Documented Zombie Outbreaks Throughout History
Zombie outbreaks has been documented throughout the years and dates back to as early as the era in which we call B.C. Why are they not always in the news? you might ask. Perhaps it is a cover-up to stop the public from panic. Maybe it is just a myth, a scary story, or just some experiment done by Nazi Hitler's scientists to help win world war II.
Whatever the case may be, there has been reports made about Zombie outbreaks in the past. Let us take a look at a few of the many documented reports on Zombie outbreaks.
Katanda, Central Africa, 60,000 B.C.
Recent archaeological expeditions discovered a cave that contained thirteen skulls on the banks of the Upper Semliki River, in Katanda, Central Africa. All of the skulls had been crushed. Near them was a large pile of fossilized ash. Laboratory analysis determined the ash to be the remains of thirteen human skeletons.
TOn the wall of the cave was a painting of a human figure, hands raised in a monster-like posture, eyes fixed in an evil flesh hungry stare. Inside its decaying blood stained mouth is the body of another human. This find has not been accepted as a genuine zombie outbreak as one could argue that the drawing only showed one zombie eatting another human. But the crushed skulls and burned bodies could be the amount of actual Zombies in this outbreak, while the cave drawing serves as a warning.
Other academics demand some type of physical evidence, such as a trace of fossilized Solanum. Results are still pending. If Katanda's authenticity is confirmed, it raises the question of why there was such a large gap between this first outbreak and the one that followed. This also could refer to cannibalism in these times, and the bodies found be the victims of a sole cannibal.
Roanoke Island, North Carolina, 1587
The English settlers of Roanoke, cut off from England, regularly sent hunting parties to the mainland to find food. One day, one of those parties failed to return. Three weeks later, a lone survivor of the eleven member group appeared at the colony. He told of a attack by "a band of savages . . . their putrid, worm-ridden skin impervious to powder and shot!". Although only one member of the party was killed, four others were badly wounded, succumbing the following day and were buried in shallow graves, only to rise up in just a matter of hours to attack their former friends. The survivor stated that his comrades were eaten alive by the risen colonists, and that he was the only one to escape. The disbelieving colony magistrate thought that he killed the other colonists and lied about it, ordering him to be hanged the next day.
Afterwards, another expedition of five men was sent to the mainland to try to find and recover the bodies of the first group, "lest their remains be desecrated by heathens." They came back in a state of near collapse, with scratch and bite wounds all over their bodies. They said that they were attacked by both the "savages" described by the executed survivor, and the members of the original group. The men, after a period of medical examination, all died within hours of each other, with burial set the following dawn. However, that night, they rose up and attacked the other colonists. It is unclear as to what happened next. One version told of the eventual infection and destruction of the entire colony. Another had the Croatan Indian Nation, knowing what was happening, killing all the colonists by burning them. Yet another had the Croatans rescuing the uninfected survivors, and eliminating both the zombies and infected wounded. All three stories have appeared in fictional accounts and historical texts for the last two centuries; however, none presents an perfect explanation as to why the first English settlement in North America literally vanished without a trace.
Key West, Florida, 1935
On Labor Day, September 2, 1935, a major hurricane bore down on the Florida Keys, a string of islands separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean. The hurricane, one of only two Category 5 storms ever recorded in the United States, made landfall at Key West, the most populous of the keys. As day turned to night, heavy rains and winds of over 150 miles an hour rolled over the island, destroying virtually everything standing. Amid the destruction, infected rats began roaming the island, and by morning, the first of the zombies appeared. Many islanders mistook the zombies for dazed hurricane survivors and the plague spread across the island like wildfire. To make matters worse, the roads and bridges connecting the keys to the mainland had been washed out by the storm. The islanders had no way to escape. Scores of people drowned when they chose to leap into the choppy surf rather than face the voracious zombies.
Within days, FVZA troops from all over the south converged on Key West in a variety of sea craft. They established a beachhead on the south side of the island and went about the process of extermination. It took three weeks to secure the island. A total of 3500 people were infected and destroyed, an enormous number considering that there was a zombie vaccine available at this time.
Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1863
1863 was the pivotal year of the American Civil War. The Union army, sensing victory, tried to deal a knockout blow to the Confederacy by taking control of the Mississippi River. After New Orleans fell to the Union, the city of Vicksburg remained as the last Confederate holdout on the big river. On May 18, 1963, 3200 Union troops arrived off the coast of Vicksburg and demanded an immediate surrender. But Confederate leaders refused, and the Union laid seige to the city. A month of heavy bombardment ensued.
On June 17, city residents spotted the first zombie, and within days, dozens were wandering about. This development hardly worried the 30,000 Confederate troops protecting the city; they entertained themselves by conducting target practice on the zombies. But with their supply lines cut off, the Confederate troops soon ran out of ammunition, and the zombies kept coming. To this day, Southerners claim that the Union let the zombie plague continue out of pure malice. In any case, when Union forces entered the city on July 3, hundreds of zombies were roaming the streets, many in Confederate Army uniforms with flagpoles in hand. As there was no FVZA at this time, the Union soldiers had to do the killing and they quickly found out that zombies, unlike soldiers, do not surrender. In the end, an estimated 2000 people were infected and destroyed at Vicksburg, almost as many as were killed in the Battle of Bull Run.
At the beginning of the 1890s, Hawaii found itself in a tug of war between native islanders, who wanted the islands to remain independent, and powerful sugar growers who wanted to join the United States. Queen Lili'uokalani ascended to the throne in 1891 and promptly enacted a series of measures designed to weaken the influence of the sugar growers. However, her mind was soon occupied by different matters: in August of 1892, a zombie plague that had begun among Chinese laborers in the sugar cane fields of Oahu spread to Honolulu. Wave after wave of zombies came staggering out of the jungle, forcing desperate islanders to board outrigger canoes and flee to neighboring islands.
Despite her fear of losing independence, the Queen had no choice but to ask the United States for help. A detachment of FVZA troops arrived in the fall and quickly wrested control of the city from the zombies. But the surrounding countryside proved more difficult to clear, and more FVZA agents were called in. The sugar growers took advantage of the chaos and panic by launching a coup, and the Queen was deposed. Hawaii was annexed by the United States in 1898, but they did not become the 50th star on the American flag until August 21, 1959.
There has long been suspicion that the sugar growers let the plague go in order to destabilize the queen, a suspicion strengthened by the fact that the top growers left Hawaii shortly after the outbreak began. Whatever the case, Hawaii's 1893 zombie outbreak killed just under 2000 people, making it the third-worst in U.S. history.
Recent Documented Zombie Attacks
It seems there is even an organization formed today that is wanting to document any and all forms of zombie outbreak activity lostzombie.com They have even made a video public.
However upon visiting the website I could not find a page that listed anything, nor even found a page that I could submit a few videos to be documented. But don't shrug it off as just another zombie crackpot, the site might be still in the works of becoming active. After all there was a few reported sightings in florida.
A news agency, usnews.com reports of a zombie attacking another man and actually biting his face off, before police could shoot the zombie down and free the almost dead victim. This and many other incidents have all been linked to a new drug called "Bath Salts." It has just recently become a federal law banning the sale of bath salts. In a press release, Susan Collins, the Maine Republican senator who sponsored the federal bill that would ban synthetic drugs, said bath salts and other chemical compounds are a "national threat that requires national action." That became clear Saturday, when Miami police shot and killed a man who was found eating the face of a homeless man the victim of an alleged bath salts high.
But according to various news reports, people high on bath salts have been arrested in various fits of violence over the past 18 months. Bath salt-users have been found barricaded in attics, stealing cars, attacking priests, and staying conscious through several stun-gun blasts. One man in Pennsylvania told police that he thought he was being chased by electricity while on the drug.
A Scientific Reason Zombie Outbreaks is Immpossible
If one really thinks about the reasons a Zombie Outbreak would be immpossible, it is really very easy to realize that an outbreak would not last long enough to wipe out the world of the human race. From the time a body dies, it starts to decay. the muscles start to become weak, and the skin becomes fragile as well as the bones. Although a zombie only dies by destroying the brain, eventually the body would decay to only ash in the sunlight, and everytime the zombie received a wound, it would make the decaying process even quicker. Some colder regions in the North may take time for the decaying process, because of the cold icy conditions, but eventually they would be wiped out by the remaining humans that survived the initial outbreak.