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In regards to why the zombies feed on brains, there is an official explanation is a quote from Return of the Living Dead’s writer and director, Dan O’Bannon, who suggested that the undead felt the need to feed on the brains of the recently living because it somehow made them feel better by easing their pain. Night of Living Dead (1968, directed by George A. ...


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TL;DR: Fires left to burn unchecked around the world, nuclear weapons detonating in Iran, Pakistan, and China, and oil fields set ablaze in Saudi Arabia, all combine to fill the upper atmosphere with enormous amounts of ash and other particulate matter. This veil of pollution reflects a significant amount of sunlight - i.e., thermal energy, aka heat - back ...


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It may have been Max Brooks's Zombie Survival Guide. From the section on Weapons and Combat Techniques: Finally, at five meters, we used the last bit of fuel in the flamethrower! The sons of bitches lit up like torches but just wouldn’t stop! One of them grabbed [Name Withheld], setting him on fire as it bit through his neck. I saw the rest of those ...


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In Marvel Zombies, they did once they'd exhausted their other food supplies. But they complained the whole time - apparently the dead taste terrible, no matter how well you cook 'em. In other mythologies, it varies. In 'Return of the Living Dead' they eat braaaaaaaaains...and zombies don't have those (they need the electrical impulses of the living brain ...


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from popcap Plants vs. Zombies readme : Nobody knows exactly what eldritch force or demented science allowed the dead to rise from their graves and walk. What we do know is that the resulting creature, popularly termed a "Zombie," is a restless, mindless, tireless being driven by nothing other than its hunger for brains. Your brains, to be precise. ...


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Undead 101 Death holds a fascination in literature for humans because it is the last door that every human will eventually cross from which there is no return. As a result there are numerous cultural ideas, stories, myths and tales of horror that talk about what happens when people do return from beyond the grave. Death is not required to be a member of ...


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The military has trained to destroy equipment, buildings, and to kill people. Their first two skills (for example, taking out a radar station) are completely useless. And that third skill, well... they're instructed to shoot "center body mass". That's not going to stop a zombie. Besides, while there are a few psychopaths in the military, most of them are ...


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In the book, they are much more explicitly vampires. Even in the Will Smith movie, the creatures are vampiric (and referred to as such, I think) - they hide from the sun, which burns them, they drink blood, and they are transformed from normal humans. In the book, there's a difference between vampires - some are dead vampires and some are living. The dead ...


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You raise a good point. The obvious answer is that partially-successful zombie attacks are in fact the most likely outcome, until large hordes of zombies exist. Killing a single (resisting) human with bare decaying hands is extremely difficult. Injuring or biting one during the fight, however, is very easy. The prevalence of broken limbs or gouged eyes ...


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TL;DR: Because there are zombies on inhabited islands, too, but getting to an island is incredibly dangerous in itself. You're subjecting yourself to additional risks in order to reach a destination where you'll face the same problems people on the mainland are struggling with. Update: Fear the Walking Dead: In the second season of the spinoff series, ...


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It's genre blindness (Warning! TVTropes link!). It's not just zombies, that happens in many genres. For example, when there's something frightening out in the woods, why do young teens split up in small groups, have sex, then wander about all alone, with the women wearing almost nothing? You'd think they'd know better because it's always when you're alone ...


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The walkers show a rudimentary form of pack behavior, in that one walker spotting prey will frequently alert other walkers in the area to the prey's presence. There have been a couple of scenes, for example, where there were walkers wandering aimlessly in an area, and a human got close enough for one walker to recognize them, at which point all of the ...


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It depends on what universe you are in. In most cases the answer is the rather unsatisfying "its magic." Whatever mystic force re-animates the body of the zombie also halts the decomposition process, the same as it does for other undead like vampires. In some universes (I believe the Dresden books are like this), nothing stops them from decomposing. The ...


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"No explanation is offered for this behavior -- indeed, what explanation would suffice?" -- Roger Ebert Logically there must have been a start to it, a Patient Zero, but that start wasn't revealed to us. The characters don't know how it started. Even Dr. Jenner of the CDC, who watched the progression of the contagion from the first reports, and had every ...


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The human body is highly compressible. This is because it is mostly liquids and solids, which will not deform under uniform pressure. Liquids and solids push back in response to pressure, and are for the most part "incompressible". Q: Can you compress a liquid (water)? The answer is yes, You can compress water, or almost any material. However, it ...


