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Sunday, June 30, 2013
World War Z
saw "World War Z" -- the movie adaptation of Max Brooks' novel.
Gripping -- as intelligently constructed as a carnival haunted house
ride. Syntax of scares aside, it gets bad grades in basic science. OK.
Let's say that zombies are not the inexplicably unstoppable undead who
keep going and going like brain-eating Energizer bunnies. Let's say
zombie-ism is biological (an infection caused by a virus, bacteria,
prions, whatever). If so, the logic of biology applies. If a zombie
moves (let alone runs or climbs giant walls) it has a metabolism. I.e.: a
zombie is alive. Thus, a zombie eats, breathes and excretes waste. It
would not "go dormant" if no victims were available. It would freaking
die. This applies, whether or not the zombies were disease vectors, and
bite to spread the pathogen, as opposed to obtaining sustenance. Zombie
or not, ya gotta eat. Thus spake Mr. Science. That gripe aside, great
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