Top 10 Zombie Apocalypse Conspiracy Theories
FLAMEHORSE NOVEMBER 22, 2012
News about the zombie apocalypse is everywhere! It is a subject of discussion all across the Internet and in real life. People are preparing themselves for the first wave and paying close attention to the news for the pending outbreak. On a more serious note, this list looks at some of the many conspiracy theories that have arisen over the years with regards to zombies and the zombie apocalypse.
It is no secret that Nazis, with their modern, “perverted science,” as Churchill phrased it, feature prominently in conspiracy theory origins. It is also no secret that Josef Mengele devised some awesomely grotesque, despicable experiments carried out on Jewish guinea pigs. He repeatedly broke children’s limbs in the same place to see how long it would take before the bone simply would not heal. He performed irradiation of victims, then vivisections without anesthesia to study organ damage. He also liked to harm identical twins, to study whether one felt the other’s pain.
Conspiracy theorists – taking into account these surgeries, as well as Hitler’s and Himmler’s fascination with the occult and the supernatural – have concluded that there was a cooperative intent on creating zombies out of the captured Jews, Gypsies, et al. The conspiracy theorists believe that the Nazis intended to kill their bodies and most of their minds, leaving only the base functions of the cerebellum intact. Such people would serve two purposes; namely obeying the Nazis’ every order without hesitation, and showing the world the apparent inferiority of all non-Aryans. What the Nazis didn’t finish, it is understood the U. S. government will, drawing on Nazi research.
Mentioned in detail on a previous list, the Dulce Base is held by conspiracy theorists to be a secret underground medical research facility operated in part by aliens, whom the government allows to do what they want in exchange for advanced technology. Their research involves creating animal hybrids, like the minotaur and the centaur, by sewing dead animal carcasses together and then resurrecting them.
This subset of the theory contends that the aliens are also manufacturing human zombies, like Frankenstein’s monster, and that the government is, unbeknownst to the aliens, researching methods for growing either bacteria or a virus that can infect ordinary living humans and turn them into “the walking dead,” as it were. The infectious agent ties in with several other entries on this list.
This is no joke. In 1994, the Air Force, possibly in conjunction with the CIA, spent $100,000 of taxpayer money researching the feasibility of using homosexuality as a weapon. Their concept was to aerosol female sex pheromones over an enemy army, which might cause the soldiers to lose control of their libidos and have sex with each other. The U. S. military would then be able to overrun them more easily.
When this hit the Internet, the Air Force was ridiculed, but before you join in the banter – consider the principle behind this fact. Theorists are of the opinion that this idiotic “gay bomb” proposal was desperately idiotic, as in meant to distract the public from even more taxes funding some other top-secret research program. If the U. S. military is willing to investigate the psychoactive effects of human sex pheromones, it is no longer a giant leap to the investigation of infectious, psychoactive bacteria or viruses designed to kill every part of a person except the cerebellar functions. And if word of this investigation leaked, the Air Force could always act the part of the idiots they would once again appear to be.
In the same vein as #8, theorists strongly contend that rabies is the virus whose effects on the central nervous system most closely match the popular concept of the zombie. In fact, 97% of the world’s human rabies infections occur via dog bites. It has been all but eradicated in most countries with modern medicine. But the government has stockpiled every disease that has ever existed in varying amounts. This is defended as studying disease mutations to prepare for the worst.
But if we have rabies vaccine stockpiles, why do we bother keeping the disease? There is only one known strain of rabies virus, and it kills by only one method, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis). It is 100% fatal without treatment, and in the lead-up to death, causes the victim to go insane. Violent acts may or may not occur, but the person is no longer himself. He is something else.
If it were possible to keep such a person alive, his brain damage would be irreversible and almost total. Only the cerebellum would remain unscathed. If the cerebellum is inflamed, the person dies. Thus, theorists claim, the very existence of stockpiles of this virus proves the government’s intent to weaponize it, and the result can only be the complete “zombification” of human beings.
This is an ancillary theory to the imminent outbreak of the zombie virus. The government’s official explanation for the recall of all American military personnel from hostile countries is the de facto end of war on terrorism. “We got Bin Laden,” they say. “Why stay any longer? The war’s over. We win.”