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There are several angles to tackle this from. Plot - if they did, they'd all tear each other apart pretty quickly, and there wouldn't be any threat. Mythopoetic - zombies are supposed to represent a kind of latent plague fear, or fear of mortality, or in general the "Things Fall Apart" mentality. Having them attack each other doesn't serve to underscore ...


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TL;DR (for my answer, not the question): Depends on the author. There are multiple types of zombie. The majority are, like you say, dead. 28 Days Later and the sequel feature 'zombies' that are alive. These zombies are created by a virus called the 'Rage' virus, which drives infected people mad. They become hyper violent, incapable of higher reasoning, ...


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I was giving this some thought earlier today after watching the end of Season 2. Forensic anthropologists will tell you that the human body decomposes in roughly one week when exposed to air or water. Temperature and humidity affect this timeframe: hot/wet will accelerate decomposition, whereas cold/dry will delay the process. As most people are aware... ...


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Pakistan and Iran had engaged in what seems to be all-out nuclear war. I don't have my copy of the book to get supporting quotes, but I would assume that this resulted in a nuclear winter. While I'd recommend reading the Wikipedia article, the synopsis is that when there are a large number of fires (not even necessarily fires caused by nuclear bombs, and ...


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The Walking Dead is shot in Georgia, in different towns according to the season. That cricket noise you are hearing is being generated by cicada. It's almost impossible to scrub from outdoor shots due to the large amount of frequencies the sound covers. As the first three seasons were shot in the summer when the cicada are at their peak. Here's a video that ...


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They do In Letter Hacks #14 and #111 it's stated Zombies eat for impulse and posess no functioning digestive system, with what they've eaten being forced out once its full, unprocessed. It's not required for their sustained animation. Robert Kirkman wrote on Reddit: ...In the beginning of the show we saw walkers do things like using a rock to help bash ...


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This Wikipedia article covers the fiction side well. The undead feature in the c. 7th-century BC Epic of Gilgamesh (see the other answer), creatures such as the draugr in c. 13th century Norse mythology, even the 1818 Frankenstein's monster could be considered a zombie. More recently: One book to expose more recent western culture to the concept of the ...


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From The Walking Dead's Glen Mazzara Addresses Frequently Asked Questions From the Fans, he addresses this question: No, they don't, they only have a brain telling them to eat.


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I think the typical zombie walk tries to convey a sense that the zombies are no longer human and that all of their physical forms are no longer fully functional. It seems that the limp goes back even to the very earliest movies and I don't think I can recall too many movies (I Am Legend being an obvious sample of the opposite) where they didn't limp. It'...


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The cause of the outbreak is not known. It has been made fairly clear that the initial source of the virus is not currently something that either the comic or the show are planned to address, as this quote from an interview with show producer Glen Mazzara indicates: Will determining the cause of the outbreak be something that the group, now that they ...


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Note: This answer represents the best information I was able to find regarding the following media - The Walking Dead comics, television show, print novels, and Telltale story games, and the Fear the Walking Dead television show. Unless otherwise noted, mentions of television shows refer to The Walking Dead, not Fear the Walking Dead. 1. BITERS Various ...


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Turning into a zombie changes the perception of the creature. They often act as if they aren't aware of each other. Even when they are swarming, you see zombies climbing over each other, trying to reach the living. They are not working together, so much as they are all after the same objective. The change in perception could make them see other zombies as ...


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You have your pick of potential answers as to why the military is ineffective and all of them tend to be tropes of the Zombie genre. While Zombie Apocalypse events vary depending on the writer, some things tend to remain true in almost all of them: The event is unexpected, spreads quickly, causes widespread panic and due to a lack of social discipline ...


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Question is a bit terse, but that immediately made me think of the theatrical ending of I Am Legend (2007). (note that there's an alternate ending which is more faithful to the book) From IMDb: Robert Neville is a scientist who was unable to stop the spread of the terrible virus that was incurable and man-made. Immune, Neville is now the last human ...


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Max Brooks' wonderful The Zombie Survival Guide indicates that the flesh of zombies is deadly toxic, but zombie fluids in general causes infection through contact with open wounds (emphasis mine): A zombie bite, although by far the most recognizable means of transference, is by no means the only one. Humans have been infected by brushing their open ...


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