Nostradamus infamously predicted the Great Fire of London (Image: GETTY)As such, over the course of hundreds of years, at least a few are bound to come into fruition with the meaning of the philosophers' words interpreted differently after the event took place. This is one of the greatest fears of humanity, inspired by a bulk of Hollywood movies, and scientists do believe a zombie outbreak could happen.
While it would be impossible to believe the dead would rise and feed on the living, experts do think that a parasite could affect the brain or a virus could evolve. Already it is believed half of humans around the world have a dormant version of the parasite on their brains in the form of harmless cysts.
Beware of Toxoplasma Gandhi (Image: GETTY)A study from several years ago from the University of California revealed the parasite is more powerful than previously thought. Wendy Ingham, who was involved in the study, said the team tested the parasite on mice which were ultimately unfazed by the presence of a predator once infected.
Its spores infect other ants, which lets the zombie cycle begin anew. The wasp larva on its back controls the spider’s brain, forcing it to spin a special web.
Zombie fish flip around and dart toward the surface of the water, seeming to beg for birds to eat them. Zombie crickets, beetles and praying mantises drown themselves in water.
Zombie rats are drawn to the smell of the pee of cats that may devour them. In order to accomplish these tricks, some parasites have evolved the ability to hack into the host’s brain and influence its behavior in very specific ways.
Every parasite has its own method, but the process usually involves altering chemicals within the victim’s brain. Researchers are working hard to identify which chemicals are involved and how they end up so bizarrely altering their host’s behavior.
She is a biologist who studies parasites at Rice University in Houston, Texas. True zombies, she points out, aren’t exactly like the type you find in horror stories.
One parasite causes infected rats to become attracted to the smell of cat pee. This helps the parasite because it needs a cat to eat the rat for its life cycle to continue. User2547783c_812/istockphotoThe horsehair worm, for instance, needs to emerge in water.
To make this happen, it forces its insect host to leap into a lake or swimming pool. Toxoplasma Gandhi (TOX-oh-PLAZ-ma GON-dee-eye) is a single-celled creature that can only complete its life cycle inside a cat.
Biologist Charissa de Bekker wants to better understand how that fungus exerts that mind control over the ants. So she and her team have been studying a species related to the Ophiocordyceps fungus in Thailand.
This is likely due to the fact that trees and plants in this state lose their leaves in the winter. There, her team infected a few species of ant with the South Carolina fungus.
But the fungus made plant-climbing zombies only out of the species that it naturally infects in the wild. To figure out what was going on, DE Becker’s team collected new, uninfected ants of each species.
South Carolina photographer Kim Fleming discovered affected ants in her backyard. When the fungus was exposed to its favorite brains (that is, ones from the ants that it naturally infects in the wild), it released thousands of chemicals.
The experiments at Penn State by DE Becker’s team were the first to create ant zombies in the lab. And the researchers only succeeded after setting up artificial 24-hour cycles of light and darkness for the zombies and their parasites.
It will take more work to learn how the parasite’s chemicals lead to zombie behavior in ants. She now studies ant zombies at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, Germany.
There, she is now probing how that daily cycle of sunlight and darkness affects modification. It spins a nursery of sorts for the wriggly, worm-like wasp baby stuck to its back.
He studies insect behavior and ecology at Kobe University in Japan. The extra strong threads most likely help the larva stay safe until it emerges from its cocoon 10 days later.
In this video, the zombie spider has finished weaving an extra strong web for the wasp larva. The larva then eats the spider’s insides and spins itself a cocoon. Keizo TakasukaThe jewel wasp puts an insect on the menu it serves up to its young: cockroach.
She targets a specific part of the roach’s brain, turning it into a zombie. From the Laboratory of Professor Liberal at Ben Guion UniversityLibersat’s group has focused its research on figuring out what the jewel wasp does to the cockroach mind. That venom might interfere with a chemical in the roach’s brain called dopamine, Liberal reports.
This chemical helps the cockroach stay alert, walk and perform other tasks. When researchers injected a substance similar to dopamine into zombie cockroaches, the insects again began walking.
But Hammersmith, who was not involved in the research, notes that Liberal’s team has worked out this chemical process in more detail than is available for most types of zombie mind control. She studies California billfish infected with a worm called Euhaplorchis Californians (YU-ha-PLOR-kis CAL-ih-for-nee-EN-sis).
An infected fish will still eat normally and stay in a group with its pals. Hammersmith now is working with Gyving Overly at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, in As.
Researchers know what chemical changes should happen to a billfish brain when something, such as the sight of a bird on the prowl, stresses it out. Parasites have developed their control of other creatures’ brains over millions of years of evolution.
While it might not be the typical scenario that you’re used to seeing depicted in Hollywood movies, the reality of the situation is no less frightening. Of all the horror tropes, zombies might be the most accessible because the idea of the dead rising from their graves dates back to when early man was living in caves.
Since not much is known about what happens to us when we die, the idea that corpses could somehow be reanimated is something that has always captured people’s imaginations. There are actually numerous real -world examples that closely parallel what we see in zombie books and movies.
