Jesse's blog 44- Zombies
Zombies. They are coming. Are you ready?
Americans really love zombies; zombie movies, zombie video games, zombie costumes, and even just talking about zombies. But it's not just entertainment for some of us. Americans basically don't trust our government, or big companies. We assume they are always doing bad and dangerous things, to make more money. The most common fear is that dangerous scientific research will get out of control, and start what we call a "zombie apocalypse".
There are lots of movies that try to find a realistic situation that would result in a zombie plague. It's often a government laboratory researching medicine to heal damaged bodies, or a military lab researching how to make super soldiers. The movies have different kinds of zombies, but basically a zombie is a person who dies, but because of some special virus, the body continues to move. Only the most basic animal instinct remains: a desire to eat, specifically living humans. Most importantly, the virus can spread to other people quickly and easily from a bite or a scratch.
Some of those movies do such a good job making the situation sound possible, that a lot of Americans really do worry that it will come true one day. Do you have an emergency kit in your house, for a bad earthquake? Some Americans have a zombie apocalypse emergency kit. The main difference between a zombie kit and a normal emergency kit, is that a zombie kit usually includes a large military style survival knife, and maybe a gun. It also includes a map of the area, with a plan for where to get food, where to get weapons, and where to hide and stay safe.
That plan is the most important part, and something some Americans spend a lot of time thinking about. What about you? What are you going to do first when you hear the news of zombies? Where are you going to get food? Water? What is the best weapon, and where can you find it? Are you going to join a group of people? Who do you trust? Will you share your food, or will you steal food from other people? If you don't have an answer to these questions, I'm sorry, but you are going to die first!