We’ve all heard of the infamous group of people known as “Doomsday Preppers.” These are people who build underground shelters for the supposedly inevitable apocalypse and learn to shoot like a sniper, not because they’re in the military, but because they’re anticipating an end-of-the-world, zombie invasion. Their stories are fascinating, but are these Doomsday Preppers just another group of radicals? Or are they actually on to something that maybe shouldn’t be ignored?
Let’s start by taking a look at dinosaurs. There’s no denying the fact that dinosaurs once existed. But where are they now? It’s estimated that the extinction of dinosaurs occurred around 66 million years ago. The most widely accepted theory for this occurrence is that a meteorite, somewhere in the vicinity of seven miles wide, hit the earth, causing a long and catastrophic winter.
It would stand to reason that, if this devastation happened once, it could happen again. Even NASA admits that, although the odds are slim, there is always the chance that a devastatingly large meteorite could collide with Earth. But NASA also assures us that meteorites of this magnitude only hit Earth’s surface once every few million years. One of the most recent examples is just 50 thousand years old. The crater it left behind, named the Barringer Crater, can be found Flagstaff, Arizona. According to www.barringercrater.com, this meteorite hit Earth with almost 150 times the force of the atomic bomb that destroyed Hiroshima. However, as previously stated, this was 50 thousand years ago. Assuming it’s true that meteorites, such as this, only land once every three million years or so… one would think these Doomsday Preppers are wasting their time, preparing for the end of the world. Unless they’re anticipating the world to be taken over by zombies. But is that even a possibility?
You probably remember hearing about a man named Rudy Eugene, who viciously attacked 65-year-old homeless man, Ronald Poppo. Actually, “attacked” is putting it lightly. Eugene savagely ate off half of Poppo’s entire face… including his eyes. One eye was completely gauged out of his face and the other torn and chewed beyond reparation. Despite popular belief, Eugene’s toxicology report showed no signs of drug usage (other than marijuana)… so how did this happen? Was Eugene a zombie?
Although there has yet to be found a virus that can create human zombies, the concept of zombies may not be quite as far-fetched as you’d think. There’s more than one type of fungi that can infect the brains of insects and cause them to turn into zombies. The fungi Ophiocordyceps Unilateralis climbs its way inside Carpenter Ants and completely controls the ants’ movements, forcing them to climb high up on a plant or tree and stand there, frozen, until the ants die.
Is it possible that a similar fungus exists, capable of infiltrating the human race, that just hasn’t yet surfaced? The thought alone might be reason enough to start acing some archery lessons or invest in learning how to shoot ninja stars from your hands. Meteorites? Zombies? Perhaps these “Doomsday Preppers” are actually on to something…but let’s hope not.