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May 6 12 7:16 AM
Hans wrote:Paul wrote:I did run for your lives today and.... was turned into a zombie. They stole my last flag pretty close to the final stretch. It was a great time and harder than I anticipated. I wiped pretty hard when a zombie gave me pursuit through a muddy section, and I got shocked by an electric fence near the end. I'll probably do it when it comes back to Boston.
I also met and talked to Pooka for a few minutes. She is pretty damn tall.Awsome! Congrats. Wheree the hell has Pooka been? How the hell did you manage to run into an electric fence?
Paul wrote:I did run for your lives today and.... was turned into a zombie. They stole my last flag pretty close to the final stretch. It was a great time and harder than I anticipated. I wiped pretty hard when a zombie gave me pursuit through a muddy section, and I got shocked by an electric fence near the end. I'll probably do it when it comes back to Boston.
I also met and talked to Pooka for a few minutes. She is pretty damn tall.
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May 10 12 8:52 PM
Paul wrote:Hans wrote:Paul wrote:I did run for your lives today and.... was turned into a zombie. They stole my last flag pretty close to the final stretch. It was a great time and harder than I anticipated. I wiped pretty hard when a zombie gave me pursuit through a muddy section, and I got shocked by an electric fence near the end. I'll probably do it when it comes back to Boston.
I also met and talked to Pooka for a few minutes. She is pretty damn tall.Awsome! Congrats. Wheree the hell has Pooka been? How the hell did you manage to run into an electric fence? Pooka posts on the United States Politics Groups on facebook more now. I got the impression she was just tired of this place. I was climbing underneath the electric fence and I guess some part of my back or butt brushed up against it. It didn't hurt or anything, but it did make me involuntarily try to hump the ground, at least one thrust, lol. Then I paused for a second, and pieced together what had happened.
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Hans wrote:anyone here the news about the New recording of the original for the walking dead is gonna be released? Sounds cool. They did it in black and white to honor the comic.
Jul 6 12 1:02 PM
I am an unabashed zombie fan but also teach "classic" English
literature and the New Testament so I can't quite bring myself to
desecrate the literary and religious masterpiece that is the Authorized
(King James) Version by contributing to the Zombie Bible.
Still, wanting to get into the spirit of things, I can't resist noting a
few biblical scenes and themes -- a top 10 list -- that come to mind
each time I watch or read the latest version of the zombie apocalypse to
come along. At least in some passages, a zombie-Bible mashup requires
very little editorial interference.
1. The Gospel of Luke: "Why do you look for the living among the dead?
He is not here, but has risen" (Luke 24:5). Such a suggestive phrase.
Note also that the angels asking the question and those they address are
standing inside a tomb at the time (Luke 24:2-4).
2. The Book of Revelation: "the sea gave up the dead that were in it"
(Revelation 20:13). John the Seer's creepy statement reminds me of a
scene in George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead" (2005) that features
slow-moving corpses walking out of the surf, and Max Brooks' "World War
Z" with its account of the boy returning from a swim with a bite mark on
his foot. He also describes the zombie hoards roaming the world's
oceans: "They say there are still somewhere between twenty and thirty
million of them, still washing up on beaches, or getting snagged in
3. Deuteronomy: "Your corpses shall be food for every bird of the air
and animal of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them
away" (Deuteronomy 28:25-26; cf. 2 Samuel 21:10; Psalm 79:1-2; Isaiah
34:2-3; Jeremiah 7:33). The ancients worried about the exposure of their
body after death. Improper care of one's corpse was a terrifying
prospect, so it is no wonder it features in prophetic warnings of divine
wrath. Qoheleth insists that even though a man lives a long life and
has many children, if he "has no burial ... a stillborn child is better
off than he" (Ecclesiastes 6:3). The indignity of non-burial presumably
accounts for the honor bestowed on the poor man Lazarus in Jesus'
parable; the rich man receives proper burial but Lazarus "was carried
away by the angels to be with Abraham" (Luke 16:22) because there was no
one to care for his remains.
4. The Book of Job: "Why is light given to one in misery, and life to
the bitter in soul, who long for death, but it does not come, and dig
for it more than for hidden treasures...?" (Job 3:20-21). Job is angry
he did not die at birth (3:11), adding that he loathes his life and does
not want to live forever (7:16). Others prefer death to life out of
principled anger against God, like the prophet Jonah (4:3; cf. 4:8).
