r/AskReddit Sep 25 '22

what is often overlook in a zombie apocalypse?

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u/LiquidWeeb Sep 25 '22

That gasoline goes bad after a couple of years, and there isn't more being actively produced but the mfs keep driving somehow.

The only show that I remember addressing this is Last Man on Earth

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u/ConstableBlimeyChips Sep 25 '22

I've yet to see a zombie apocalypse that features bicycles prominently. The characters are always either taking a car (ignoring the point you make about gasoline) or walking on foot. Bicycles are reasonably fast, can traverse much rougher terrain than any car, are nearly completely quiet, require no consumables like oil or coolant, and maintenance is minimal.

Sure, the frame and components will eventually wear out and/or rust away, and the rubber tires won't last forever, but they'll still last years longer than any kind of car or other motorized transport.

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u/TheMeanderer Sep 25 '22

Doesn't the Walking Dead comic have people on bikes at the end? Not prominent but a nod at least.

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u/AbbreviationsVast751 Sep 25 '22

Ya, and I've never seen a zombie hop on a bike, you'll probably outpace any zombie chasing you.
Unless it's some I Am Legend zombies.

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u/BrenttheGent Sep 25 '22

Last man on earth brought this up-and showed regular gasoline was going bad, then years passed and they totally ignored it. They even brought it up once to make fun of the character that said it...but they kept driving.

They're still driving in the very last episode.

To me this is even worse, because they brought it up, and it goes from 'not being realistic" to being a plot hole.

They should have just switched to electric vehicles.

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u/1PooNGooN3 Sep 25 '22

It starts degrading after a couple months, it’s potentially bad gas in under a year without stabilizer and can ruin an engine

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u/SirKthulhu Sep 25 '22

Mosquitos and other pests like them could possibly transmit the zombie virus if it is one

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u/wolfram_eater Sep 25 '22

pests

The first city-wide zombie outbreak in Resident Evil series was indeed caused by (carrier) rats that spread them to the city's water supply.

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u/timesuck897 Sep 25 '22

During recessions, mosquito populations increase because of abandoned pools where they bred. In a zombie apocalypse, it would be worse.

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u/inksmudgedhands Sep 25 '22

How zombies would attract insects because they are rotting corpses. All zombies should be walking around completely covered with all sorts bugs. Flies of all varieties. Maggots. Roaches. Ants. Probably to the point that you barely see the zombie underneath. And because zombies would be used as moving buffets, they shouldn't last long at all. A week at most. Even after a few days, a zombie should have been eaten to the point that they couldn't move any more because the majority of leg muscles would be gone.

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u/Agreeable_Text_36 Sep 25 '22

Vultures and carrion crows too. All the things that eat road kill.

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u/Whiskey-Weather Sep 25 '22

Vultures and carrion crows too. All the things that eat road kill.

Would they get the impulse to feed on something still shambling about?

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u/Agreeable_Text_36 Sep 25 '22

"Carrion crows do eat meat, with a diet made up of small birds and their young, they also attack and kill larger birds. Crows are omnivores, so have a meat and plant based diet, with all the scraps found left over by people - as carrion, they will eat decaying dead animals." So are Zombies decaying dead animals? Discuss.

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u/guyhabit Sep 25 '22

I'm assuming the zombies have an odor or chemical that deters the bugs away.

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u/inksmudgedhands Sep 25 '22

Why would they? They are literally decaying as more time goes by.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

The bugs would become zombie bugs and eat other bugs/animals.

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u/Cute-Entertainer-704 Sep 25 '22

periods

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u/Routine-Bumblebee Sep 25 '22

Yes, this! Shelves of sanitary products were cleared out at the start of the covid pandemic, when everyone was panic-buying stuff. And I thought how this never comes up in zombie movies. Although, the book The 5th Wave, starts with the lead character trying to find tampons after an alien invasion.

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u/MissMurderpants Sep 25 '22

I’m grateful I started menopause in 2018 ish. Lol

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u/Allen_1985 Sep 25 '22

I feel like there needs to be some sort of reusable sanitary product. Like cloth diapers…

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u/basil_breath Sep 25 '22

Period underwear, menstrual cups and cloth pads are all reusable

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u/Horror-School-6713 Sep 25 '22

They would get so nasty in an apocalypse though. You wouldn’t always have a proper way to clean them, or yourself, especially if you didn’t have secure home to live in.

