Category Archives: Zombies

10 Best Cars for the Apocalypse

It doesn’t matter how it happens — zombies, heat wave, fallout, biotech — it’s coming. No civilization lasts forever, and no species rules the Earth for too long. When society falls, survival of what little of the human race is left will be the most important thing, and one thing every survivor will need is a trusty car.For the purpose of this list, tanks, boats, and air vehicles will be excluded.

For the purpose of this list, tanks, boats, and air vehicles will be excluded.

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Ford F-150 Raptor SVT

The Raptor is a fast, agile, rugged truck that performs on and off the paved road. While it guzzles gas like a Lambo, it has just about everything one might need at the end of the world. It has plenty of storage space for gear and food, but it doesn’t cut back on space in the cabin either as it is available in a full four-door crew cab.

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Ford Explorer Police Interceptor

When zombies have overrun the world, it is safe to assume that law enforcement will not be in effect. Therefore, one of the most easily available specialized vehicles will be police cars. The Ford Explorer interceptor has a reinforced durable body, “pursuit mode” for aggressive driving, upgraded brakes, and a setting that automatically rolls up windows and locks doors if someone approaches from the rear.

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Jeep Wrangler Unlimited

Wranglers are known for being loud, uncomfortable, inefficient, and incredibly effective. These cars have a reputation for tackling any trail with the right driver. They have changed little since the original 1941 Willys Jeep, and that’s mostly because of how well designed they were for what they do in the first place. No car on four wheels will ever rival the Wrangler in off-road capabilities.

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Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon 6×6

I said no car on four wheels can rival the Wrangler, but what about six? This upgrade from the G-class SUV is designed for dunes that most vehicles would get stuck in. It has three independent axles, more storage space than the 4×4 due to the extended body, and heavy roll cage reinforcements like a rally car–what more do you need?

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Local Motors Rally Fighter

It has less space than others on this list, but the Local Motors Rally Fighter is still a powerful road-legal off-road monster that will leave the average rally car in the dust. It is designed for speed and power, and it has plenty to spare. Add some spikes, machine guns, and a good paint job and it will look like something straight out of Mad Max, but you can still (legally!) drive one on the road before the apocalypse in all 50 states–if you can afford it.

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Conquest Knight XV

This vehicle, despite looks, is not made for the military. It’s actually a personal armored SUV available for sale. The spacious interior is big enough to live in and loaded with luxury features like a fridge and sink. The backseat could with little effort be remodeled into a bed in minutes, and the other one could be removed for gear storage. After minimal modifications, this bulletproof celebrity-transport will be ready take on the hordes.

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Ripsaw EV-2

This vehicle is known as a “luxury supertank,” two words that really don’t go together. The point is that it’s fast. Really fast. It is an odd mix of multiple worlds, but somehow it actually works out fine. While it’s hard to come by, the few lucky billionaires who can actually afford one (or whoever can take it from them) will have an easy advantage over other survivors.

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INKAS Sentry APC

This truck was designed for SWAT and military use, but it looks like it was made for smashing through a horde of zombies. It has BR7 armoring that can resist high-power rifle rounds and hand grenades at point-blank. The cabin has temperature control for extreme climates, and the configurable interior allows for a variety of passenger and cargo configurations. This is the truck you should want to be driving when humanity isn’t around.

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Paramount Group Marauder

The looks say it all. No zombie will get into this vehicle without a key. The Marauder is built for a world with no rules and no constraints. The 10-ton beast measures 22′ long and occupies a full two lanes. Its armor can withstand any bullet, as well as grenades, light missiles, and TNT, and the underside is designed to take and survive a full blow from a landmine. It is safe to say that it will not be damaged by any ordinary horde.

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Ghe-O Rescue

When a deadly pandemic that turns people into zombies breaks out, saving the world is the last thing that comes to mind. The logical course of action is, despite what Hollywood makes it look like, to run for the hills in hopes of waiting it out safely in the wild. The only problem is that while most cars won’t make it past the first rugged dirt road, running is not a very effective form of transportation when you are carrying everything you need to survive on your back. As strange as it may seem, this vehicle is the solution. It was designed for rescue missions on terrain where any other vehicle would get stuck or never even fit. It has snow chains, can be submerged in five feet of water, and even has floating tire attachments that make it float and move forward in water. It has space for up to eleven people or a stretcher-sled/boat, which means just about all your gear will pack in with room to spare. Heavy weapons beyond a hunting rifle will not be necessary away from civilization, so there is no need for space to mount any. Still have doubts? See for yourself.

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5 Common Myths About Zombies

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The generic stereotypical zombie is a slow, rotting, drooling, mindless shell of a human with a desire for the consumption of brains to make up for their own lack thereof, with the “off button” being the destruction or detachment of their head. But there are many other kinds, and when — not if — the apocalypse happens, the odds of dealing with the standardized Hollywood walker are unlikely. These are five of the most common myths about “real” zombies and why they are wrong.