Well, the war is not even close to over. Splinter cell terrorism is global and al-Qaeda, for one, still has its leaders, primarily al-Zawahiri. With Hamas and Iran as open, growing threats to Israel, the U. S. strangely appears to be abandoning its Jewish ally. The real reason for our military’s sudden return to full strength at home is, of course, hush-hush. It has to do with the government’s knowledge of an infectious agent capable of killing and then reviving humans as mindless cannibals. The troops are abandoning foreign terrorism and being brought back in anticipation of the agent escaping into an urban environment.
Earlier this year, the Social Security Administration touched off a media firestorm when they were discovered to be buying well over 200,000 rounds of hollow-point and hydra-shok pistol ammunition in a single purchase. The SSA has its own, self-governed police force, paid to protect the SSA offices and personnel. Millions of citizens, especially those over 65 years old, demanded to know why. It appeared that the SSA was preparing for a major incident of self-defense, but their official explanation was that their police force required ammunition to practice at gun ranges, that the order had nothing to do with anticipating any impending disaster.
The public didn’t buy this answer, remarking that ammunition for target practice is almost always full metal jacket, which is much cheaper. Hollow point ammunition is about $1 per round. Hydra-shok rounds are hollow points with extra barbs inside, and are extremely expensive, averaging about $80 for a box of 50. The two rounds are designed for extra stopping power, and are wasted on paper targets.
Conspiracy theorists, of course, make the next giant leap, claiming that emails were leaked to the SSA from another department of the government concerning an imminent danger of civil unrest. This will be precipitated by the collapse of the nation’s infrastructure due to a compromise in the security of a military research program on infectious diseases classified above top-secret. It is understood that many departments of the government are making such preparations and that the SSA is the only one that has been caught doing so.
The most well known type of this viral disease is nicknamed “Mad Cow Disease.” There are thousands of strains of encephalopathy, and many of them can be transmitted to humans. Humans are very rarely infected – about 1 in a million per year – but the disease is 100% fatal and there is no known cure, vaccine, or treatment. This is where conspiracy theorists shout, “Military value.”
Their claim is that the military has long been hard at work researching methods by which to infect enemy soldiers with any of a number of these encephalopathies. They all operate in the same way, deteriorating the tissue of the brain by eating tiny holes through it. The brain eventually looks like swiss cheese, and the person’s mental state consequently degenerates into dementia and quite frequently aggressive violence. If the infection eats through the centers of the brain that control ethics, the person no longer acts like himself, but like a monster. The last part of the brain to be invaded is invariably the cerebellum, thus maintaining life for as long as possible.
Stem-cell research is a great idea. In a nutshell, stem cells can divide into any specialized cells and can automatically propagate more cells. Thus, they could, in theory, be used to cure incurable diseases, such as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, cerebral palsy, maybe even HIV; and most famously, they can be used to regrow nerve tissue, enabling quadriplegics to walk again. The latter is a reality since 2003, when a simple injection healed a Korean paraplegic; within 3 weeks, she was standing and walking for the first time in 19 years.
But conspiracy theorists are quick to argue that thanks to stem cells, the leap to the undead is just a baby step, given the medical establishment’s official boast of immortality by the 2030s. Theorists claim that stem cells are the final step in realizing the horror fantasy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. In her novel, the only two details missing from the operation to resurrect a dead body are how to reconnect nerve tissue, and how to counteract brain death. A defibrillator can only revive a person if the brain’s cells are still alive. To this end, the government is actively researching the value of stem cells in reanimating dead brains.
If stem cells are injected into one, they can assume the form and operations of neurons, most importantly those of the cerebellum, which controls all involuntary functions of the body. Only the centers for walking and balance would be revived, enabling brain life while providing only a single effective target; such a resurrected corpse could be shot in the heart and keep attacking. And if stem cells can be used to cure incurable diseases, theorists maintain that they can just as easily be used to create infectious diseases.
Here is a true story of a zombie, Clairvius Narcisse. He was born in Haiti in 1922. Details of his death or current whereabouts are not widely known, but on 2 May 1962, he was found unresponsive in his home and presumed dead, buried, but exhumed by unknown parties as punishment for breaking a Haitian code of honor.
