Zombie apocalypse preparedness
Do you have a plan for when zombies attack?
February 23rd, 2012
02:26 PM ET

Zombie apocalypse preparedness

Editor's note: Aaron Sagers is a New York-based entertainment writer and nationally syndicated pop-culture columnist. He has specialty knowledge in "paranormal pop culture," has lectured at conventions across the country on the topic and is a media pundit on supernatural entertainment. He covers pop culture daily at ParanormalPopCulture.com and can be found on Twitter @aaronsagers.

Look at you, all plump and fleshy, with a quickening pulse and body jam-packed with sweet meats. That brain of yours, with the scrumptious gray matter and thinking cap makes certain re-animated corpses crave a dining bib.

So what are you to do when the formerly living awaken with a hunger for a little human takeout? Are you ready for the zombie apocalypse?

Probably not. If you have to ask yourself that question, or took a moment before answering, then definitely not. In the time it took you to hesitate, even the slowest zombie could pull a dine and dash – or shamble – on you.

On the upside, you’re in luck since most people haven’t made the adequate preparations for Z-day.

Here’s the deal: A zombie can be a member of the walking dead or a barely living victim from a curse, virus, etc., and alternately run or shamble. They can be the creation of stupid humans, angry gods, black magic, mad science, cosmic events or – as is most often the case – comic book/sci-fi/horror nerds. But whatever their origin, they are a problem that must be dealt with.

But not even the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thinks the masses are ready for the onslaught of the undead.

“There are insufficient people prepared for emergencies in the United States,” said Rear Adm. Ali S. Khan of the CDC.

A multi-credentialed doctor, assistant surgeon general and director of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Khan was behind the zombie preparedness guide the organization published online May 2011.

Inspired by zombie-related social media buzz after the Fukushima Daichii nuclear disaster in Japan last March, and released days before Harold Camping’s predicted rapture, the preparedness guide is a tongue-in-cheek plan. Its message boils down to the idea that if you’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, you’re ready for any more likely crisis or disaster. The CDC website received 2 million page views the first week as a result, and the guide went viral.

The CDC has also recently partnered with AMC’s zombie drama “The Walking Dead” – based on Robert Kirkman’s comic book series – to utilize clips from the TV show and add helpful tips such as, “Clean water is zombie-free water.”

Apparently, according to TV Land, another tip to survive the zombie apocalypse is to not work at the CDC, which may have been the last hope for humanity in “The Walking Dead,” and went kablooey in a giant explosion at the end of Season One.

Khan reminded us, however, that the real deal is “alive and well” and that even in any scenario where the CDC would be blown up, they would have “contingency plans” to make sure they’re still addressing public health – which might be a subtle way of suggesting the government agency has a way cooler underground bunker than we originally thought.

Still, being prepared for a zombie uprising isn’t the same as surviving, and thriving, in one.

Author Max Brooks is the father of zombie survival after he literally wrote the book on it in 2003. Set against recorded attacks throughout history, “The Zombie Survival Guide” gives practical tips on defensive and offensive strategies against the ghouls whether you’re at home, in a public space, on the move or living in an overrun world.

Brooks goes a step further than the CDC (which he toured in October) and gives an extensive breakdown of weapons and combat techniques for life among the dead, but he still equates a zombie apocalypse to a natural disaster or - more likely, he said - a viral outbreak.

“People prepare for the obvious threat,” he said. “It’s the ones they underestimate that kill them.”

Also the author of “World War Z” - the book about a global undead pandemic which will be released as a film starring Brad Pitt in December - Brooks gives zombie self-defense lectures that he said remain packed with a diverse crowd of teenagers, middle-aged housewives and other hopeful survivors.

As an esteemed member of the advisory board of the Zombie Research Society, (alongside director George A. Romero) Scott Kenemore (author of “The Art of Zombie Warfare”), describes members of the zombie survivalist subculture as "super Boy Scouts" who will be armed head-to-toe and skilled at hunting, fishing and camping.

“Zombie enthusiasts have been preparing woodland hideouts, remote bunkers and treetop deer stands where they can use their skills to live zombie-free well into the apocalypse,” he said. “Accordingly, the zombie apocalypse nerd is likely to be wearing a combination of protective gear to shield against zombie bites, and half the winter section of an REI to facilitate their outdoor survival plans.”

If you haven’t been training since 1968 when “Night of The Living Dead” debuted, or since 2003 when Brooks released his book, there’s no need to panic – even if your name is Barbra and they are indeed coming to get you.

