Zombie Awareness Month has been a growing trend for some years, strengthened by the iconic film, Shaun of the Dead, and television show The Walking Dead. Young adults have been posting GIFs and posts on Tumblr in the worldwide fandom. From all the survival techniques, to the movie monster’s popularity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have not turned a blind eye to Zombie Awareness Month, and even is going so far as to practically institute a new casual Friday attire.
The CDC mentioned a how the zombie apocalypse was explained in yet another zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead. They pointed out how the medical essay – which was fabricated for the film only written by Steven Schoolman, a Harvard psychiatrist, declared the infection to be a side effect of the Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome.
The CDC lays out a few not so fictional ground rules for how to navigate and prolong one’s survival for a zombie outbreak. They recommend that each person drinks no less than one gallon of water every day, to gather plenty of non-perishable food products, medical tools and vitamins, etc. However, people would be better off to follow the rules of The Walking Dead. Grab their cowboy hat, their crossbow, their katana, and they are solid. All of those items are prime casual Friday attire for the CDC’s new embrace of the Zombie Awareness Month culture.
A mother in Texas has been formulating her plans for the zombie outbreak for years. Jenny Lawson advised The Washington Post with how she plans to deal with the uprising. She told them that her family has amassed a collection of swords, which eliminates the need for conserving and rounding up ammunition for firearms. Her home has plenty of rooms with no windows, to deny possible zombie invaders from getting any ideas. Jenny truly has the Zombie Awareness Month spirit.
At the heart of most, if not all things zombie, is the Zombie Research Society (ZRS). It was founded in 2007 by Matt Mogk. ZRS is a group devoted to the cultural, historic, and scientific appreciation of the living dead. They have members in the tens of thousands worldwide, but their main staff is the truly impressive part.
Along with Mogk, who is one of the primary cast members of AMC’s The Talking Dead, there is George Romero, the man who more than likely created the trend with the 1968 classic, Night of the Living Dead. There are experts with ZRS who deal with the medical side of things, like Tara Smith, PhD, whom specifically researches zoonotic infections and surfacing diseases. Without a doubt, this month is probably the best time of the year for ZRS. With all of their main board so engrossed in the culture of the undead, they must have their own celebration of appreciation planned.
Zombie Awareness Month is here, and while ZRS has not yet made any public declaration for the time period, the CDC has taken up an interest in it in an effort to bring more attention and entertainment to the culture. With attire consisting of some clay, a couple of pints of fake blood, and maybe some torn clothing, the CDC could have a truly awesome casual Friday experience while promoting Zombie Awareness Month.
Opinion by Matthew Austin Bowers
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