He was administered regular doses of jimson weed, which causes extreme hallucinations and a form of hypnosis, under which influence the user will obey any order. Narcisse was enslaved on a sugar plantation until the owner and the witchdoctor controlling Narcisse died, after which he was given no more doses of the poison. He eventually regained his health, and reunited with his family.
This is all fact. But no one is certain whether there is any combination of drugs which can render someone dead in all aspects except brain death. The general opinion is that a minute amount of bufotoxin and tetrodotoxin, derived from the cane toad and the pufferfish, respectively, halted all Narcisse’s bodily functions except consciousness in his cerebellum.
Conspiracy theorists take this a step further, claiming that the government thought that these toxins in combination with jimson weed would be a great idea for a weapon, went on to fully develop such a weapon, and stockpiled huge reserves of it for the purpose of biological warfare.
On 26 May 2012, Rudy Eugene, a 31-year-old high school graduate with entrepreneurial ambitions, attacked Ronald Edward Poppo, a 65-year-old homeless man, at random on an on-ramp of MacArthur Causeway, under an elevated train. Eugene was seen by hundreds of witnesses and security cameras crossing the bridge, west to east, in his car, where at the east end, it broke down. He began walking back across the bridge around 12:00 PM, taking 2 hours to walk the 3-mile span. The attack began at just before 2:00 PM.
Without provocation, Eugene, having stripped himself completely naked while walking the bridge, tossed away his Bible and assaulted Poppo, who was lying on the cement. Eugene gouged out both of his eyes and stripped off his pants, then choked him into unconsciousness. He then ate Poppo’s face, from the beard to the hairline, including one eye and his nose. This assault lasted 18 minutes and was filmed via security camera from the Miami Herald Building, and posted on the Internet. A summoned police officer shouted at Eugene to stop, who growled in response and resumed. The officer shot him once in the upper back with a .40 S&W hollow point, a very powerful pistol round. This had no effect, so the officer shot him 4 more times, killing him.
The official autopsy listed marijuana as the only drug in hs bloodstream, but his actions are inconsistent with marijuana’s effects. The popular term “bath salts” was taken up by media around the world as the culprit. “Bath salts” is slang for cathinones, which are psychoactive stimulants similar to methamphetamines. They are more powerful than LSD, and can cause a person to become instantly insane and superhuman, albeit at the expense of destroying the mind and a large portion of the body with only one use.
But the autopsy found no such drugs in Eugene’s system, and then the story rather quickly faded into obscurity. Conspiracy theorists argue that the government immediately covered it up, because the government has created a drug or virus which will cause violent, cannibalistic behavior in anyone, no matter how responsible and self-controlled. This is the singular event that has, for most conspiracy theorists, cinched the zombie apocalypse as entirely real and very near.
The fact that Eugene’s friends and family all testified that he was thoroughly even-tempered and sociable is a central tenet of the theory. An infectious agent was either accidentally released into Eugene’s body, or deliberately tested on him. All evidence of it was either untraceable, or erased from the autopsy. Although he was not “undead,” and Poppo has not yet shown symptoms of infection, this was just Stage I of a drug or virus currently under development as a weapon to create zombies.
CHICKEN LIVES FOR A YEAR AND A HALF. WITHOUT A HEAD. TRUE STORY.
When something is dead, it’s dead. It is a cliff, that once fallen off, can not be scaled again.
But is it… really?
For your consideration, I give you Mike the Headless Chicken. While this might sound like a headline ripped from your trashiest news rag, this is essentially the headline from a highly regarded US publication in the 1940′s that covered this story (LIFE with Mike the Headless Chicken: Photos of a Famously Tough Fowl, to be exact. Time Magazine also covered this story.)
The media has published hundreds of photos, interviewed hundreds of witnesses, and hundreds of people had viewed this marvel. This was by no means a fabrication– this fowl survived without its head for 18 months.
On September 10, 1945, farmer Lloyd Olsen of Fruita, Colorado, made a poor attempt at beheading a chicken for dinner, and left the decapitated chicken body with most of its brain stem. The bird, though clumsy at first, was eventually able to perch and preen and attempted to crow, though the crowing consisted mostly of a gurgling sound made in its throat. Olsen cared for the bird by feeding it with an eyedropper and small grains of corn through its neck hole.