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u/SlutForThickSocks Sep 25 '22

I've been using resusable cloth pads for years

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Cup!

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u/BansheeTK Sep 25 '22

isn't there a reusable cup for this purpose? or am I misunderstanding?

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u/Zeph_NZ Sep 25 '22

There are but they do need to be properly cleaned to avoid introducing bad bacteria into the vagina. There’s more than a few different methods to do it and in a zombie apocalypse the best bet would be boiling water, in my opinion anyway.

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u/RandomBlueChick Sep 25 '22

Do not put non sterile things inside vagina. Infections without antibiotics would be a horrible way to die

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u/natsumi_kins Sep 25 '22

I am suddenly even more glad I've had a hystorectomy.

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u/Embrourie Sep 25 '22

I've read that high levels of stress as well as malnutrition can shut down periods. This could be the workaround for the lack of menstruation.

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u/Alm8360NoScoPro Sep 25 '22

TWD Telltale series addresses this. It's sad because a survivor growing up in this new world doesn't understand why that's happening, and she eventually finds products but is completely clueless to how it's supposed to work at all just goes to show how much a new generation of people would have to relearn absolutely everything because of the apocalypse

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u/foghornleghorndrawl Sep 25 '22

I scrolled pretty far but, uh, water. Specifically traveling with water. Water is heavy. Sure you might have, say, a well or something but going too far from that well is going to be hard. Because water weighs a lot. And you will go through it faster than you realize.

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u/DragonflyScared813 Sep 25 '22

It's weird how people just assume clean water is just a thing. I've heard it said that of all the advancements of "modern" society, basic sanitation ie: clean water and organized removal of waste is probably the single most important factor in improving quality and quantity of human life. Sewage treatment and water sanitation aren't sexy like duking it out with a zombie, but they are WAY more important. So yeah, couldn't agree more, assuming infrastructure crumbles, most people would succumb to water or foodbourne illness.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

I disagree. I’m a water and wastewater treatment tech and I’m sexy as fuck.

Y’all are right on one thing though, the process stops immediately. A lot of people don’t realize how much water and wastewater relies on electricity. Once the power is gone and my generator fuel tanks run dry, y’all are on your own. I’m scavenging the filters and disinfectants and going home to my hand pump well and cistern.

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u/atx00 Sep 25 '22

Hell yeah, you sexy bastard. It would be funny to make one of those goofy "sexy" calendars but with water treatment techs. Like they do with firefighters and whatnot.

I'm a chef, and always thought it would be hilarious to get my crew on board to do a sexy calendar. Even though almost none of us are even remotely sexy.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

This has been brought up at state meetings and company meetings on a regular basis. Lot of people say “HELL YEAH!” But people rarely actually volunteer. I’ve volunteered.

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u/Distinct-Educator-52 Sep 25 '22

I was thinking typhoid. When the water treatment starts breaking down...

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Giardia, Naegleia Fowleri and cryptosporidium are likely to get you before typhoid these days.

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u/NarcolepticKnifeFite Sep 25 '22

If you don’t have a a stock of life straws than you’re not doing it right.

I have a whole tote full of them and a Berky water filtration system.

If shit hits the fan, water is the most necessary aspect to stay alive.

https://lifestraw.com/

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u/rockstoneshellbone Sep 25 '22

Exactly. And most people don’t know how to find or purify water if the tap/ electric well isn’t working.

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u/Lee1138 Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

Something off in your calculations my dude. 3.8L of pure drinking water would weigh 3.8kg unless you have some VERY weird circumstances.

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u/Rubber_Fist_of_love Sep 25 '22

Zombies realistically would die off after like a year.

Not even die off just like fall apart and be useless.

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u/SirKthulhu Sep 25 '22

Not even a year, most zombies will not be able to pose a serious threat after as little as 2-3 months

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u/miemcc Sep 25 '22

Less than than. Even slow zombies are still using energy it has to come from somewhere. After the full on apocalypse has hit the rich source of nutrients has gone. 28 Days Later covered that bit well.

Why don't they turn on themselves too? Bad meat is bad, but it's not going to kill them. A cannibalistic twist on Zombies would be interesting to see.