Physical death eludes a surprising number of people in the Christian
Bible, and this is not always a welcome thing. The prophet John refers
to some who "seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but
death will flee from them" (Revelation 9:6). The prospect of an elusive
death, as every zombie fan knows, terrorizes the living. The "stricken"
Charlotte Lucas in "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" agrees to marry
the tedious and obsequious minister Mr. Collins because she wants "a
husband who will see to [her] proper Christian beheading and burial."
This is no small task for most survivors left with such a grim
assignment, as Shaun well knows: "I don't think I got it in me to shoot
my flat mate, my mom, and my girlfriend all in the same evening" ("Shaun
of the Dead," 2004).
5. The Gospel of Matthew: "The tombs also were opened, and many
bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. After [Jesus']
resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and
appeared to many" (Matthew 27:52-53). Unwanted persistent life is a
recurring image in biblical literature and so too is language referring
to the impermanence of bodily death. The dead do not stay dead. The
psalmist is confident he will not "see decay" (Psalm 16:10 New
International Version; cf. Acts 2:27; 13:35). We read of the physical
resurrections of specific individuals (e.g., 1 Kings 17:17-24; Luke
8:49-56; maybe Acts 20:7-12) and expected mass revivals (e.g., 1
Thessalonians 4:16-17). Some of these accounts of un-dying involve
reference to un-burying. Mary and Martha's brother Lazarus walks out of
his tomb when "they took away the stone" (John 11:41). On Easter
morning, mourners find "the stone, which was very large, had already
been rolled back" (Mark 16:4). A second century writer describes further
the events preceding Jesus' emergence from the tomb: "That stone which
had been laid against the entrance to the sepulchre started of itself to
roll and gave way to the side, and the sepulchre was opened" (Gospel of Peter 9.35).
6. Ezekiel: Ezekiel receives a vision promising the restoration of
Israel (37:11). Seeing a valley full of bones, the Lord instructs him to
speak to them, saying, "O dry bones ... I will cause breath to enter
you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh
to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and
you shall live" (37:4-6). When Ezekiel does so, "there was a noise, a
rattling" as bones come together and sinew and skin appears and the
breath of life returns. The dry bones "lived, and stood on their feet, a
vast multitude" (37:7-10).
7. Zechariah: "their flesh shall rot while they are still on their
feet; their eyes shall rot in their sockets, and their tongues shall rot
in their mouths" (Zechariah 14:12). They seem to resemble extras in a
George A. Romero film.
8. The Gospel of Mark: "hell, where their worm never dies" (Mark 9:48; alluding here to Isaiah 66:24). Gehenna
(here symbolically representing "hell," and usually translated so, as
in Mark 9:44, 45, 47) refers to the Valley of Hinnom located to the
south and southwest of Jerusalem. Following the reign of Israel's
righteous King Josiah (see 2 Kings 23:10-14), it became Jerusalem's
garbage heap, a place with maggots and rotting corpses. Jesus refers to
this burning garbage in Mark 9:48, a place where residents of the city
would leave the rotting corpses of humans and animals to the worms that
do not die, to maggots. The image suggests the corpses of the damned rot
in gehenna/hell -- maggot ridden -- in perpetuity.
9. 2 Maccabees: "[Antiochus IV Epiphanes] was seized with a pain in his
bowels, for which there was no relief, and with sharp internal tortures
-- and that very justly, for he had tortured the bowels of others with
many and strange inflictions ... he fell out of his chariot as it was
rushing along, and the fall was so hard as to torture every limb of his
body. ... the ungodly man's body swarmed with worms, and while he was
still living in anguish and pain, his flesh rotted away, and because of
the stench the whole army felt revulsion at his decay. Because of his
intolerable stench no one was able to carry the man who a little while
before had thought that he could touch the stars of heaven" (2 Maccabees
9:5-6, 7, 9-10). The Syrian ruler's physical body rots away zombie-like
while he still lives. The cause is divine, as the God of Israel strikes
this enemy of the Jews with "an incurable and invisible blow" (2
10. Genesis with the Book of Revelation: "the earth was a formless
void and darkness covered the face of the deep"; "the first heaven and
the first earth has passed away, and the sea was no more" (Genesis 1:2;
Revelation 21:1). With the disappearance of chaos, Eden returns: "On
either side of the river is the tree of life with its twelve kinds of
fruit" (Revelation 22:2; cf. Genesis 2:9). Horrors stories often wander
back and forth between forms of paradise (ordered society) and chaos
(some variant of an apocalyptic hellscape) thus recalling biblical
stories with similar alternations. Zombie stories typically depict the
disintegration of the modern world, and often hint at a return from the
wilderness to the paradisiacal garden for survivors (cf. Genesis
3:23-24). Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later" (2002), for one, ends with a
developing romance between Jim and Salina, happy in the cultivated lands
around a cottage that echoes Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. The
sequel "28 Weeks Later" (2007), however, depicts a failed attempt to
restore Eden. After the spread of the disastrous infection in the first
film, the sequel documents efforts to repopulate the United Kingdom.