For about $100 and a plane ticket to England, you can attend Wish.co.uk’s Zombie Boot Camp in Droitwich, Worchestershire, for training with military instructors. Utilizing body armor and weaponry, you learn battle tactics and unarmed combat and sniper skills as you train for an attack on a zombie den. Tea, coffee and light snacks are available for nonzombies to eat during training.

A little closer to home for American survivors-to-be is the Run For Your Lives “zombie infested 5k obstacle course race,” which advertised on “The Walking Dead” midseason premiere February 12. After launching in Baltimore last October, RFYL is hosting races across the country, with the first of 2012 taking place on March 3 in Atlanta.

The American Red Cross and CDC will be present at the race, as will IronE [sic] Singleton (“T-Dog”) from “The Walking Dead.” And Dr. Khan from the CDC will also be running. He said he plans to stay with a large group of buffers.

But really, to survive zombies is to understand zombies. Education is key, and learning the difference between an enchanted Voodoo zombie and flesh-eating monster could be tough for newbies not already prepped.

Luckily there are resources such as Ross Payton’s “Zombies of the World: A Field Guide to the Undead,” which gives a handy visual reference to everything from the Common Gray Shambler to the Nordic Draugr and Chinese Hopping Corpse. He also provides a helpful guide of types of humans not to trust when the dead begin to roam. For the more scientific minded, Harvard psychiatrist Steven C. Schlozman, M.D. has documented the biology of zombies in “The Zombie Autopsies.”

So at the end of the day, or at the end of human existence as we know it, if you’re unprepared for the zombie apocalypse, it’s your own fleshy fault. There are resources to build muscles and train your tasty brain for when corpses come back to life.

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      February 28, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
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    February 27, 2012 at 4:46 am |
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    February 26, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
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    February 25, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
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      February 26, 2012 at 11:40 am |
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    February 25, 2012 at 1:09 am |
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      February 25, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
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      There is not a single person who didn't know that. Consider lightening up.

      February 25, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
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    February 24, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
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    February 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
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      February 24, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
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      February 24, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
    • BioHzrd420

      More like the zombies couldn't find a brain to feast on....

      February 24, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
    • kake79

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      February 25, 2012 at 11:11 am |
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      <- The point of the article.

      <-– Your head.

      February 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  65. Lubiana

    I would kill Zombies with pea shooter plants

    February 24, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • kat

      lol. Just make sure you have enough sunflowers.

      February 25, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • Daniel

        Brains

        February 25, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  66. Spidey-Man

    As well as a bunch of MREs to hold me over for a while I also keep an assortment of swords of varying lengths and styles handy. No loud bangs to attract the ones from a mile away as I fight off the current herd.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm |
  67. P

    They come out with helpful practical preparedness tips in a fun way, like their disaster movie blog post, check it out http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2012/02/disaster-movies-lessons-learned/

    February 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm |
  68. Chris

    Really, I am appalled at all of you people... Not one comment of....

    KHAN!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
    • James

      KHAN? Yeah...its the name of the new Jaguar's owner.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  69. Miku

    Oh come on, people! There is no zombie apocolypse! On the other hand, that's what I would say if I was PLANNING the zombie apocolypse.... muahahahaha no, just kidding. [troll face]

    February 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  70. bravo86

    HAH, SMH.
    Really? I enjoy watching the walking dead, but come on, this really????

    February 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • JOhn

      It's the same as trying to prepare for an Alien Invasion, it's entertainment. At best it's a video game...

      February 24, 2012 at 12:19 pm |
  71. ZAP guild

    My group of friends actually holds "Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness" parties. We buy random foods from our local international food mart (rabbit, duck, things with the heads still attached, etc) and of course twinkies and then watch zombie movies. It doesn't matter whether the future apocalypse is caused by zombies, the plague, or war it can't hurt to think about what you would do if an apocalypse occurred. Think about it. Are you willing to leave your electronics behind? Do you have a crank flashlight? We have a great time hanging out (yes geeks can be social its shocking to many!) and at least we care about surviving a worst case scenario.

    February 24, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  72. chuck

    Oh shut the hell up. There's more chance of a rabid house-cat apocalypse you idiot. Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, etc......they don't exist. Thank you for needing to be informed of that. Idiot.

    February 24, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • RichWW2

      This is just a fun article in the GeekOut section. What'd you expect? Maybe learn to lighten up a little while you're at it.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:03 am |
    • MartyMcFly

      I used to be afraid by zombies (and maybe aliens too), but now I'm just officially freaked out by people like you who read this and think it's meant seriously instead of just talking about a trend. You either have no sense of humor or no sense of reality.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Gracko

      Maybe not, but you've proved that trolls exist.