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u/TechnoVicking Sep 25 '22

I remember a series where after way too much time without feeding, that would happen and the zombies would become a huge ball that would kinda act like tumbleweed

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u/Coyote-Most Sep 25 '22

Z nation is absolutely the series you are thinking of. Think they become a thing in the second last season

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u/TechnoVicking Sep 25 '22

Yeeeees this one. I was thinking of z nation, zombieland and daybreak. They are all great.

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u/NarcolepticKnifeFite Sep 25 '22

28 Days Later is a virus film. Not zombie film.

I’ll die on this hill forever. Lol

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u/biohumansmg3fc Sep 25 '22

Depends on the zombie because some could rot and some don’t

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u/pkennedy Sep 25 '22

If they aren't properly and fully healing, then it's more like accelerated leprosy where they are just bumping into things, hitting things and constantly degrading.

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u/biohumansmg3fc Sep 25 '22

Never have i seen a zombie bump into things

This might have to do with something about how zombies not existing yet

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u/guyhabit Sep 25 '22

A zombie apocalypse would be something we need right now in order to make these few years an epic movie.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Toxoplasmosis behavior

In rodents, chronic toxoplasma infection is associated with altered behaviour leading to an enhanced risk of feline predation and a putative selective advantage to the parasite. It is proposed that neurotropic cysts of toxoplasma exert an effect on animal behaviour, either directly or via the release of metabolic products.

Similarly, T. gondii has been linked to behavioural changes in humans. Toxoplasma infection is classically associated with the frequency of schizophrenia, suicide attempts or "road rage".

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u/BITTERSTORM Sep 25 '22

The premise of the film "28 days Later" was that it took the zombies 28 days to die of starvation. My favourite zombie film by a country mile

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u/NarcolepticKnifeFite Sep 25 '22

But it’s not a Zombie film. It’s a Virus. Zombies are the walking dead. The infected in 28 days later had the rage virus that was created in a lab.

I’ll die on this hill forever. Lol

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u/Existing-Budget-4741 Sep 25 '22

Upvote for seeing you actually doing this in these comments lol

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u/NarcolepticKnifeFite Sep 25 '22

Haha, it’s my favorite “horror movie” of all time.

Zombies are the walking dead. The infected in 28 Days later were INFECTED with a VIRUS.

That’s not a zombie.

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u/rick_blatchman Sep 25 '22

In the book The Zombie Survival Guide, it's explained that the virus that reanimates the dead also has a repellent effect on microbes and other organisms that contribute to rot and decay, making the process slower for zeds and allowing them to persist for years, if not an entire decade.

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u/Jamcram Sep 25 '22

yeah but what do they eat

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u/the_original_Retro Sep 25 '22

McDonald.

No, not McDonalds.

McDonald.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

The virus could consume common bacteria that is present everywhere, and delivery ala UberEats by insects.

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u/JayAnancyi Sep 25 '22

Insects would be the heroes of most zombie apocalypses. Actually any any animal that eats the dead would put quick work to most undead threats.

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u/1PooNGooN3 Sep 25 '22

Have you ever seen a real zombie??

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u/Rubber_Fist_of_love Sep 25 '22

Yes and they got really mad cause I didn't have a cigarette for them.

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u/bronwen-noodle Sep 25 '22

A lot of people don’t have the survival skills they think they have

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

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u/groovy604 Sep 25 '22

Zombieland: the first to go were the fatties

Also, mall ninja weapons are not even hardened steel, or are horribly low quality and will break immediately

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u/timesuck897 Sep 25 '22

Rule #1: cardio.

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u/whatthengaisthis Sep 25 '22

"Let's go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for this all to blow over."

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 29 '22

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u/WalerieJade Sep 25 '22

|| Because you are fat.

Sent me 😂

I AM fat. Which is why I’d honestly (and this was my legit plan before I became a mom) consider just eating a bullet.

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u/BattletechFan Sep 25 '22

NOt me. Cos i'll be on my bicycle travelling around. I'd give myself a good 30 minutes before i gas out.

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u/AmmoMana Sep 25 '22

Sun, rain and snow would naturally take care of things.

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u/Dealing_buzzcain69 Sep 25 '22

Not if you’re in the west coast

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u/AjaniTheGoldmane Sep 25 '22

Ok, sun and fire then.

