The Surprising (and Terrifying) Purported Realism of Zombies! [Infographic]
First popularized in the late 60′s by the stumbling corpses in ‘Night of the Living Dead’, the modern zombie is a very different beast to the voodoo Haitian sleepwalkers of urban myth. This (now stereotypical) rendition of the zombie has rooted its way into our culture in such a strong way that zombies are now a multi-million dollar business. Just look at the incredibly successful ‘The Walking Dead’ or the ‘Resident Evil’ games and movies (at least count now at their 6th iteration) for proof. Though the zombie in essence might not be much of an adversary (due mostly to their slow speed and complete lack of intellect) they seem to have become the 21st centuries defining ‘monster’. It’s been pontificated that there are all kinds of psychological reasons why this is the case (they are ‘essentially us’ being the most prolific) but at Wish.co.uk we think the reason is far more simple and obvious. It’s because the idea of a zombie invasion is not completely unrealistic and unimaginable.
Although the term didn’t fall into mainstream culture until the 60′s and 70′s, the actual term ‘zombie’ was thought to have first been used in the 1928, Bela Lugosi film ‘White Zombie’. The film itself derived from an old Haitian myth about dead men and women rising from the grave and the actual science behind the reports is worryingly plausible. There are neurotoxins found in puffer fish for example that can cause your brain functions to slowly deteriorate until you’d be considered technically dead. You could however be brought back by certain drugs in a trance-like state and considering the amount of supposed ‘voodoo witchcraft’ which has been knocking around Haiti for hundreds of years, it’s not impossible to imagine a fair amount of local ‘voodoo priests’ might have figured out the specific formulas.
Of course in the example above, the idea of a ‘mass outbreak’ is not technically possible. More worrying are the man-made compounds that scientists are now using to re-grow dead brain tissue through a process called ‘Neurogenesis’! If these compounds ever make their way into the wrong hands the results could be potentially disastrous! The science behind neurogenesis has already been tested on dogs and there is nothing to suggest human trials are completely out of the question. On the less plausible end of the spectrum there’s also biomechanics to consider. Bioengineers at the prestigious HarvardUniversity have recently created the first half human, half cyborg tissue. There is also the tiny silicon chip that can be inserted in a hosts flesh and can be then used to control that host up to a month after they have died. Of course this science is all very much on the fringes and the actual real world applications are decades away. But how many horror films have you seen that start off in a lab where the scientists in question had nothing but benevolent intentions. The road to hell is paved with good intentions after all.
Chris Hoole is a freelance copywriter based in middle England. He is very well prepared for the zombie apocalypse and thinks you should be too! If (or perhaps when) it all kicks off, make sure you head over Wish.co.uk and fill succulent brain with what could be lifesaving zombie knowledge!