They eat brains. This one is somewhat obvious. When a person’s brain degrades so far that they become cannibalistic animal-like beasts, they attack to kill, and they don’t care what body part they are chewing on. If they are simply reprogrammed or repurposed by a substance or disease, eating brains is the last thing they would do.

They’re rotting. While it makes sense that a senseless creature would not have the sense to keep up a sensible appearance, it’s unlikely that a human could walk around with their guts hanging out of their stomach. To some degree they are probably filthy, but not rotting.

They make noise. “Brraaaiinnsss!” Hollywood walkers tend to make a distinct moaning sound almost constantly. While this may be a side effect of the brain damage/changes, it’s fairly unlikely, and would serve no purpose.

They’re slow. Wrong wrong wrong wrong. The only reason for a zombie to be slow is for the hero to get away, and that only happens on TV. There is no purpose for a slow zombie and nothing to hold it back from a full sprint.

A headshot kills them. This is not wrong in every situation, but it is not a reliable fact. For starters, the headless chicken effect probably applies for instinctive, impulsive, mindless creatures, and headless zombies are still dangerous. From another perspective, because some types of zombies have their brain activity reduced to the most primitive parts, even a clean shot through the head can miss the area that needs to be shut down. Many of these parts are located near the center of the head, which is a tough target from long range.

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How Cats Are Turning Us Into Zombies

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There are many possibilities for the origin of a zombie outbreak (mad cow disease in humans, biological warfare, partial reanimation, nervous disorders, Pokemon) but there is a good chance that the real issue will be a virus spread by house cats.

There is a parasitic mind-altering protozoan called toxoplasma gondii that lives and breeds in house cat intestines that can infect almost every mammal in the world, including humans. In prey animals such as rats, it causes the loss of the animal’s innate fear of cats and cat smell, allowing it to amble right over to a cat and get eaten. Convenient, right?

In humans it’s effects can be much worse: according to CDC it’s known to lead to flu symptoms, blurred vision, eye tearing, persistent headache, fever, nausea, coordination problems, and even seizures, as well as obsessive love of cats, no matter how evil the cat really is. It can also prevent a fetus from developing properly, leading to death.

This is where it gets a little concerning in terms of human zombification. The parasite chiefly targets the brain, in some cases destroying it completely, but in others just altering it in shocking ways. It’s really not that far from creating mindless human servants for cats.

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In fact, ancient Egyptians are a perfect example of a society under the rule of cats. They held cats in higher esteem than humans–the punishment of killing a cat even accidentally was worse than for killing a human. They even worshipped a half cat half human god called Bastet. Cats themselves were often considered demi-gods. Armies were dispatched regularly to liberate kidnapped felines, and they surrendered battles if they saw a cat so it wouldn’t be harmed. After a cat died, it was mummified and buried, and the entire family would go into a deep mourning. That’s an entire society that failed to hold its own against kitties.““

And the scary part is that 50% of the world’s population–3.75 billion people–has this disease. Because it can infect any mammal and most birds, eating partially cooked meat from infected animals can give you the disease, meaning you can have the disease even if you have never touched a cat in your life.

Think twice, cat people. Do you really love your cat, or are you under its influence, slowly losing your mind?

Types of Zombies

In the event of a global zombie apocalypse, the survival of the human race may depend on the simple task of identifying the type of outbreak. Despite everything Hollywood wants you to believe, a shot to the head won’t always get it done, and the methods of protection of humans and destruction of walkers differ based on the disease present.

There are three basic types of zombies: bacterial, bacterial but antibiotic resistant, and viral.

In the case of bacterial zombies, antibiotic darts might be the solution. This type of infection is a simple, though destructive disease that simply modifies or shuts down certain functions in the brain. Using a big dose at first is recommended at first to ensure that they really will die. It’s possible that a certain dosage kills the bacteria but doesn’t kill the host, but the physical damage might be too severe to save victims who are far into the process.

Bacterial but antibiotic-resistant zombies are dangerous. Highly resistant bacteria can be nearly indestructible, and killing the host might not be enough if the bacteria can repair it. To stop zombies like that you must temporarily disable them by whatever means are available, capture them, lock them up securely and kill them with fire. Don’t do this when pursued because it takes a long time to kill them and in the meantime makes them more dangerous. Only burn undead if they are locked up and can’t light anything.

If the outbreak is viral, killing the host will do the trick. The virus will be able to duplicate for a while, but eventually the host cells will run out of energy and die. If that doesn’t work, the disease is probably bacterial. However, there could be exceptions….

The most genius type of disease, bacterial or viral, is the kind that allows the host to live and acquire energy so that the disease can use the energy to duplicate itself. This kind will reprogram the victim’s brain to give it the sole purpose of spreading the disease and acquiring energy to do so. Killing the victim may or may not be enough. This is the real Hollywood zombie by the original definition of the word, and when they show up humanity is in big trouble.

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