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u/Bike_Mechanic_Man Sep 25 '22

Ammunition. They always show people constantly shooting up zombies. Where is this unlimited ammo?

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u/Razorbackalpha Sep 25 '22

I have friends with 25-50 thousand rounds of spare ammo. You raid the right neighborhood you might actually have near unlimited ammo

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u/freehatt2018 Sep 25 '22

True but ammo is heavy and would be in very high demand.

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u/caelumh Sep 25 '22

That's were you set up shop and make a compound.

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u/Damurph01 Sep 25 '22

The flu. Or really any other disease where antibiotics and other medical treatments are necessary. They aren’t even blinked at now, but in a world without infrastructure, it’s a death sentence.

Pregnancy (although twd seemed to touch on it) is also a nightmare. Unless you have somewhere where being loud is fine, good luck giving birth.

The usefulness of bikes. Quiet, easy to repair/understand. Can go as far as you can. Not great for carrying a lot of stuff. But if you need to go a long way quietly, can’t get much better than that.

Zombies just like… falling apart. Have you seen how fucked up some peoples skin gets after being in the sun for a couple days? Or taking a super long shower. Or the people that drown and don’t get recovered for a long time. Their bodies are fucked up, and it really doesn’t take that long. A zombie just like, sitting around in a lake will fall apart in months. Much less decades. Think about how dry and un-lubricated and stiff their joints will be after a couple months without water. They wouldn’t be able to move.

Very impractical.

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u/Sudkiwi1 Sep 25 '22

Also with a good bike it will make you fitter

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u/RandomBlueChick Sep 25 '22

Long term Sub zero weather. Frozen bodies don’t move. Like you said about Pregnancy. Without medical intervention pregnancy complications are one of the most common ways for women to die. Not to mention running, hiding and eating substantially

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u/fakeScotsman Sep 25 '22

Applies to any survival situation, but addictions. The amount of people who would be going through sugar/ caffeine withdrawal symptoms, or not trying to account for it.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Omg I never thought of this. What am I supposed to masturbate to without any porn? Maybe there will be some hot zombies knocking on my windows?

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u/komiks42 Sep 25 '22

Imagination Like in the old days

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Kinda off topic but I wonder, would it be wrong to have sex with a zombie? They can’t really consent, I guess. So is it rape? Would it be considered necrophilia? And would it count as losing your virginity? So many questions

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u/komiks42 Sep 25 '22

Do you really want to bang rotting, infested by maggots corpse, that want to eat you?

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u/just-an-alien1 Sep 25 '22

I don't think the military would get overwhelmed.

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u/Unlucky-Situation-98 Sep 25 '22

Yes.. if they are called in soon enough. The problem is how long before the military gets involved; give the zombie hordes too much of a headstart, and the problem gets out of hand.

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u/komiks42 Sep 25 '22

Sure, they might lose few cities etc, but soon or later they would propably realise whats going on, and back off to some easy to controll territory.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

It would probably be the easiest job for them yet. Just shoot anyone and everyone.

The real problem would just be disposing of and dealing with the aftermath of so much dead bodies.

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u/AioliMindless Sep 25 '22

Lack of medical care for non zombie related diseases.

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u/luckysonic2 Sep 25 '22

Zombie apocalypse, ugh I have a headache, get me a Tylenol.

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u/StageOk6661 Sep 25 '22

If all they do is eat, do they just pop once they fill up or are they shitting in the streets

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u/2WaterGuns Sep 25 '22

Wouldn't a mass extinction event cause nuclear reactor incidents and such? Those seem more dangerous than the zombies, long term.

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u/TheReverendCard Sep 25 '22

Most of these fail safe. Without human intervention most will continue providing power for a couple weeks to months.

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u/hotSauceFreak Sep 25 '22

Will we still have access to sufficient supplies of parmesan cheese? It's never mentioned but it could really impact the enjoyment of our survival.

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u/eddyathome Sep 25 '22

In a world without cheese, the survivors will envy the dead.

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u/myhamsterisajerk Sep 25 '22

Bicycles exist

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u/rntopspin100 Sep 25 '22

People who need to wear glasses or contacts will have difficulty surviving if they lose them.

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u/HillarysBloodBoy Sep 25 '22

You haven’t thought of the smell you bitch!

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u/SirHiddenTurtle Sep 25 '22

The fact that fuel goes bad after 6-12 months, so no vehicles would function much beyond the first year.

