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Why A Zombie Outbreak (Apocalypse) Will Never Happen
When people think of zombie attacks they typically think of half the world already infected and only a small band of survivors are holding strong defending the existence of man. This article will look into why a zombie apocalypse just isn't realistic. For this hub i will define a zombie as an "undead" being who walks around slow and aimlessly until they find food. The only way of infecting others is by biting. Ok, so let's start looking at why a zombie attack can't happen.
THEY CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH... I mean Heat
Many people fail to remember that zombies are actually dead flesh. And what does dead flesh do? That's right it rots.Flesh bloats when it is dead because bacteria produce gas. When it is hot out the bacteria reproduce more quickly causing more gas, and more bloating. Eventually what happens is that these bloated zombies can't take any more gas and actually explode from all the pressure sending rotten zombie meat everywhere. Pretty gross right?
When a zombie outbreak occurs they go for other meat to infect. Why does everyone automatically assume humans are the only source of meat on the planet? Doesn't dogs, lions, gorillas, and every other animal on this earth have meat? Naturally some of these other animals might be subject to chomping on by a zombie. However, a lot of other animals like meat too. And isn't a slow moving brainless meat stick sound good to a pack of wolves or any other animal that likes to eat flesh?
Another reason zombies can't survive is because they have too many natural predators. It would probably be the easiest prey on land for something like a wolf or a lion. And not to mention, aren't vultures attracted to dead meat? While zombies wonder around aimlessly there'd be a vulture or two just eating it alive (or dead in this case). Coupled with another reason we'll get into later it'll be very hard for a zombie to stay alive to infect another person.
Where Do They Go?
Let's say that a zombie apocalypse did happen. It would be impossible for it to start on all 7 continents, so how would it go from one to another. Let's say the outbreak originated in Australia and the whole continent was infected... Now what? There would be no way for the zombies to travel to any other continent and spread the disease. Zombies can't swim an entire ocean, and unless they somehow learned to pilot and land planes to other continents they would be stuck on one continent. Eventually they would all die and all 6 continents would be untouched. Unless a zombie was hiding in a suitcase of a vacationer than there is no realistic way zombies can travel from continent to continent.
A big reason why a zombie outbreak wouldn't spread is because... It wouldn't spread! Everyone agrees that the textbook zombie always spreads it's disease by biting. Well this is a horrible way to spread disease! When is the last time a human got rabbis from a squirrel and then infected half the population on earth? It never happened because biting is such a bad way to spread any disease. I've never heard of a disease spread by bite or saliva that actually did much harm. In fact I've never heard of a disease like that, that caused any harm! Why? Because this is a horrible way to spread disease.
Diseases that turn into epidemics always have something in common: the means of transportation. Big diseases that spread and form epidemics are carried by water or air. And the nasty ones are carried by both. Another reason biting is a horrible way to transport a disease is because we know exactly who has the disease. With airborne diseases anyone can have it and no one would know who it is. Well if we're looking in a crowd and we're trying to see who's a zombie and we see someone biting someone else... I think we have a winner.
Zombies Can't Heal!
Let's pretend that all of the previous factors were overcome and there was a small zombie outbreak. Think of all the damage that zombies take on a daily basis, tripping over sidewalks, walking into buildings, falling off of bridges, and getting shot... Now realize that they can't heal! Every scratch, bruise and gunshot adds up until they just can't function. Zombies could be one fall away from never getting up.
Another major factor is that they can't feel pain. Many people mistake this for being invincible. Just because a zombie doesn't feel pain doesn't mean a gunshot or a frying pan to the head doesn't do any damage. There is a more realistic situation that recently occurred that proves this. In Miami, where the "zombie" which was a man who was under the influence of some powerful drugs was found chewing another man's face off. When cops arrived they shot him once without him even flinching, this showed that he had superhuman strength, and could not feel pain. However when the cops shot him a second and third time the "zombie" collapsed and was killed. This shows that not feeling pain isn't always the best thing. What if you were in water while an electric current ran through it and you couldn't feel pain. You would basically be electrocuting yourself to death with no chance of getting out. This is why feeling pain is sometimes a good thing so you don't keep sitting on that sharp staple on your chair.
Humans Are Great Killers
When I say humans are unaturally good I mean it. Humans have drove other species to extinct without even trying! We possess weapons (that are completely available to the public) that would easily kill a zombie in one or two shots if placed correctly. Let's not forget about all the technology we possess. I would like to see a mob of zombies try to chew their way through a tank that's about to run them all over. We have pistols, rifles, machine guns, grenades, rockets, tanks, missiles... The list goes on and on. Basically if a zombie outbreak did somehow happen, military from around the world would easily put a stop to it.
Let's pretend that somehow an entire city was lost to the zombie outbreak. Almost everybody was infected and there's no point in trying to rescue anybody. Did someone forget we have nukes? If i'm not mistaken the U.S. flattened two cities in Japan during World War 2 with only 2 bombs. All it would take is for someone to give the order and we'd bomb the whole city, effectively wiping out any and all zombies in the blast radius. The fact is humans are great at killing things, and zombies are no exception.
While the idea of a zombie outbreak is very interesting, and to some people cool, there is really no chance it would happen. Even if it did all the previous factors explained why it wouldn't last. Most people don't realize an epidemic starts with one infected. It doesn't infect the entire world in a single day. Slowly, little by little more people would have to become infected, and it just isn't very likely. Humans are amazing at killing things and wouldn't let a little zombie outbreak change that. If you would like to continue with this idea and look at why Humans are the most dominant species on Earth, i made a hub here: http://ciccarone.hubpages.com/hub/Human-Dominance. If you have any comments about a zombie outbreak or have any counter reasons why a zombie outbreak could happen please comment below.