Survivors return to their homeland, to what the director's commentary
refers to as "a new world" and a "Garden of Eden." Naturally, mayhem
ensues and the infection spreads as the movie unfolds. It wouldn't be
much of a horror movie otherwise.
Jul 14 12 11:26 AM
When it comes to choosing a ride for the upcoming zombie apocalypse, we’ll admit that a Hyundai Elantra Coupe
isn’t the first option that springs to mind. While it can deliver up to
40 mpg on the highway (an important consideration when there are no
more gas stations), its lack of ground clearance excludes it from our
own top-ten list.
Last month, Hyundai tried to change our mind by serving up renderings of a zombie-proof Elantra Coupe,
sketched in honor of the 100th episode of The Walking Dead serial
comic. We’ll admit that it certainly looked functional, if hard to
translate from paper into sheet metal.
Hyundai and partner Design Craft have proven themselves up to the challenge, completing the Elantra
Coupe Zombie Survival Machine (ECZSM) just in time for this year’s
Comic-Con in San Diego, California. If you’re going to the show, Hyundai
encourages you to stop by the Future US booth to see the car up close
and personal, and to take as many pictures as you’d like (presumably for
inspiration on your own zombie-mobile).
The booth even has the ECZSM’s owner’s manual
on display, which explains the car’s options, weapons and
communications systems. Show visitors can try their luck at zombie
target practice, or participate in a zombie costume contest (although we
hope the two are separate events). No matter how nicely you ask,
though, we don’t think you’ll be allowed to take the ECZSM for a spin.
We seriously doubt that Hyundai
is considering a production version of the ECZSM, since we’re pretty
sure it wouldn’t pass a DMV inspection in any of the 50 United States.
Still, there are some well-thought-out solutions in the car, so if
you’re the paranoid type, you’ll want to pay close attention to our
photo gallery for ideas.
Click here for more auto news from MotorAuthority
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Hans wrote:I would have no idea how to survive in the desert but that is an interesting theory Paige. The large expanses of flat unobstructed land would also make it easier to see trouble coming from far away. I would take some dogs with you too. You could raise them to be your little soldiers.
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PaigeEncoded wrote:Hans wrote:I would have no idea how to survive in the desert but that is an interesting theory Paige. The large expanses of flat unobstructed land would also make it easier to see trouble coming from far away. I would take some dogs with you too. You could raise them to be your little soldiers.Honestly Zombies are probably not that big of a threat, they can't feel pain, they are magnets for fungus and larva laying insects, they are exposed to the elements and are decomposing.The Zombie apocalypse, if it should escape the CDC, would be over in a week or two after all the Zombies start exploding. Also realistically cities would be safer then the country in a lot of respects because cities offer a lot of areas where you can remove the zombies main advantage (overwhelming numbers) by forcing them to bunch up and allow you to use shields and spears to just destroy them (Phalanx comes back into style) in small choke points. The main advantage of the wilderness is that predators will pick them off, more food and water, and the elements will destroy them.Finally as I said early in a few weeks the process of decomposition will cause them to physically explode as the gases caused by the bacteria involved in rot destroys them, and of course the elements would cause them to fall apart.Finally the lack of pain receptors makes them horribly weak, because it means they will, like idiots, wander into crude traps that would damage them rendering them immobile.Seriously, the zombie apocalypse is no problem and no apocalypse.
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