Talk:Possible Causes for the Situation
Page created to merge all those from the category 'Possible Causes for the Situation'. Those pages (except for Necrotech) have been turned into redirects for this page. Can someone delete the category? --RCG Tiburon 00:44, 18 April 2006 (BST)
Would it be acceptable to offer an alternative theory for the newspaper aritcles about cementere overcrowding: That the sudden spike in the number of deaths leading to the overcrowding is not responsible for the outbreak, but rather caused by the reason for the outbreak. Whether it was cosmis rays, bird flu or MSRA, people had to die before rising as zombies. And perhaps the first to die didn't rise immediatly, but was buried first, thuse leading to the overcrowding. --BzAli 16:34, 9 December 2006 (UTC)
Another alternate theory: If there was MRSA in hospitals, and a bird flu outbreak, at least a few people would have died from it, right? Those corpses had to go somewhere, and where they went, were the already over-crowded cemeteries, where the viruses spread. Later, the cosmic rays caused mutations in the virus, which in turn caused the zombie virus. NecroTech found out, and quickly did everything they could to stop it, but they couldn't in time, thus on July 3rd zombies flooded the streets.--Labine50 MH|ME|P 08:55, 4 January 2007 (UTC)
As a side note, the Cosmic Rays theory brings to mind an old B-Movie called Night of the Comet. I haven't seen it in a long time, but I recall something about a comet going over Earth, turning most people into orange dust, survivors were underground or out of view of the light at the time, or for some strange reason turned into zombie-like creatures. :D --Sabbit 23:01, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Article from Cracked.com
The following section (from a previous version of the page) is from a website called Cracked.com. I propose that we add it back into th article. If no replies to the contrary are posted within 3 days (Thursday), I will revert it to that state.
Neurogenesis (will be set to heading lvl 2)
As seen in ... Laboratories around the world.
What is it? You know all that conversy out there about stem cell research? Well, the whole thing with stem cells is that they can basically be used to re-generate dead cells. Particularly of interest to zombologists like ourselves is neurogenesis, the method by which they can re-grow dead brain tissue.
You can see where this is going.
How it can result in zombies:
You wanted the undead to make an appearance in this article? Well, here you go, you creepy bastards.
Science can pretty much save you from anything but brain death; they can swap out organs but when the brain turns to mush, you're gone. Right?
Well, not for long. They're already able to re-grow the brains of comatose head trauma patients until they wake up and walk around again.
Couple that with the new ability to keep a dead body in a state of suspended animation so that it can be brought back to life later, and soon we'll be able to bring back the dead, as long as we get to them quickly enough.
That sounds great, right? Well, this lab dedicated to "reanimation research" (yes, that's what they call it) explains how the process of "reanimating" a person creates a problem. It causes the brain to die off from the outside in. The outside being the cortex, the nice part of you that makes humans human. That just leaves the part that controls basic motor function and primitive instincts behind.
You don't need the cortex to survive; all you need is the stem and you'll still be able to mindlessly walk and eat and enjoy Grey's Anatomy. This is how chickens can keep walking around after they've been beheaded (including one case where the chicken lived for 18 months without a head).
So, you take a brain dead patient, use these techniques to re-grow the brain stem, and you now have a mindless body shambling around, no thoughts and no personality, nothing but a cloud of base instincts and impulses
That, ladies and gentlemen, is what we like to call a real, live, undead fucking zombie. So there.
Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse: Think about it. Under every legal system in the world, all rights and responsibilities are terminated at death. All it takes is someone with resources and a need for a mindless workforce of totally obedient slave labor.
How long until somebody tries this? We're betting somebody in the world, maybe North Korea, will have a working zombie by Christmas.
- It was removed because it was written like it was from a shopping centre spruiker. It beoke the flow of an otherwise informative and slightly less subjectively written article. Rewrite it to be more encyclopaedic and no one will have a problem with it. -- 02:02, 7 September 2010 (BST)