Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,While the zombie apocalypse may never actually happen, the surging popularity of the roaming swarms of the undead in movies, on television, and in books is real. Regardless of whether you’re a fan of the zombie genre, it’s impossible to ignore them. Consider:

  • The Walking Dead set another cable TV record for ratings for a non-sports show with its Season 5 premiere episode, averaging 17.3 million viewers. AMC renewed the series for Season 6 before Season 5’s debut even aired.
  • The Season 5 record topped the series’ Season 4 premiere episode record from a year earlier of 16.1 million viewers. Not bad for a TV series that drew 5.4 million viewers for its Season 1 premier.
  • The zombie movie World War Z, starring Brad Pitt, collected $202 million in the United States. And when the foreign gross is included, the movie took in $540 million.

Zombie-related books, television shows, and movies are more popular than ever. More than 70 movies that include zombies have appeared in the first half of the 2010s. Now consider that when the cult classic of zombie movies, Night of the Living Dead, was released in 1968, another zombie movie wasn’t released for three years afterward.

Greatest Zombie Concentrations

If you’re interested in where zombies are discussed most often in the world, you’re in luck. As referenced in the infographic, the Oxford Internet Institute has put together a list of the locations in the world where Internet searches include the word zombie. The United States, United Kingdom, and Japan have had the most zombie-related Internet searches, while countries like Canada and Australia had far fewer searches than might be expected.

However, the biggest zombie concentrations right now occur during zombie walks. In these occurrences, hundreds or even thousands of people dress like zombies and shuffle through city streets. Some zombie walks include groups of human survivors, too, causing an impromptu zombie-human “war” scene to break out in the street. It may look gruesome and violent, but it’s all in fun. Some of the biggest zombie walk cities, according to the Travel Channel, include:

  • Asbury Park, N.J.
  • Brisbane (Australia)
  • Chicago
  • Detroit
  • London
  • Mexico City
  • Philadelphia
  • Pittsburgh
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Stiges (Spain)
  • Stockholm
  • Toronto

Avoid Zombie-Like Behavior

As shown in the infographic, zombies portrayed in pop culture typically aren’t all that fast, so if you get stuck behind a zombie walk in one of these cities, be prepared to wait a while. Although most zombies in various movies and TV shows move slowly, they do have varying speeds of movement, depending on the whims of writers, actors, and producers, including:

  • Dawn of the Dead: Movie (1978), 0.4 steps per second
  • Night of the Living Dead: Movie (1968), 1 step per second
  • The Walking Dead: TV (2010-present), 1.9 steps per second
  • 28 Days Later: Movie (2002), 3.9 steps per second
  • World War Z: Movie (2014), 6.7 steps per second

Regardless of how fast they move, because zombies are able to go without rest or sleep, they’re able to overwhelm even the most well-conditioned human who’s exposed and in the open. Slow and steady wins the race, even for zombies, apparently.

So if you’ve decided you need to jump onto the zombie bandwagon with both feet by binge-watching every episode of The Walking Dead, keep that slow and steady idea in the back of your mind. Staying up for 48 straight hours to get caught up will not only have you seeing zombies on the TV screen, but you’ll also start looking – and smelling – like a zombie.

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