Are Zombies a Reality?
In my mind the possibility of a Zombie Apocalypse is pretty low on my things to worry about list. Although I've seen TV shows and movies that show the total havoc a horde of zombies creates, I've only seen a couple that depict zombies with super strength and speed. Most show the lumbering mindless gate of people barely able to walk so I have a couple of solutions for those types.
#1. If we are in the middle of an outbreak of the slow lumbering kind you can either tie their shoes together before they wake up and turn, or lead them down a very rocky path and watch them trip. Either way it could be good for some laughs.
#2. If it's the super speed and strength kind, I hope you're good at taking head shots because that seems to be the only way to kill them.
In reality though there are some scientific explanations for Zombies.
Sleeping Sickness - This is a disease that is mostly found in Africa. It's caused by a parasite that is transmitted by the tsetse fly. The parasites invade the brain and in it's final stages resembles a zombie like state, However the victims seem to lose their appetite so your brains are probably safe from this one.
Rabies - This disease could be the one that has given rise to stories of Zombies throughout history. It's mostly transmitted through animal bites and human to human transmission is very rare. The majority of human to human transmission is from organ transplants where donors weren't adequately screened. The disease can cause full or partial paralysis, agitation, strange behavior and delirium. Rabies is probably also responsible for the origination of Vampires in history as well. Rabies can be treated unless it has progressed to the brain, then it's to late, 100% fatal.
With DNA and biological research and advancements, I guess it's possible in the future that someone could create a disease that would end up making it's victims lust after flesh or brains, but why someone would want to do this is beyond me, but you never know, we all know there are some very screwed up people out there. If you are prepping for the Zombie Apocalypse I would love to hear your comments and rationale. It might just move this up on my list of things to worry about. I'm very open minded.