When will the zombie apocalypse happen?

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With some of our readers’ favorite Walking Dead spin off ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ premiering in a couple weeks, we thought we’d let you know when the zombie apocalypse will happen.  Hogwash you say? Oh ye of little imagination, let usCrow tell you some of the reasons you could possibly wake up to the zombie apocalypse at your doorstep…

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Is the Zombie Apocalypse possible?

Aside from the hand of God, most think the zombie apocalypse is not possible at all.  I on the other hand never feel anything is outside the range of possibility.  My personal belief is the collective consciousness of humanity, in conjunction with scientific realities  is a very strong force to be reckoned with.  Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy, or just bad luck, but the zombie apocalypse is more than possible.  Let me tell you why…

Reactivating dead brain cells…

If you’ve seen one zombie movie, you know the most common thread throughout all zombie movies is the reactivation of dead brain cells, bringing a corpse to it’s feet to walk among the living.  Theory being when a corpse’s brain gets reanimated, motor functions and the desire to eat is the only thing that remains producing the flesh-eating zombies you all know and love.

Reactivating dead brain cells sounds completely crazy right, and would never happen in a million years right? Incorrect.  Over a decade ago, in an effort to treat patients’ with Alzheimer’s and Down’s Syndrome Jonathan Cooper successfully reactivated dead brain cells at Stanford University by infusing NGF (nerve growth factor) proteins directly into rodents.  Now here’s where my inner tinfoil comes out.  Reactivating dead brain cells is a big deal, and you’d assume such a monumental achievement would mean grants, more research, or tenoir right?  After Cooper’s achievement in 2001 the research went dark, and Cooper became very hard to find.  It kind of makes you wonder, did the research stop or did the research go off the books?  Either way, not only is reactivating dead brain cells possible, but it has been achieved.  

Viral outbreak…

In almost every zombie movie there’s obviously the zombie and their bite, which further spreads the disease turning its victim into one of the walking dead.  How possible is it? Now that we know reactivating dead brain cells is possible, all we need to do is to dress up the reality with a viral strand that transfers through human body fluids (i.e. the saliva in a zombie’s bite).  Before you comment below and tell me about Ebola Zombies in Monrovia, please know this is not what I’m talking about..


In the movie Quarantine Jennifer Carpenter plays the flirty news reporter who’s thrown into a hellish apartment complex where the tenants are infected with a highly evolved strain of rabies, making them go totally ape shit and kill everything living.  But again, how possible is it?  Rabies is a contagious and fatal viral disease of dogs and other mammals that causes madness and convulsions, transmissible through the saliva to humans.  Rabies is continuously evolving and if you track the epidemiology and various mutations of rabies, you can easily see this virus is trying to make it up the food chain to a host that will spread the virus more efficiently i.e. human.  Were such a strain ever to make it to the human population, the strain would need to stop killing its hosts so fast, a problem it’s been having as of late seeing how we still have no cure for it.  While this may not be the zombie apocalypse you had in mind, it’s one of the most similar and realistic zombie apocalypse scenarios you could face.

Agent Z…

We all know about Agent Orange, but what about Agent Z?  Even after the U.S. bioweapons division officially shut down circa 1969, our government still ‘unofficially’ continued to test, and even produce more lethal toxins like anthrax and botulism. While neither of these qualify as undead agents, what I’m concerned with is what we don’t know.

the crazies

The government has always had a fascination with mind control (go figure), such as MK Ultra that provided a foundation of research for the CIA’s (central intelligence agency) current interrogation methods.  Not only that, but the government has a bad rep for testing its biological toys on unsuspecting service members and civilians.  Back in ‘66 the US Army even released various strains of bacteria into the Chicago and New York water systems to test our ‘vulnerability to biological attacks’..

So the question has to be asked, what happens when they go too far? What happens when US Bioweapons or CDC create a biological agent or toxin that causes psychosis throughout an entire population?  Agent Z could be a federally hosted mashup of genetically supercharged bacteria that pushes an entire city to cannibalize itself, or not. Who knows, but I’m old enough not to put anything past the government.


2370393_origWhen thinking about the zombie apocalypse you rarely consider disease as the catalyst, even though parasites have their merits.  Whether it’s a parasite or a protein, both have the potential to turn humans into raging lunatics.  Bovine spongiform encephalopathy or ‘Mad Cow Disease’ in humans is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) and is eerily similar to the same symptoms the undead would exhibit.  The infectious proteins that cause vCJD do not independently evolve as aggressively as viral strains, and it takes a year to produce the worse symptoms (myoclonic jerk, dementia, impaired thinking, insomnia) so don’t take cow brains off your dinner menu just yet.

