makeup clinic in addition to the science show Saturday at the Bluedorn Science Imaginarium. Walker cited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2012 statement that they know of nothing that could create zombies. Of course, that statement was given after the infamous cannibalistic attack by Rudy Eugene on a homeless man in Miami that year. It was found that Eugene was not a zombie, but instead gnawed on the man even after being shot several times because he was on drugs.
However, Walker gave two examples where some form of zombies may exist — all the better to lead in to an apocalypse survival talk.
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RedOrbit has done some research that would tend to color the prospect of a zombie virus as a definite….possibility
“So, you start with Rabies virus, but you engineer it so that it doesn’t actually kill you. It just takes over your brain and makes you want to bite other people to spread itself. Infected people just become automatons devoted to spreading the virus. The main viral property you’d want to change would be to convert it from causing an acute infection (like Ebola which tends to kill the victim quickly) to persistent infection (like Herpes, which stays with you for your entire life). Functions you’d want the infected person to retain would be metabolism (so they can produce more virus) and motility (so they can get from victim to victim). You would want the virus to cause infected people to lose the ability to think independently (and therefore come up with a cure).
Hey, aren’t we talking about internet trolls here,” Dr. Dinman told redOrbit.
Some conspiracy theorists say a zombie virus is already here and its known as LQP-79. This virus is allegedly a “mental virus infection” that derived from the 79th attempt at developing a “Lysergic Quinine Protein” in a bid to create a mind control substance. According to theories, the virus was supposed to be contained to training facilities, but not only have samples been released, the media is playing cover-up by hiding information on this story from the public. Obviously, this story has been proven time and time again to be a hoax, but it has become so popular that even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged the term “LQP-79? had been one of the top searched terms on the government agency’s website in May 2012.”
“Patients, suffering from an advanced and aggressive form of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, were released into the general population after an incident at a medical treatment facility outside of Washington, D.C.
The Centers for Disease Control and U.S. military officials have confirmed that the infection could reach Henderson County as early as November. Quarantine zones and secured evacuations routes to containment areas for the non-infected population are currently being prepared in areas where outbreak is considered an imminent threat.
Camp Ton-A-Wandah will serve as the containment zone for Henderson County. A voluntary evacuation will begin Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m.
As Henderson County prepares a response to the crisis, citizens wait to evacuate. Site coordinator Bob Williford strongly suggests citizens leave their homes on Nov. 3…..”
(yes, this is a real news article, the rest here )
“For a second time in three years, the EMA is asking for people dressed as zombies to be part of a disaster training exercise from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Zoombezi Bay water park.
The training that the EMA is calling the “Zombie-zy Bay Exercise” will teach local first responders and Columbus Zoo and Aquarium staff how to deal with the repercussions of a tornado. During the exercise, zombie participants will play storm victims and rescuers will focus on the three T’s of disaster response: triage, treatment and transport.
When participants arrive at the park, they’ll receive a card that explains the extent of their injuries. Some won’t survive the tornado because they won’t heed the zoo’s safety warnings, some will leave unscathed and others will need medical assistance for varying degrees of injury……”
“My story was, I was on my way to a job interview when a zombie apocalypse happened and I got hurt,” Riddle said.
It was just a costume, but the second Casper Zombie 5K Run could help prepare someone for a real zombie apocalypse, he said.
It had the elements: zombies in your path, having to escape, and feeling like it would never end.
He dodged slow zombies, ran from fast zombies and jumped over a zombie.
The event returns to Casper Mountain this Saturday, Sept. 7, to benefit Joshua’s Storehouse. There’s an improved obstacle course this year and a party at the end.
Some runners might be savvier from last year’s race, but so are the zombies ..