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u/FrietjesFC Sep 25 '22

Hah, I'll just use my Tesl.... Oh wait.

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u/cdawg1102 Sep 25 '22

It’s alright, just use a gas powered generator, oh wait

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u/No-Dirt-8737 Sep 25 '22

I mean it does depend on the type of zombie. The virus based ones have a shelf life of maybe 4 months under ideal conditions much less usually. Magically animated zombies get a pass because magic. Certain technological zombies like reaper husks would get a pass because nanotechnology. But in general the zombies wouldn't last.

On the human side of things a modern military going all out would easily kill the zombie horde. A wave of bodies just isn't that much of a threat to armor artillery and air support. Also they rarely investigate the zombie vaccine angle. Also where is the food fuel ammo and supplies coming from if the factories aren't working?

All that aside I still do love the genre. Makes for a good horror story

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u/luckysonic2 Sep 25 '22

Z-nation was all about the vaccine. Still 'unrealistic' though but more enjoyable

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u/CapG_13 Sep 25 '22

Where the governments of the world are.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

In a bunker still believing they’re leaders.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Infected and destroyed from the inside. One person desperate to escape the apocalypse and hiding a bite is all it takes.

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u/ShoulderToCryOn00 Sep 25 '22

Trees. Does no one in the USA know how to climb a tree? I never understand why they get chased for miles in a jungle with countless trees. I've never seen a single character go up a tree to escape a zombie.

Also, where are the dogs and other predators/scavengers? Hungry predators will end the problem very quickly. A zombie apocalypse won't last a year with all the hungry predators around (especially dogs).

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u/thetaFAANG Sep 25 '22

Sound traps

Just set up some wind chimes over a meat grinder

Just Set it, and Forget it!

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u/ThinkIGotHacked Sep 25 '22

Just put lawnmowers upside down around your house. They will get to the brain eventually.

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u/Whiskey-Weather Sep 25 '22

Good luck refueling when the time comes.

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u/theBacillus Sep 25 '22

Fast zombies. They are resistant to napalm.

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u/Damurph01 Sep 25 '22

What is this? Resident evil?😅

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u/Tall_Push7630 Sep 25 '22

Using plants are effective.

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u/rick_blatchman Sep 25 '22

Will you take the Green Herb?

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u/Guinness2702 Sep 25 '22

Zombies have rights too

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

At this point people would actually say this in a zombie scenario

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Thankfully, morons like them would be the first to die.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

They’ll probably get multiple others killed too before they die themself

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u/Mean-Accountant7013 Sep 26 '22

Woke Culture would start ZLM movement

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u/AmIbiGuy_420 Sep 25 '22

Actual quote from supernatural

Cop: You shot him?

Dean: He's a zombie!

Zombie: I'm a tax payer!

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u/Unsolicited_Spiders Sep 25 '22

The disappearance of treatment and support for mental illnesses.

Oh, I am out of the meds that keep me stable and pharmacies have been looted? Welp. I'm sure there will be plenty of survivalist enclaves who are cool with managing rapid mood cycling, mania, debilitating depression, and psychotic symptoms...wait, no. No there will not.

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u/CdrCosmonaut Sep 25 '22

Play Dead Rising. The most noteworthy enemies are the people who have just gone off the rails mentally unstable since the zombies started.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Children becoming zombies. In the movies the are always half decade adults. But if it was a sweet 4 yr old little girl with little obvious damage, you would have a more difficult time putting a shotgun to her head

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u/LegoYoda7103 Sep 25 '22

oh shit de baby zombies are twice as fast ahhh

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Minecraft were the only ones to get it right

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Traveling with no vehicles. Especially in bad weather.

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u/RonAnFawn Sep 25 '22

People making a place to live on wooding post, they can never be reached

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u/lightning_burrito Sep 25 '22

Why the cameraman always alive.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Until he meets Negan

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u/LocalInactivist Sep 25 '22

The smell. Zombies would be decaying flesh, the dead would decay, and the living wouldn’t be able to bathe or wash their clothes very often. Every market would have its perishable food rotting everywhere. Plus, flushable toilets and garbage collection would be a thing of the past.

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u/thatHecklerOverThere Sep 25 '22

How incredibly short it would be.