      February 24, 2012 at 8:59 am |
    • JohnW

      Actually, if you look at the science, there are several ways that humans could turn into zombie-like creatures, including bacterial infection that already exists. It's possible we're already zombies that haven't been activated yet.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:02 am |
      • James

        Interesting...I was watching an older movie (B&W) the other day that touched on your theory. There was some agent administered through the air by use of planes and people picked up the "ailment" but weren't aware of what it was until a sharp, ear-piercing sound rang out and everyone began grasping their heads. Half the population died and the world was left with people of the same mindset.

        February 24, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
      • xxsevensxx

        There is a fungus that takes over and controls the nervous systems of dead ants – Google zombie ants. The photos (and possibilities) are beyond disturbing.

        February 24, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
      • YM3

        The fungus that affects ants actually keeps them alive until it reaches its destination. There are similar pathogens that affect catipillars, and also bees. Some scientist believe there may be a link between those diseases and some pyschological disorders in humans. Wonder how hard it would be to mutate it fully to humans and weaponize it.........

        February 24, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • ChefZ

      You have to forgive ole Chuck here....he is clearly suffering from rectal-cranial impaction

      February 24, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • BioHzrd420

        ROFL....That was too much!!

        February 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • JOhn

      Lighten up it's just for fun...

      February 24, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Jared

      Chill out. This is all in fun.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
      • Eunice

        I work in higher aoicetudn, where the focus isn't quite as well defined as space pet clothes. In e-commerce, the website contributes directly to the primary goal. In my situation, it's a support role. Our website in and of itself does not educate in ways that lead to degrees. But it may educate as to which degrees we offer. So far I've tried to split the difference and think of the focus of each directory or on rare occasions the focus of a single page. But I also try to avoid the silo mentality so often found on college and university campuses. (Which presents its own unique problems for #5.)Do you have any suggestions (zombie themed or otherwise) for situations such as higher ed where the focus isn't quite so, uh, focused?

        March 5, 2012 at 8:01 am |
    • Chuck'sDad

      I see I failed to instill in you a mature sense of humor. A shame you only took half your wit lessons. Here. Me type slow for you. This joke. Meant for ha-ha. Not real.

      Get it now? Or do I need to explain knock-knock jokes to you, too?

      February 24, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  73. RAGE against the Machine!

    Zombies and vampires have been overdone! Time for some fresh new ideas...

    KILLER TOMATOES!!!!!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 7:50 am |
    • Fudge Dragon

      Nah, that's been done also. But Hollywood recycles everything else, so you can hope for a new version.

      February 24, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • BioHzrd420

      Killer cats from outer space....wha-cha-cha-cha!

      February 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
    • Salwa

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      April 8, 2012 at 6:49 am |
  74. Rednip

    If you don't include your neighbors in your disaster plans/planning besides shooting them, you don't really have any disaster plan at all.

    February 24, 2012 at 7:11 am |
    • Beth

      Very true. I'm a preparedness fan and I cringe at the "must stockpile weapons folks" that can only envision a world run by guns. The reality is in 99.5% of serious disasters, pulling together will be our best bet. Get your church or neighborhood or at the very least extended family involved.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
      • webman6

        Beth, the reality of society is that in the event of an actual apocalypse you are going to need guns. Lots of them, variety is key, and even more ammunition. Just watch an episode of "Doomsday Preppers" on NATGEO and you'll see a bunch of people who will, in the event of an apocalypse, likely all die. Because they don't put enough emphasis on weapons. A defensible position is also a necessity.

        February 24, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • BioHzrd420

        The Doomsday Preppers on NATGEO will likely all die because...well...they are idiots.

        February 24, 2012 at 11:05 pm |
    • YM3

      While weapons will be a requirement during any apocalyptic situation, the need to train and prepare a community should also be an emphasis. The loaner in any of these situations will soon find themselves driven mad by isolation.

      February 24, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  75. FatChics

    stupid farce

    February 24, 2012 at 6:46 am |
  76. well

    stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop stop this stupid zombie stuff. it has been played out for decades, and an interest in zombies is a sure sign in a person of a personality of "not interesting, tries to be almost wacky, but too dull to go for anything radical."

    i take it back, it's not played out: the people into this nonsense are slow, shambling, brainless hordes too.

    February 24, 2012 at 12:02 am |
    • Notanupsetanusthatfreaksoutatrandominternetposts

      Sounds like someone has a gerbil stuck up their ass. I guess you really do have more pressing matters to attend to then zombies.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Breck

      So, just because you are not interested in something that I am, that makes me a member of a "slow, shambling, brainless horde'? It's nice to belong!

