Halloween is coming and with that Zombies. Zombies have been around for a very long time — but even more than ever it seems over the past decade, from T.V. shows (yes, we are Walking Dead fans) to paraphernalia. So being it is almost Halloween, that got me thinking… Is there anything about zombies we don’t know at this point?
So I did some digging and found out that:
- The English word “zombie” is first recorded in 1819 in a history of Brazil by the poet Robert Southey, in the form of “zombi”.
- The first zombies come from Haitian folklore and are not roaming around without purpose. They remain under the control of the bokor or sorcerer as their personal slaves, since they have no will of their own, via Vodou spells — also known as Voodoo.
- Feeding salt to a zombie will restore the person to freedom. Based on Haitian folklore the zombie will not become a living person again but will return to the grave.
- Unlike Haitian Voodoo zombies, toxic zombies (thanks to the atomic age, radiation/nuke fears and chemical warfare) are zombies who have come back to life through radiation, exposure to a virus, or poisonous chemical leaks and are uncontrollable.
- The first legitimate zombie film was made in 1932. Victor Halperin directed White Zombie, a horror film starring Bela Lugosi (who was paid only $800 for the role) and introduced the word “zombie” to the wider world.
- What we know as “zombies” today come directly from George A. Romero’s seminal film Night of the Living Dead (1968) even though the word zombie is not used in in the movie, but was applied later by fans.
- Funniest Zombie Movie: Shaun of the Dead – 2008. Worst Zombie Movie: a tie between Zombie Strippers – 2008 (Judi saw this on IFC the other night and said it was so bad it was funny) and Zombies, Zombies, Zombies – 2008 .
- October 8th is World Zombie Day.
- The acronym for zombie is RLF: Reanimated Life Form.
- What are fans of zombies called? Zombophiles.
- Germany has the worst zombies. They are called the Nachtzehrer (night eater/chewer/gnawer) and are both zombie and vampire. This creature will gnaw on parts of its own body before seeking other victims to feed upon.
- Canadian researchers studied the Zombie Apocalypse scenario and concluded only a fast aggressive extermination response would work. (News Flash?) Taking an urban population of only 500,000 as an example, without such a response after 8 days civilization as we know it would not bounce back.
- The minimal requirements to survive a zombie apocalypse?
- 90 days worth of nonperishable food.
- 90 days worth of drinkable water.
- At least one firearm with 1,000 to 10,000 rounds of ammunition.
- A gasoline electricity generator with 4 weeks worth of fuel
- A sturdy melee/close combat weapon combined with some form of martial arts/close combat training.
That’s all you need? Hell, if that’s the case, most guys I know don’t have to worry — about zombies anyway!
As we do each year, now through Halloween my one-of-a-kind Zombie Apocalypse Bio Hazard bracelet is on sale for only $15.00 – that’s 23% off (maybe start thing “holidays”?)! I use only mil-spec MIL-C-5040H type III requirement 550 paracord with our Stainless Steel Laser Cut Bio Hazard Medallion. Great addition to any costume!
We’re starting this sale today to give you enough time to order and get your bracelet in time to wear on the the big day — October 31st!
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If you wear our bracelet to a Halloween party, send us the pics showing our bracelet and we’ll give you a discount code for your next order! “Eat, drink and be scary!”
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