If vCJD doesn’t blow your skirt up how about toxoplasma gondii? Toxoplasma gondii is a single celled parasite that already infects over sixty million people throughout the world.  Don’t freak out just yet, as it currently stands the parasitic protozoan hasn’t mutated into an aggressive disease just yet, and is still very treatable.  The only thing that gets this parasite on the list is its infection rate and its ability to cause severe brain damage in ‘worse case scenarios’

Ready to nail your windows shut?

If you are use screws not nails, genius.  However, you can hold off on sealing yourself away from the world just yet.  As you can see every single possibility we listed simply provides the parameters needs for a zombie apocalypse, but any one element by itself in its current state will not bring about the end of all life as we know it.  Sure, with a mutation here, an aggressive strain there, and a little help from nature’s biggest masochist we could see something similar to a zombie apocalypse.  We know some of you secretly want the end to come but unfortunately guys you’re going to have to wait, keeping your bunker full, and your ear to the ground…

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147 thoughts on “When will the zombie apocalypse happen?

  1. hi im 6 an imm ready an supper egsited 4 th zombir apalipsc any1 wna team up withh me?/????/??//??!!!?!!!!11!!!!!!!!11

  2. gus im 7 an i supor egcited abot th zombir apalypsq any 1 wna team up wih me??//??///??????/???

  3. I am currently located here in Philippines and I was hoping that it will reach up to here but, most of the people out here doesnt really care about the zombie apocalypse so our country is dam f*** up.

    • Wait did the zombie apocalypse already start because all my hide outs r done and my survival bag is packed and I’m waiting to see one zombie in PA so then I know it’s go time but if the zombie apocalypse did not start then when is it going to start????

  4. It’s fake it will never dam happen.the people who think that watch too many zombie movies cause we made the zombies up so there fake yes people out there do try too eat people but it can not.pass cause it’s not a virus so if there get out of the insane asylum there can’t give it too u have u ever thought we have a milliary that will protect us like really come on if it did happen it would happen too people in little groups the whole city won’t get out of hand it will never happen so stop getting your hopes up

    • And all you little kids would be fighten to death cause trust me if it really happen it won’t be a cup of tea it’s bad and you would wish i t never did happen I’m sorry but just cause you train for 15 years does not mean u will survive same with the game one because u could make a wrong move then you would be dead we are God dam human we will make mistakes

    • It actually happen because it’s happened twice once to a homeless man the other to a person sharing a room with another person. So don’t call it fake when you don’t have your facts straight.

  5. I’m 9 and I love zombie stuff and I wanna kill one so badly.I have a list of weapons in category:Assault Rifle will be the AAC Honybadger after.SMG will be the MP5.Knife will be Kukuri.Blunt will be a baseball bat.Sword will be a machete.Then that’s weapons you will need.Use these to survive the Zombie apocolpse also a shotgun would be Spas-12.

  6. Plz plz start a zombie apocalypse cuz ive been watching alot of zombie movies and shows im ready to kill zombies im not scared im 12 and im really ready so start it now plz ive been waiting for 3 years now plz start it

    • I scrolled through the comments and i agree i want it to happen to but i saw a lot of kids that say there ten and stuff and ready think bout it wat bout ur family now idk maybe ur like me and wouldnt give a fuck but think plot first thats wat ive done ik where im gonna go and how to survive im 15 and ive done research in dis stuff and i wanna b the one to cause it

      • Yes my parents would die in the first 10 min of the apocalypse I’m 14 I already have a group of 5 would you mind if me and my group came and joined you I’m 14 and I am ready for it to happen so please if you don’t mind me and my group coming tell me where you meet and I’ll help everyone in the group will do there share of work as will I and I can snipe if you need a sniper so please let us come

  7. guys dont expect the best. this could be completely different and they could just not die die at all or they could look different and there could be no cure,…but now dont get me wrong here. i know everyone including me here wants to smash the crap out of zombies brains so all im saying is that this could be completely different.

