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message 1: by The Crimson Fucker (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:17PM) (new)

The Crimson Fucker (tcf123) ok people this is what's up i notice that most people don't think that the zombie threat is real! I've been telling my roommates that we should have a plan in case of an outbreak but they wont listen they think I'm joking!!! so guys any ideas on what can i do to help this idiots???


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There is no point in converting the skeptical before the attack. The reanimation of flesh-eating corpses is just too far outside the realm of serious possibility for most people. It sounds ludicrous! Unfortunately, we all know just how REAL the threat is. My suggestion is, share information with others who believe, whether face-to-face or through the Internet. Consider not whether your roommates believe NOW but whether they'll be able to cope with the terrible, shambling reality of a Class IV outbreak when it happens in the future. Don't forget: Many who say they're prepared for the awful truth were it to happen AREN'T. The zombie-holocaust preparedness movement is full of weak-willed fanboys and big talkers with no bite. When the zombies come to your door, a calm, reasoning individual who didn't believe in zombies is better than a hysterical believer who can't aim a gun or swing a machete. Plant the seeds with your roommates: Hey, guys, why don't we go out for some shooting lessons? Man, do you think we should have a bigger knife in the kitchen ... like, say, two feet long? Hey, do we have plenty of nonperishable food in backpacks ready to flee when the zomb--err, the earthquake happens? When you're calm and prepared when the rotters come to roost, your roommates will believe. In the meantime, get them ready for anything. The same skills that will put you in good stead with killing zombies will get you ready to defend yourself against slave-harvest interstellar aliens and an invasion from Mexico.


message 3: by J-Lynn Van Pelt (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:19PM) (new)

J-Lynn Van Pelt | 15 comments Brendan does a great job making zombie preparedness look rational to outsiders. Don't forget the local Red Cross offers disaster preparedness classes, albeit for natural disasters, but all the tips they give and the kits they advocate would work for the Zombie uprising also. Plus, it would be easier to recruit people to participate.


message 4: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi, this is my first post.
I agree with Brendan. I believe the key is "substitution". Just substitute the undead threat with other more "rational" threats.
Like instead of convincing your friends to learn the art of self-defense and weaponry for the sake of decapitating a zombie, just say that the world ain't gonna get safer, so why don't you all learn self-defense, with special emphasis on one-blow-one-kill style of self-defense.
Or like my own context. Instead of trying to convince my family to get the heck out of the densely populated Java Island, the part of world I currently populate with others (population density 979/km2; imagine what kind of hell would this island be in a Class IV outbreak), just say that competition for business or jobs is tough, there are so many people, so we should think of relocating to some other part of Indonesia, which in my mind offers a better chance of surviving such an outbreak. That should do it.
;D


message 5: by Terry (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:23PM) (new)


message 6: by Denise (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:24PM) (new)

Denise | 8 comments I've just been letting my friends know that when there is a zombie outbreak I will still be willing to share the information I have gained even though they have mocked me. I feel better knowing that if in some way they survive the initial onslaught, they'll know that I'm available for help. It shocks me that some of them are unaware of the basic survival knowledge, such as to kill a zombie you need to destroy the brain. I just hope they can fend off the zombies until they can contact me for help.


message 7: by Mx (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:24PM) (new)

Mx (mxsix) | 1 comments I was discussing this with my mom (a skeptic) and she thinks getting an RV would be ideal. Talk about your "Meals on Wheels"!!! I guess with some people you can only hope they'll put it together when the time comes.


message 8: by [deleted user] (new)

Hi Brianna, :)
I am an Indonesian, so obviously I better think of my chances here :D
Actually I think there's a good chance that an outbreak will start here in Indonesia. Since my government has had their hands full with less virulent outbreak like the avian flu or the Dengue fever, I shudder just to think of what can, or will, happen if an undead outbreak starts here.