The zombies will not make it through a midwestern summer. Not saying I would either, mind. But once somebody gets some good quarantines in place it's over.

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u/CdrCosmonaut Sep 25 '22

good quarantines

You, uh... You been paying much attention the last two years or so?

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

If they are World War Z kind of zombies I don’t think it’ll be as easy as just building some good quarantines tbh

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u/weeblewobblers Sep 25 '22

Rats. Should be abundant with all the bodies.

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u/No-Attention2817 Sep 25 '22

It’s not super easy to siphon gas from most cars now, and gas is really only good for about 30-45 days in a gas tank so put that in your car, likely to duck up your engine and have a bigger issues after continued use of crappy gas

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u/Cryterionlol Sep 25 '22

The amount of times this question has been asked might start a zombie apocalypse itself.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

If everyone kills at least one zombie before they die, it evens out the playing board. Factor in the military, the advantage is now much more on humans. Then add in people with guns, and yeah, we'd be fine.

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Yeah I’m sorry but I’m not capable of killing a zombie

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u/Bladebrent Sep 25 '22

I always wondered how many zombies would even be around. Obviously it depends on the lore on how strong the zombies are, but usually the main threat of the zombies are their numbers. If we're assuming its not one of the settings where they're basically unkillable, and they're only about as sturdy as a regular, but decayed, human body, how can a big crowd of them even form? How many would even be able to dig out of the ground and not get crushed by dirt? Ignoring the ones that would be too decayed to move in the first place?

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u/Southport84 Sep 25 '22

Work. Real life you would still be expected to be at your desk Monday morning.

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u/throwthataway2723 Sep 25 '22

What everyone considers “basic human rights” will quickly cease to exist.

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u/6twoRaptor Sep 25 '22

People will be more dangerous than zombies

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u/Interesting_Ad2464 Sep 25 '22

Do other mammals get zombiefied?... Like cows, sheep, goats?... How about fish?... Birds?... Zombie eagles? Zombie hummingbirds?... Are zombies racist?... That last one reminds me of a Key & Peele sketch.

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u/biohumansmg3fc Sep 25 '22

They eat black people so i think they are racist

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u/OinkMcOink Sep 25 '22

You should read Feed by Mira Grant. 100% of the surviving population are vegetarians, by force.

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u/SirStachi Sep 25 '22

How abso-fucking-lutely scary night time would be, without power, and no secure base, it’s literally pitch black once you run out of batteries for your flashlight, eyes adapt pretty well to the night, but it would still be scary as fuck walking into a house with no lights and you come face to face with a zombie, or someone who isn’t a zombie

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u/that_other_goat Sep 25 '22

insects.

The amount of carrion eating insects would explode exponentially.

There would be a lot of maggots making the event a short term affair you'd be able basically wait it out at home and it would be as interesting as a covid lockdown.

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u/Irish-O-African Sep 25 '22

Military intervention. Id assume if a serious outbreak like that did happen and it was clear, martial law would be in order very quickly

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u/FastAndForgetful Sep 25 '22

If an old lady couldn’t kill you before she died, what makes you think she would do any damage when her muscles start really rotting

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u/Unlucky-Situation-98 Sep 25 '22

How many old ladies do you meet on your day to day? When the dead rise they will be only a fraction

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u/I_have_no_morals_ Sep 25 '22

That someone that when bitten would intentionally go to people before turning

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u/Babstana Sep 25 '22

People are selfish, reality-denying shits. This surprises me not at all.

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u/3pointstonibbadore Sep 25 '22

the zombie outbreak would honestly be the least of your worries. The worry is the snobby, entitled, moronic, and neurotic people who will wipe stores out of supplies.

Remember when there was a nation wide toilet paper shortage for no good reason? yeah. imagine a toilet paper shortage… but with EVERYTHING.

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u/eddyathome Sep 25 '22

Seriously. The lights were on, the water was running, trucks were still delivering goods and yet people were hoarding toilet paper. Imagine no infrastructure working, people freaking out, and of course zombies trying to eat you in the mix and it's a nightmare.

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u/230flathead Sep 25 '22

Gasoline has an expiration date.

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u/blindCurtain666 Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

That humans are more likely to kill you then the zombies themselves, when shit hits the fan it survival of the fittest.