    • My opinion is that you all are crazy we made the dam thing up and u don’t think right in the head it will never happen yes we do have zombie like people out there but It won’t spread cause there humans

  8. I’m 11 and I hope the zombie apocalypse will happen. Although I don’t have a bag of supplies, but my dad is in the army and he could get as many guns and supplies as we need. We have alot of guns at home to make sure everyone has a weapon. Also, I believe the zombie apocalypse will happen because of one of the two ways 1) If someone gets a wond (like getting a arm cut off) and they lose too much blood most of the brain cells will die and cause them to turn into a zombie 2) The zombie apocalypse haopens and they could get bit.

    • I’m 10 and it is the same but my dad is retired and 400 miles away right now. I am a girl and i do in fact know a lot. I have many weapons and a lot of supplies. I live in a decently populated area: Alaska. I have a full note book full of plans and ECT. If you need help just Lmk (Let Me Know)

  9. I am 10 year old girl it will happen.I have a supply bag I’m ready,not even scared.if u want to join me. Your welcome I have more pipe tubes.we moved to zla place were zombies will come first.my duty is to protect my little 2 year old sis.when we get our big dog we will stay together

  10. There actually making recycled brain cells…. Stupid… Prepare your selves cause it’s gonna happen…

  11. watch out the zombie apocalypse could happen any second it is a disease
    the cause of it is because the scientist are finding these new brain bugs and people on icp which is a drug

  12. Go to jail people now becouse the zombie ivaizoin is stating my dad died becouse of a zombie attak

  13. I’m a zombie major/geek and the zombie apocalypse is actually gonna happen because I do research and if u want to contact me contact me at rileysummerrose@gmail.com to ask me any questions about the zombie apocalypse thank you bye have a great day

  14. I’m prepared for anything, zombies, civilians, or even threats. Im ready to give them mercy and let there souls be free to the gates of heaven or hell.

  15. I’m ready and I’ve trained for this for 15 years of my life. training with guns, knifes, daggers, bayonets, swords, bow and arrow, crossbow, hatchet, axe, combat axe, throwing axe, spears, etc. I trained and I think I am ready I personally think that blades are one of the best decision in the zombie apocalypse because unlike a gun, you never run out of ammunition, and that would be a huge problem, don’t you all agree? Anyways if you decapitated them there brain wouldn’t work without a brain stem or function the body at all, because your heart would stop and your breathing would stop without your brain stem. This proving that decapitation is the best method in the Z.A. But if you have a gun use it for the love of god. But be ready with melee weapons because those weapons will help you when you take out the zombies. And one final thing, I think that decapitation would work faster then shooting them like crazy. Thanks a lot everyone, good luck at not dying during the Z.A.

    • gah i wish you were apart of my Z.A team. anyway you are correct on everything, but if you are trying not to draw attention to your self or others of your group it would be best to have knives, swords, bow and arrow, along with everything else. just one walker is enough to handle with a blade or arrow but a gun shot would attract multiple walkers.

    • What? Decapitation wouldn’t kill a zombie because they wouldn’t be able to breathe. If they’re the walking dead, they already don’t breathe. You have to smash their brains in order to kill the zombie. And another thing, melee weapons can run out of “Ammunition” because melee weapons easily break. Swords, or metal baseball bats obviously wouldn’t. But still. Try thinking this out a little more before the big Z hits us, a’ight?

  16. It will Happen don’t you thank just thank about it one day a man I going to try to make people come back from the dead

  17. I have never based my survival on Hollywood movies, zombie or otherwise.
    as for “zombies” post SHTF, they will be the diseased, the dying, the addicted, the starving and the unprepared.
    give them as wide a berth as you can and if possible avoid them altogether.

  18. Short quote from article about Cooper’s work: He thinks that these cells do not in fact die, but instead switch off some of their genes, including the ones researchers use to detect them. “In some sense, they are the living dead,” he says.

    Link to the full article: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn1150-alzheimers-researchers-revive-dead-brain-cells/

    And this may be him at King’s College: https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/jon.cooper.html

    And this may be the article you are referring to (bottem of page 2 of his 100+ cited articles). I have not looked at any other of his more recent articles to see if he followed up on the NSF neuron regeneration quest. Still death=death unless the “death” is redefined.

  19. Curiously, a chemical agent, BZ was revealed in the 70’s, developed by the Feral Government. It is a exponentially more powerful version of LSD, that can be inhaled, ingested, or activated by mere skin contact, with very small quantities required to send you off on x? trips for weeks at a time.

    • Hmmm,skin contact.I,um,might know someone who used to put drops of liquid LSD on sugar cubes,just handling the cubes would send one on a “trip”.

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