There's two kinds of Indonesia: the densely populated islands, and the rest. We Indonesians has three distinct disadvantages in a war against the undead: we're the 4th most populous country, we're a no-gun culture, and we're in the tropics, no winter to freeze the g's. So to you guys, better think twice about planning to bug out to Indonesia :)

Java Island has a population of 130 million in an area just less than 49,000 square miles. That's like having a population slighly bigger than Mexico crammed into the state of New York. Hanging around or coming here during an outbreak is definitely NOT a good idea. Any outbreak here will escalate into a scale IV in no time. Here, the g's will outnumber and outlive humans. It's as simple as that.

Back to our topic. I believe it is better trick my disbelieving loved ones into preparing than trying to convince them of the threat. Hence the "substitution" trick. Our odds are such that we shouldn't waste time arguing about the reality of the threat. Just prepare. ;)


message 9: by The Crimson Fucker (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:25PM) (new)

The Crimson Fucker (tcf123) Brendan, thank you man it work like a charm we going laser tag next week and after that im planning paint ball. dude they think they having fun when im actually training them at this rate my roommates are gonna be ready for a level I or II outbreak by the end of the month =) again thank you man thank you!


message 10: by [deleted user] (new)

Alfonso, wonderful!

But don't forget that you're often not alloqed to shoot at the head in paintball. That, of course, makes it ideal for zombie-SLOWING-DOWN practice, but not for zombie-KILLING.


message 11: by Gertie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:27PM) (new)

Gertie (gertiebird) | 12 comments I'm really surprised to see all of the serious comments here- I'm wondering how many of you are playing along, and how many are "dead" serious?

I've always enjoyed zombie fiction as just that, fiction (in the sense that it would always be that way). So of course, I'm really curious. (And I don't mean that in a snarky way- I really want to know.)

What books etc. have I not been reading that you all have? What have you read that convinces you that dead bodies can become reanimated (or perhaps you are thinking more in terms of infected people, not necessarily walking corpses)? You have to admit it sounds ludicrous to most folks, but obviously some of you have read something(s) that has convinced you otherwise.

Share?


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm really surprised to see all of the serious comments here- I'm wondering how many of you are playing along, and how many are "dead" serious?

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Speaking for myself, I don't believe in the undead. I also don't believe in compassionate conservativism.

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What books etc. have I not been reading that you all have? What have you read that convinces you that dead bodies can become reanimated (or perhaps you are thinking more in terms of infected people, not necessarily walking corpses)? You have to admit it sounds ludicrous to most folks, but obviously some of you have read something(s) that has convinced you otherwise.

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Terrible plagues are very real, and many people in history have been left to die, forced into certain death in exile, or murdered outright in an effort to save the rest of the community from disease. So, that's real.

For a book that does the BEST job yet in history of taking a zombie plague seriously, read World War Z. Let us know what you think of it.


message 13: by Gertie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:28PM) (new)

Gertie (gertiebird) | 12 comments Yeah I have World War Z on my To-Read list... I've heard it's great, so might buy it on the next book shopping spree.


message 14: by The Crimson Fucker (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:28PM) (new)

The Crimson Fucker (tcf123) Speaking for myself, I don't believe in the undead. I also don't believe in compassionate conservativism.
<----------------------- GUAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA LMAO


message 15: by Christen (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:29PM) (new)

Christen | 41 comments I'm just playing along, Gertie, because it's fun to use my imagination and sense of humor as an adult seeing as how there is precious little call for it in my mind-numbing, zombie-creating job. I find this forum is an excellent space to share with people who have similar interests and quirky sense of humor.


message 16: by [deleted user] (new)

@ Gertie, haven't we human beings been known to play seriously and be serious playfully? :D

If you have trouble figuring which of the above are we doing in this forum, well, I don't want to spoil the fun.

Just enjoy the game ;D


message 17: by J-Lynn Van Pelt (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:29PM) (new)

J-Lynn Van Pelt | 15 comments I love fiction and believe in possibilities. I have had a blast keeping up with this line of discussion!


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