      February 24, 2012 at 10:46 am |
    • ChefZ

      Hate to burst your bubble, but I have been a fan of the genre since 1978. I served honorably in the military, graduated from college with honors, worked for one of the largest sporting goods firms in the country for many years, and went on to become a professional chef simply for the fulfillment of doing so. In all that time I have been happily married, have a large circle of friends, and have even published two books, working on my third right now. All the while I have been a fan of the zombie genre, and will continue to be a fan for many years to come. My suggestion to you, since you are clearly a closed minded simp, open your mind to other possibilities, and learn to respect the fact that just because you don't enjoy something, does not mean millions of others should not. Good day.

      February 24, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • Miku

        Burn. 😀

        February 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Mark

      Hey....A$$Clown....what are you in to???? Let us know so we can bash it. Whatever it is. Whatever you're "in to"....I'm positive it's for slow, simple minded, morons who have no life and still live in their parents' basement. Yep...I'm sure it is.

      Oh, by the way.....Ph-uck off.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm |
  77. Bryan

    Really nicely written article.

    February 23, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  78. Zombie Awareness International

    You seem to have left out Zombie Awareness International. I'm sure it was a complete oversight on your part and in no way intentional. The most important tool for survival is knowledge!

    http://zpocawareness.com

    February 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • petgal

      There is also a zombie survival course in New Jersey. I attended, it was awesome. I'm a little bumbed out they haven't posted any photos of our group though.
      http://www.zombiesurvivalcourse.com

      February 24, 2012 at 9:14 am |
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  79. Marty

    Don't forget your zombie killing ammunition. It's a must have!
    http://www.hornady.com/ammunition/zombiemax

    February 23, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • Jared

      I was going to mention that. Great ammo! Perfect for killing zombies when you just have to pull the trigger.

      February 24, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  80. Steve

    Is this a real article? Tell me someone didn't get paid for this.

    February 23, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Chuck

      Yes, because it'd be sooooo awful if we could read something fun and silly, as opposed to serious bloody news all the time. What's your deal

      February 23, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • Mark

      Did you read it???? I'd say he did his job.

      February 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
    • Steve'sDad

      No, it is not a real article. No, nobody got paid for it.

      There. I'm so happy to have soothed your agitated, delicate mind. Go back to watching Nicktoons.

      February 24, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  81. June

    Great article and great event – but don't forget your zombie insurance! It's been all over the news and Twitter lately.

    http://www.MyZombieInsurance.com

    -The ZI Crew

    February 23, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  82. Gary hasty

    And don't forget to join us in Marietta, GA again October 2012 for the 2nd Marietta Zombie Walk http://www.cnn.com/video/standard.html#/video/living/2011/10/30/natpkg-zombies-walk-the-streets.cnn?iref=allsearch

    February 23, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  83. driranek

    If I go to 'Zombie Survival Camp' to learn all the necessary skills and tactics but through bad luck actually become a zombie all y'all are gonna be in a world of hurt...

    February 23, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  84. Web

    The reasoning behind the CDC involvement in this is simple. It is not about the zoombies, but rather about being prepared for things like hurricanes, blizzards, and other disaster be it natural or man made. Being prepared is basically the same....be able to shelter and take care of your daily needs for 3-5 days. People do not takes such preparations seriously until it is too late.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  85. bob

    What a waste of journalistic space. and the CDC? Is where my tax money is going for this goverment department that is suppossed to be fighting life threatening plauges, to post a "zombie" prepardness link on their website? What idiot thinks they will ever be taken seriously after that?

    February 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
    • driranek

      I do. It's called 'effective publicity' and based on the existence of this article it's worked better than anything else anyone has tried.

      February 23, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
    • markishere

      who knew? The Gov't wasting taxpayer money? 🙂

      February 23, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
    • Zombee

      Is it any more of a waste of journalistic space than talking about any entertainment trend? No one is saying you have to like the genre. Also, if you actually read, it clearly says the CDC plan was a tongue-in-cheek plan stating if you're ready for this imaginary scenario, you're ready for real emergencies. It was an educational plan that's clearly working. More people are likely to click and read about getting supplies for zombies over something boring sounding like a hurricane. Plus, if there WAS a major bird flu or any kind of pandemic, the money we're slashing from the CDC would be sorely missed. We don't think that way because an airborne virus is considered as fanciful as a zombie outbreak. See the irony, doofus?

      February 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
    • Carl

      The CDC website provided real information, and followed the zombie gag by stating that it was also good ways to prepare for natural disasters. Try reading something next time before reacting.