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u/TheReverendCard Sep 25 '22

Bicycles. You can bike across the damn continent within weeks and it still goes faster than any goddamn zombie.. You can be in an area that would be basically zombie free with a bicycle within a couple hours.

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u/zoey082997 Sep 25 '22

Gas has a shelf life of only a few months and car batteries maybe a couple years. These movies and TV shows with people hotwiring abandoned cars in the zombie apocalypse after years is never going to happen haha

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u/S-Markt Sep 25 '22

get spraypaint and spray it over their eyes.

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u/TechnologyExpensive Sep 25 '22

That zombies do not exist, often overlooked.

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u/DumbestInvestorSoFar Sep 25 '22

Where's the fresh water?

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u/Defiant-Scratch Sep 25 '22

Zombies would freeze solid in colder climates. Men wouldn't be muscular. Protein would be scarce

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u/ActualWhiterabbit Sep 25 '22

20-40% of the American population trying to get the zombie virus or claiming it doesn't exist.

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u/AllmetalBadge Sep 25 '22

The extreme lack of supplies to find after a while in the apocalypse

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u/ForgotInTheDoorway Sep 25 '22

Nuclear Power plants, dams, water stations that all need maintenance or else doom doom doom

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u/Babylon4All Sep 25 '22

That gasoline starts to go bad after 3–6 months.

Nuclear power plants would go critical/meltdown without maintenance.

Mosquitos would most like transmit the virus.

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u/blindCurtain666 Sep 25 '22

That zombies wouldn’t last no more than a year, their bodies would decay to the point where they can’t be used, they would literally fall apart especially in hot humid places like LA.

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u/goodfurball2288 Sep 25 '22

The ratio of food eaten and calories burnt(like walking, running)

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u/Eyfordsucks Sep 25 '22

Clean water is gonna be hard to find when water treatment plants stop running.

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u/Idk_imstupid09 Sep 25 '22

The food supplies, people often just want to kill zombies but never worry about the food supplies.

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u/StressBall681 Sep 25 '22

I imagine the smell of a nearby zombie would be atrocious - probably more than the average person could stomach. The smell from a small horde would make you faint.

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u/unknown_maale Sep 25 '22

The tools at bunnings, man I could take out some zombies with those.

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u/Chameleon777 Sep 25 '22

The real threat... Other survivors.

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u/whatthengaisthis Sep 25 '22

Spectacles. Or braces. Or literally ANYTHING that needs proper upkeep and/checkups.

I’d love to see a movie in which the protagonist is just trying to get an ophthalmologist appointment because their power changed and now they have horrible headaches.

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u/itengelhardt Sep 25 '22

The incredible effectiveness of modern weaponry.

A decently trained platoon will dispose of 100 zombies. E.g. Germany trains its recruits to shoot Mozambique style (2x chest, 1x head) and they are proficient after 3 months of basic combat training on both pistol and rifle.

Not getting into IFVs, tanks, artillery at all. Just your average machine gun and a grenade launcher every once in a while, will be enough.

There are 180.000 active duty soldiers for a population of 80 million. Add about another 250.000 police officers. Add 1 million registered gun enthusiasts (I've subtracted both soldiers & police from the actual number of 1.4M, just in case there is any overlap).

You get the idea, there wouldn't be much of a problem

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u/sayerscreed001 Sep 25 '22

Nuclear weapons and power plants. They need constant maintenance and attention. Can't get that when all the workers are zombies

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u/14Brightside14 Sep 25 '22

The army being tasked with taking care of the zombies.

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u/Eliweekly_cool Sep 25 '22

The military is not that incompetent and if it starts in America it should end in a few days. The original night of the living dead shows this perfectly

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u/ancestral_trail Sep 25 '22

The amount of people hoarding zombie loved ones in their basement in hope of a cure would be insane.

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u/IAReallyLongNameUwU Sep 25 '22

Bombs, they need more booms and less pew pews

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u/[deleted] Sep 25 '22

Antibiotics

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u/Available-Fact-3635 Sep 25 '22

Nuclear Power plants going catastophic shortly after noone maintains them for a while.

I've read one book where that is a factor.

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u/Razorbackalpha Sep 25 '22

Don't most of the ones in the western world have automatic shutdowns now

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u/CreHater Sep 25 '22

Why does everybody wants to shoot zombies?

Bunch of hateful Zombiists. Leave them be. They are cute.