Mike the Headless Chicken eventually became a celebrity in sideshows, earning the owner a significant amount of money. Of course, as could be expected, copycats were attempted, but none were successful. It was truly lightning in a bottle.
Mike died in a less dramatic fashion. He actually choked to death on a piece of his food. I guess he also couldn’t perform the international sign for choking (which is holding your hands together under one’s chin. Without hands and a head, that would have been difficult).
This is a good example of central motor generators enabling basic homeostatic functions to be carried out in the absence of the cerebral cortex.
CYBORG JELLYFISH WITH RAT HEARTS PAVES THE WAY TO REBUILT HUMAN BODIES
Researchers at Caltech and Harvard have been doing some very interesting work in bio-engineering entire organisms using various tissues from animals and applying them to synthetic material, such as as silicone. The experiment in question here, is the creation of a synthetic jellyfish, created from individual rat heart cells and silicone. The researchers printed a pattern made of protein onto the silicone membrane that resembled the muscle architecture in the real animal. The protein pattern served as a road map for growth and organization of the dissociated rat tissue that retained the ability to contract—into a coherent swimming muscle. Their creation has been dubbed Medusoid. These researchers note that the pumping motion of the jellyfish mimics in many ways the pumping of the human heart, and could lead to a pacemaker made with biological elements. John Dabiri, professor of aeronautics and bioengineering at Caltech:
We’re re-imagining how much we can do in terms of synthetic biology. A lot of work these days is done to engineer molecules, but there is much less effort to engineer organisms. I think this is a good glimpse into the future of re-engineering entire organisms…
I’m pleasantly surprised at how close we are getting to matching the natural biological performance, but also that we’re seeing ways in which we can probably improve on that natural performance. The process of evolution missed a lot of good solutions.
That last statement sounds like something straight out of every horror/monster movie. “Yeah, evolution is just not good enough. We can do better”. Oh, and the researchers are planning on adding feeding capabilities, so that Medusoid could become a completely self-contained organism that could live for years out in the wild!
an interesting topic that deserve a read i think, link to the picture of the corpse here > http://zombieresearchsociety.com/archives/16913
WALKING DEAD OF TANA TORAJA & THE BRITISH CORPSE ROADS
We have had considerable interest in the research we have done regarding the “Walking Dead of Tana Toraja.” (Past articles for reference are HERE and HERE). So much so, that we felt it deserved further investigation. And what we have dug up is fascinating, leading all the way from Indonesia to Great Britain.
Just to recap. A photo surfaced a while back on the internet, that was reported to be the photo of what was described as a “Rolang” (you can view that photo HERE)– which literally means “the corpse who stands up.” It was suggested that it was a photo taken of a funeral ritual in which the body of a dead person, who had died and was mystically revived (likely by a shaman) so that they may walk back to their place of birth, and be “buried” there.
Additionally, information included that the walking corpse was accompanied by a handler and was generally using specific paths where there would be little traffic. These paths were generally more or less straight– and the walking corpse would walk purposefully on his or her course. Should him or her and the handler encounter anyone on their way, the person was to make no effort to touch or communicate with the deceased. Should that occur, the body was said to collapse (or disappear).
All of this, of course sounds pretty incredible, and once again, in the name of science, pretty unbelievable. But what is fascinating is how these rituals came about, why this is still so widely believed, and how they have migrated half way around the globe.
In Toraja society, death rituals are more important than life rituals. So the funeral ritual is a most elaborate and expensive event. The richer and more powerful the individual, the more expensive the funeral. In their animism belief system, only nobles have the right to have an extensive death feast.
Animism is the worldview that natural physical entities—including animals, plants, and often even inanimate objects or phenomena—possess a spiritual essence.Many animistic cultures (including that of the Toraja people) observe some form of ancestor reverence. Whether they see the ancestors as living in an other world, or embodied in the natural features of this world, animists often believe that offerings and prayers to and for the dead are an important facet of maintaining harmony with the world of the spirits.
As this ritual is so important, it can take, in some cases months or even years for the family to save enough funds to pay for the elaborate ritual. The deceased are wrapped in cloth and preserved (in their “sleeping stage”), usually using formalin (essentially formaldehyde)– though a variation of leaves was used historically.