      February 23, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Jessica

      Actually, the zombie preparedness was one of the most effective marketing tools that the CDC has ever used. It got more hits on the CDC website than any "real" disease and brought people to a page that actually provided real information on how to be prepared for disasters. This was a great example of how the government SHOULD be using our tax dollars because it was an extremely effective intervention. Also, unlike other government agencies, the CDC is full of real scientists who actually have a real sense of humor. Imagine that. :-p

      February 23, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
      • James

        It was effective marketing but as a public health planner and evaluator it doesn't mean the marketing campaign was successful. Millions may have clicked the website but as we see from the comments on this post, not alot of people read for clarity. The true test to determine whether the marketing worked is to determine how many people actually went out and prepared an emergency kit. That information is almost impossible to determine hence the reason tax dollars are waste don such ventures. It would have made more sense to send everyone who clicked the link a $5 off coupon for a emergency preparedness kit. That way when the coupon is redeemed you can gather the data needed to effectively evaluate such a venture. If you can't do that then its money wasted because you can't show the impact of the project.

        February 24, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
      • Leyla

        Hey Hugh.That line about the pack scene got me thinking. There's sehotming about the whole zombie thing that works as a metaphor for the inevitability of (insert thing here)'. Conformity, death, societal collapse fads. Vampire popularity comes in waves. About every ten to fifteen years it comes back into fashion. I'm not sure there's ever been a time in the past, though, where zombies have been quite this well-liked though. And I think the reason for both those trends zombie and vampire have a common cause: hope. Vampires are popular with the naive and hopeful, whereas as zombies are popular when there isn't much.I remember the vampire thing really peaked in the early Nineties, then dropped off, then rose and troughed a little before exploding with the current Twilight thing amongst young women of a certain age. Vampires are a vehicle for the young and bulletproof, those kids with years to burn and plenty of time to worry about the future later. The slightly self-absorbed, those who need a fantasy about themselves.Zombies are comforting to those overwhelmed by the reality of the world as it is. The world on the news, of pointless wars without end, financial collapse, killer bugs, extinctions. They're not a monster that affirms the young belief in their own untouchableness; rather they're a monster who to me at least seems to rise up as an antibody to human hubris. And comforting, in a bleak way, as the metaphor really seems to whisper It's okay. Before long all this crap you have to live with will be wiped away. It's cathartic. Their popularity right now, I think, speaks volumes about where we're at.

        March 5, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • James

      Natural disasters are occurring in areas they typically don't, we have earthquakes, forest fires, blizzards, etc. During these disasters a good majority of people aren't prepared...hence the propensity to run to the grocery store when the meteorologist says "snow". The CDC came out with this guide and use the zombie genre because its something people are interested in and obviously responded to. Now the question is....was it just a publicity stunt that got people to click their website or did people ACTUALLY prepare an emergency kit? Thats where evaluation comes in to see if tax dollars were wasted. Just because people clicked a link it doesn't mean the campaign was successful.

      February 24, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  86. uglymontreal

    Zombies? Symptomatic of an apocolypse-mad generation, witnessed not only by their desire to look dead, but also in their desire to deface beauty where they see it, with graffiti vandalism. Come to Montreal (if you dare) and see a once beautiful city destroyed by ugly graffiti on nearly every surface, including scratchings on store windows.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • James

      I just booked my flight. Can you recommend any hotels?

      February 24, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
    • BadEnoughDude

      Montreal has nothing on Detroit. If you want to see a real post-apocalyptic city, Detroit's the place to go. Considering that the city is absolutely saturated with abandoned and derelict buildings, "Devil's Night" and constant mindless violence, one may assume that Detroit is the testing ground for a Fallout-type of scenario. I've been to Montreal and my family's originally from Montreal and I currently live in the Detroit area so I've seen both and can make an accurate comparison. Comparing the two is like comparing, well an apple or an orange. Or to throw in a Quebecois reference, a poutine to a steamée.

      February 26, 2012 at 2:39 am |
  87. Gregory

    May is Zombie Awareness Month!!!!

    February 23, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  88. SCDad

    I'm stocking up on Viagra. That way I can pole vault over the zombies' heads while keeping both hands on my weapons.

    February 23, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Holly

      I don't think 3 inches is enough to pole vault over the zombies. *wink*

      February 23, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
      • Hank

        Nonsense, 3 inches from the ground is sufficient!

        February 23, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
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    • Nanner

      With enough viagra that thing could be us as a meaty weapon of death. LMAO at ur comment.

      February 24, 2012 at 10:51 am |
      • cloud

        or just an eye sore

        February 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
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