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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

ZR: Zombie Relations

Public Relations, Advertising... what ever you want to call this, it's just a great idea.  Props to fellow CreCommer Matt TenBruggencate for bringing it to my attention.

This video was shot in a movie theater at Sandton City to promote the second season of The Walking Dead, and by the wild applause at the end, I'd say it did it's job.

The zombie actor was just lucky nobody in the audience decided to be a hero.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Well, it's Valentine's Day again.  What better way to melt the heart of your significant other than a zombie themed day of romance?

Want to play a game where you are Cupid fighting off an invasion of zombie kids?  Try Zombie Kids Valentines Day.

And here are some V-Day cards you can use to get your loved one in the mood:

Thursday, February 09, 2012


I was recently pointed to another real disease that has some bizarre similarities to zombies.  During her scholarly studies, my friend Nikki Basset stumbled upon kuru, and passed the disease to me... figuratively.

Kuru is a rare disease that affects the nervous system, it's also a fun word to say.

The case that kuru is known for is very interesting.  It's very similar to a zombie outbreak, only backwards.  While we're used to the spread of zombies caused by dead humans eating living brains, this case involves living humans eating dead brains.

Back in the day, the Fore Tribe of Papua New Guinea would eat the bodies of the dead (including the brain) as part of the funeral process.  I know, it sounds like a completely safe practise, but it turns out human brain tissue can contain an infectious protein which causes kuru.

Supposedly the funeral ritual stopped around 1960, but cases of kuru still popped up years later because of the long incubation period of the disease, which can last anywhere from 5 to 20 years.

The disease is kind of like mad cow for humans.  Once a person has kuru, they will go through 3 stages.

In the first stage, the person will have a hard time balancing and slurred speech.  The second stage makes it extremely hard to walk, and causes severe muscle tremors.  In the final stage, the infected will have no muscle coordination, they won't be able to speak, and they won't be at all responsive to their surroundings.

But unlike a zombie, the strangest effect of kuru is that it causes the infected to laugh uncontrollably.

Album cover for House Cannibal by Kuru.