When the dead are eventually laid to rest, they are placed in a cave or in a carved stone grave, or hung on a cliff or mountain/hill. Why a cliff?? Because that’s where the Hyang is found (more on the Hyang below). Suffice it to say, it is a powerful supernatural spirit.
This brings us to the spiritual connection of the “walking dead.”
First, let me say that I in no way believe, that there are corpses walking between villages and towns in Tana Toraja. Sorry– that might disappoint some people, but we are not a sensationalist organization– we do aim to investigate and educate. I do believe that the “walking dead of Tana Toraja” is a melding of two traditions or rituals. It’s easy to see how this could happen when a few language and cultural barriers are crossed.
The actual transportation of the deceased between villages, etc, along what can be described as “corpse roads” in English tradition (also explained further down) to their places of birth (as is Tana Toraja tradition) was likely engulfed in spirituality and superstition. I can not imagine it would make sense to carry the dead upright (as if they were standing) and made to appear to walk. Horizontal transportation makes the most sense. I could see that touching the dead could cause consternation for the superstitious people though.
The actual “walking” part of the dead appears to happen during the ritual of Ma ‘Nene’ (The Ceremony of Cleaning Corpses). Out of respect for their dead and afterlife, the boxes containing the dead are removed from the tombs (every few years), the corpses are removed from the boxes, and are cleaned and re-dressed. Damaged boxes are fixed or replaced. In videos I have seen (including the one in this previous article), the dead seem to be exhibited and paraded around, as if they they were alive.
I have recently discovered that this same tradition is practiced in places like Madagascar, where the viral disease of the bubonic plague is still highly present. (The bubonic plague is better known as the “Black Plague or Death” of the 14th century that killed as many as 200 million people. Thought to be irradiated, it is still prevalent in many places in the world (including parts of the US)). It is believed that the fleas and virus (on rats) that carry the disease can continue to live on the corpse for perhaps several years, and when the body is exhumed for cleaning, etc, the virus is transferred to those of the living.
Hyang is an unseen spiritual entity that has supernatural power in ancient Indonesian mythology. This spirit can be either divine or ancestral. In modern Indonesian this term tends to be associated with gods, devata, or God.
Hyangs are believed to inhabit high places, such as mountains, hills, and volcanoes. These mountainous regions are considered as sacred realm, as the abode of gods and the resting place for the soul of the ancestors.
Hyang are said to only move in straight lines. Accordingly, for example, traditional Balinese buildings have a wall called an aling-aling just inside the doorway, which keeps the spirits out because they only move in straight lines, and hence bounce off. Similar beliefs are found in other spiritual traditions, as in British corpse roads.
British Corpse Roads
Corpse roads provided a practical means for transporting corpses, often from remote communities, to cemeteries that had burial rights, such as parish churches. In Britain, such routes can also be known by a number of other names: bier road, burial road, coffin road, coffin line, lyke or lych way, funeral road, procession way, corpse way,etc. Such “church-ways” have developed a great deal of associated folklore regarding wraiths, spirits, revenants, ghosts, etc.
These roads’ purpose was much like those used in Tana Toraja– but for slightly different reasons. Differing Catholic ministers instituted corpse roads connecting outlying locations and their mother churches (at the heart of parishes) that alone held burial rights. For some parishioners, this decision meant that corpses had to be transported long distances, sometimes through difficult terrain. Usually a corpse had to be carried unless the departed was a wealthy individual.
The essence of deep-rooted spirit lore is that supposed spirits of one kind or another – spirits of the dead, phantasms of the living, wraiths, move through the physical landscape along special routes. In their ideal, pristine form, at least, such routes are conceived of as being straight, having something in common with ley lines. By the same token, convoluted or non-linear features hinder spirit movement i.e. labyrinths and mazes.
Interestingly, many of these Corpse Roads/Church-way paths are now major roads in England.
By the way, ley lines are straight hypothetical lines that some believe connect magnet fields and or energy to a complex grid, and have been used by everything from the Egyptians and Druids to aline structures and roads, to nature itself.
Spirits or ghosts were said to fly along on a direct course close to the ground, so a straight line connecting two places was kept clear of fences, walls, and buildings to avoid obstructing the flitting specters. The paths would run in a straight line over mountains and valleys and through marshes. In towns, they would pass the houses closely or go right through them. The paths end or originate at a cemetery; therefore, such a path or road was believed to have the same characteristics as a cemetery, where spirits of the deceased thrive.
