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How Long Would Your City Survive The Zombie Apocalypse?

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In The Walking Dead, Rick and his cohort of fellow survivors make their way north from the zombie infested south in search of a safe haven where they might be able to restart their lives in peace. As of the current season of the show, just over a year’s time has passed since the initial breakout and as best as we can tell the dead vastly outnumber the living across the entire country.

ZombieIf you’re a fan of the TWD (or general zombie preparedness), then you’ve no doubt wondered just how long you’d survive the zombie apocalypse. What would you pack, what would you wear, where would you go? According to Alex Alemi, a physics researcher at Cornell University, one of the most important elements factoring into your chances of survival is the city you live in.

In a paper Alemi and a team of fellow researchers recently published and presented to the American Physical Society, they explore the hypothetical outbreak of a zombie plague using models based on the spreading patterns of real world diseases.

“Zombies are unique and very different than other diseases in that victims of other diseases either get better or succumb to the disease,” Alemi explained in an interview with The Washington Post. “But zombies are the undead. They don’t get better. And the only way to stop them is for a human to kill the zombie.”

“With other diseases, no matter how many infections you model, the disease is not going to infect every single person. But in the zombie model, you really can turn every single person into a zombie.”

Along with their research paper Alemi and his team have created an interactive simulation that’ll let you model you own outbreak and manipulate different factors to produce various outcomes. Though Alemi based much of his research around the way actual diseases spread, he also had to take into account how humans would react realistically.

For instance the model assumes that once a zombie outbreak occurs transportation effectively shuts down. While most apocalyptic films depict mass exoduses from cities, it’s far more likely that roads and highways would become too deadlocked to facilitate huge movements. The simulation will take into account the average number of zombies killed by humans compared to the number of humans bitten by zombies. You can also choose the rate at which the zombies move--something else that would undoubtedly determine how quickly the virus spread.

Check out the simulation for yourself and see just how well your city would fare against the undead. Fellow statistics nerds an true zombie believers can find Alemi's paper in full AFTER THE JUMP...

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Norman Reedus Discusses Whether Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon Might Be Gay: VIDEO

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Last month we reported that Robert Kirkman, the creator of AMC's The Walking Dead, answered a fan letter in which he was asked whether Daryl Dixon (played by actor Norman Reedus) might be gay since he hadn't had any romantic leanings toward any of the female survivors.

Said Kirkman:

“All I can say is that it’s been discussed. We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing… we’ll tackle it in the show.”

Reedus expands on that idea in the current issue of GQ:

I remember Frank Darabont, after the first season we were at a party in LA, He said, 'I've got an idea for Daryl. He's gay. Would you be interested in that?' I was like, 'Let me hear you out.' He said, 'Well, he's prison gay—like, you'll catch him looking at a member of the same sex, but if you mention it to him, he'll just stab you and be like what the f--k?—he will never admit it.' I was like, 'That'll blow minds—let's do that.' And he said, 'I knew I hired you for a reason.' "

Reedus adds that he doesn't think Daryl is very confident romantically, "[he's] not the type of guy who's gonna throw somebody up against a tree in the moonlight."

In more Walking Dead news, check out a brand new clip from the folks at Bad Lip Reading, who bring their hilarious lip-dub antics to Season 4 of the show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Walking Dead' Creator Suggests Daryl Dixon Might Be Gay

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Fans of AMC's The Walking Dead have long speculated that Daryl Dixon (played by actor Norman Reedus) might possibly be gay - especially with four seasons having come and gone without the volatile zombie hunter developing romantic attractions for any of the show's rotating female survivors.

The show's creator, Robert Kirkman, is well-aware of the speculation and decided to give viewers an answer after a recent fan letter asked him point blank about the widely-held theory, Comicbook.com reports:

When asked if the possibility of Daryl being gay had been considered, Kirkman answered, “All I can say is that it’s been discussed. We have very specific ideas about Daryl’s sexuality (or the seeming lack thereof), and if there’s ever a quiet period in the show where he’s not consistently distracted by crossbowing… we’ll tackle it in the show.”

When also asked if AMC would let the possibility of Daryl Dixon being gay fly, Kirkman responded, “For the record, they absolutely would.

Walking Dead fans, what are your thoughts on Daryl's sexuality and do you support the showrunners' plan to possibly address the issue in the future?

The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on Sunday October 12, 2014 at 9 pm ET on AMC.


A Gay Zombie Musical Romance, Just in Time for Halloween: VIDEO

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Gay singer-songwriter Brendan Velasquez is hoping the things that go bump in the night are sexy and not scary.

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Montana TV Viewers Receive Emergency Alert Warning of Zombie Apocalypse: VIDEO

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A group of hackers broke into the Emergency Alert System of Great Falls, Montana affiliate KRTV and warned viewers watching the CW network of an impending zombie apocalypse.

"The bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living," the alert warned. “Do not attempt to approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous."

The police said they had four calls asking if it was true.

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Could Zombies Exist? - VIDEO

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The gusy at ASAPScience explain that while we need not fear the undead, a virus that induces the zombie-like qualities of rage and the incessant need to eat human flesh is entirely possible.

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