In fact, in the animal kingdom we can find a real -life example in tropical countries like Brazil. We also know of numerous bacteria and fungi that can infect the human brain and change the way a person thinks and acts.
Recently, scientists have discovered tiny organisms carried by house cats that can infect the human brain causing everything from altered brain chemistry and changes in personality to schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and Parkinson’s disease. It’s a degenerative brain disease that causes dementia and death, and one of the characteristics is sudden jerky movements that might resemble those of a zombie.
Confusion could cause someone to step on the gas instead of the break, or hallucinations could lead someone to start attacking people around them. Whether they’re walking down the street or driving a car if someone isn’t able to process decisions it could spell disaster for innocent bystanders.
Haitian zombies As crazy as it sounds, there are documented medical cases that suggest some sort of modification in humans in Haiti. In the same year, in northern Haiti, the local peasants claimed to have found a group of zombies wandering aimlessly in the fields.
AT THE Center DE Psychiatric ET Neurologic in Port Prince, Dr. La marque Coupon, a Haitian-born, Canadian-trained psychiatrist, has been systematically investigating all reports of zombies since 1961. Though convinced zombies were real, he had been unable to find a scientific explanation for the phenomenon.
Anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis Ph.D., has spent years investigating a possible scientific explanation for the alleged existence of zombies in Haiti. While studying the phenomenon, he discovered a powder used by Voodoo practitioners that he believes is responsible for some cases.
There are also stories of people experimenting with drugs for the first time and having horrible reactions that land them in all kinds of trouble. Not only do the drugs take away their fear and inhibitions while giving them enhanced strength, but their ability to think is also gone.
What’s worse is that they might be hallucinating, in which case they might perceive you as the threat, which means you are the target. During the first season, the survivors head to the Center for Disease Control headquarters in Atlanta for answers and find that the government is as helpless as everyone else.
Some versions depict slow-moving members of the undead who wander aimlessly while others move quickly in search of their next victim. Just because “Hollywood zombies don’t exist doesn’t mean that there aren’t similar threats to your family’s survival and well-being.
While Hollywood zombies may not be existed, there are real situations that mimic zombie attacks, from people high on drugs to people who are so preoccupied with their phones, gadgets and what’s going on in “reality TV” that they might as well be among the undead. Our society has degraded so far down into the gutter that today’s youth will do anything to escape from reality, including taking drugs that are literally turning them into real -life walking zombies.
These aren’t poor urban kids in some neighborhood that you’ll never have to walk through; these are people of every race, and from every corner of America. Smartphone Zombies Survival and the drive to stay alive is supposed to be an inherent and basic human trait.
When people start falling into open trenches, getting too close to wild animals, walking into traffic or falling off of cliffs to get the perfect selfie or because they’re completely caught up in their game of Candy Crush, well, you know that’s a sign of the end times. It’s the 70% of Americans who rely on prescription drugs to function; the ones that will be going through massive withdrawals once they can’t obtain their medications.
It’s your neighbors who will be killing each other for food and water; because they thought watching reality T.V. It’s the unprepared masses who are so reliant on modern technology that they actually admit they wouldn’t last over 2 weeks without electricity.
It’s the average American Citizen who has forgotten the skills they need to survive without running to the local Walmart. But it’s even worse when you take a look at the next generation, who spends more than 7 1 / 2 hours a day consuming digital media.
If you have been stockpiling supplies in case of a natural disaster or attack, then you’re ahead of the game. Now it’s time to think about how you’d stay safe if faced with one of these real -life zombie situations.
When it comes to people on bath salts or on a bad drug trip, you need to incapacitate them as soon as possible. The problem with people who are high on drugs is that a half dozen police officers could be on top of them, and they’re still fighting.
As with any kind of attack, keep basic self-defense techniques in mind: Go for the eyes, the groin, or use a key as a puncturing weapon to incapacitate them. They might not be able to stop themselves or are completely unaware of their actions, and so the best thing to do is limit their ability to hurt you.
Watch for people not paying attention and make sure that if something happens you’re two steps ahead. Don’t forget, during a disaster people (especially the Zombies) are going to be one of the top threats you face.
If you spend most of your time playing video games, staring at a screen, or whacked out on some type of drug, you might want to rethink your choices. From learning how to hunt and fish, to taking a weekend hike or camping trip, there are a million fun things you can do that will also help prepare you for tough times.
The amount of harmful garbage they’re exposed to on a daily basis far exceeds what most of us experienced throughout our entire childhood. As with everything else that comes with preparing for disaster, thinking ahead and being vigilant is always your best defense.
When you spot erratic behavior have a plan in place of how you’ll deal with any threat that might arise. The more you can stay ahead of the threats, the better off you’ll be in the long run and the more likely you are to survive.
There are also degenerative brain disorders that can mimic zombie behaviors, and there is also the case of people who are so absorbed with their smartphones that they aren’t paying attention to anything.