The corpse roads were left unploughed and it was considered very bad luck if for any reason a different route had to be taken.
So, aside from creating winding road that would keep the spirits and dead from coming back, other minor ritualistic means of preventing the return of the dead person included ensuring that the route the corpse took to burial would take it over bridges or stepping stones across running water which spirits could not cross. The living took pains to prevent the dead from wandering the land as lost souls or animated corpses, for the belief in revenants was widespread in mediæval Europe. Another widespread custom, for example, were that the feet of the corpse be kept pointing away from the family home on its journey to the cemetery.
Here’s a nice “zombie-esque” reference: In Ireland, the féar gortach (“hungry grass”/”violent hunger”) is said to grow at a place where an unenclosed corpse was laid on its way to burial. This is thought to be a permanent effect and anyone who stands on such grass is said to develop insatiable hunger. One such place is in Ballinamore and was so notorious that the woman of the nearby house kept a supply of food on hand for victims.
A corpse candle or light is a disembodied flame or ball of light, often blue, that is seen to travel just above the ground on the route from the cemetery to the dying person’s house and back again, and is particularly associated with Wales. A corpse fire is very similar, as the name comes from lights appearing specifically within graveyards where it was believed the lights were an omen of death or coming tragedy and would mark the route of a future funeral, from the victim’s house to the graveyard, where it would vanish into the ground at the site of the burial. The appearance was often said to be on the night before a death. Other names for this phenomenon are will-o’-the-wisps, Jack O’ Lantern, St. Elmo’s Fire. Natural explanations have been hypothesized for this phenomenon, including ball lightning, swamp gas, and even barn owls.
By the way, Corpse roads or paths have been found all over the world, not just Britain and Tana Toraja. They have also been found in places like Costa Rica, Sweden, and China.
So, concluding this essay…
Some of the rituals in Tana Toraja do not seem so isolated. There appears to be an interesting coincidence (or spreading) of phenomenon and/or beliefs that goes beyond that country. Straight lines of energy and spirituality seem to play an interesting role and their similar beliefs in the dead and deceased. The ritualistic burying and exhuming, celebration and then re-burying seems to be a tradition that flies in the face of the fear of dying– or maybe a snub. There are no walking dead wandering through the jungles of Tana Toraja, but the traditions are very real, and still celebrated. To these people, their ancestors never die. Death is something they do not fear. Maybe there’s something Western Society could learn. I don’t think it’s a good idea to dig up grandma every year or two and change her into a new nighty, but there is something deeper at work here that we could learn.
Or, the cynical side of me says it’s just all great for tourism.
i came across a website of various things….it contains merchandise for zombie fans but also post strange anomalys that has happened within our world, worth a small look?
Zombies are all the rage, and they have been for a few years now. The inevitable zombie apocalypse has inspired more products and designs than we can count, but none of us actually think a zombie apocalypse is possible, right? Scientists have come out many times and said that it would be impossible for our bodies to walk around after we’re dead moaning and craving fresh flesh and brains. I mean, sure, after we’re dead a body part might spasm for a moment or something, but that is light years away from how we would imagine ourselves zombified.
I recently read an interesting article here on Primer Magazine called 5 Reasons The Zombie Apocalypse Will Never Come To Pass. It was insightful and somewhat convincing, but at the same time, I’ll admit that television shows like The Walking Dead almost make it seem so realistic that you might start to wonder. So, maybe a zombie apocalypse is possible after all. This new video byAsapScience has been creating quite a stir over the past few days. It gives a brief explanation for how zombies could actually exist and be scientifically accurate, sort of.
The thing is, zombies in the sense of dead people coming back to life are not possible. However, very alive people who exhibit a zombie-like state is possible. It would have to be caused by a very specific virus, and that virus would have to enter through our noses since our noses lead to the part of the brain which would have to be affected in order for us to transform into super hungry brain dead beings who don’t recognize friends or family. Before I explain it all wrong, just watch this video. It will blow your mind, and then you might think a zombie apocalypse is possible after all. If aliens wanted to wreak havoc on our planet and change life as we know it, they could put this virus into the air for us all to sniff up. I know, it’s a long shot, but you never know…