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October 13, 2014

Four days of Comic Con, it’s time to return to the real.

A zombie performer was accidentally killed when he was run over by the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus”, that real enough for you? See Daily News: “Washington man, 18, dressed as zombie, killed in Idaho corn maze attraction” by Joel Landau NBCnews: “Teen Role Player Killed by ‘Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus’ at Corn Maze“:

Jeremy T. McSpadden, 18, of Washington state, tripped and fell under the rear wheels of the “Zombie Slayer Paintball Bus” as it slowly rolled through the “Incredible Corn Maze” in Hauser, Idaho …

“Many of the patrons believed it was just part of the ride,”

Meanwhile, an article in the Inquisitr mention that death and an: “Ohio Fire-Breather Burned While Performing At Halloween-Themed Event” about performer Ashley Keach:

Her first post about the incident was, “Big woops tonight.”

And, in other real horror this past week, see Arkansas Business: “Damage to Cotton Crop Now Estimated at 24k Acres” by Associated Press:

an estimated 24,000 acres of cotton crops were damaged by a recent hail storm.

Mississippi County Extension Staff Chairman Ray Benson says some farmers are “walking around like a zombie,” not knowing what to do.

I have no idea how this will effect cotton prices, which have been low recently. Cotton futures have been on a wild ride this decade:

Today in NY Post, Andrea Peyser reminds us: “The Department of Defense is prepared for a zombie attack” with references from ConPlan 8888 and CDC survival preparation materials.

And Missouri is offering free prep classes, see LakeExpo: “ Zombies in the woods: Conservation department uses the undead to teach survival skills“:

what if a zombie apocalypse really did occur and the world was taken over by evil creatures bent on destruction? Would you be ready? Do you have the skills to survive?

the naturalist staff at the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) can prepare you.

sign up for Survival Skills 101: Zombies!, being held at MDC’s August A. Memorial Busch Conservation Area in St. Charles on Friday, Oct. 24, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

But the 8888 plan may be too optimistic as regards zombie animals (particularly chicken zombies). See io9: “Even Animal Planet Is Making A Zombie TV Series Now” by Rob Bricken:

Animal Planet has announced that it’s optioned The Other Dead, the IDW comic book about a world where a zombie virus appears that only infects (non-human) animals.

It is an ongoing question of whether animals can be zombies because many people don’t believe animals have any kind of higher consciousness in the first place. However, in terms of a public health risk, a disease that could pass across multiple species would be very dangerous. And recall the plot of “Planet of the Apes” movies in which the apes are taken as pets after a plague wipes out the dogs and cats. But I also wonder what kind of corporate pressure Animal Planet must be facing, it’s a network of animal pictures in a world full of internet cat pictures. How well does Animal Planet stand to fair in the new TV business models? Would they survive if networks were unbundled so viewers didn’t have to buy a whole package? Is Animal Planet itself a zombie network?

Also, in legal news, see Inman: “Would you rather face RESPA-TILA disclosure rule, or zombie apocalypse?“:

The 1,888-page RESPA-TILA Integrated Mortgage Disclosures Rule issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and taking effect next year “isn’t a brain-eating zombie,” but “it certainly feels like a monster.”

it will integrate information currently provided to consumers in four separate documents to satisfy the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) and the Truth in Lending Act (TILA), boiling it down to two documents: a loan estimate and closing disclosure.

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Sometimes simplification isn’t simple at all. And whether you are hunting zombies or fireblowing, we want people to be aware of risk with suitable disclosure. So, consider this fair warning that pets may be involved in the apocalypse, be prepared (stock up on extra pet food, which should help sell ads on Animal Planet).

Finally, it seems that the “Zombie Pub Crawl 2014 Sets World Record“:

According to Zombie Pub Crawl organizers, the event – which had an official number of 15,458 zombies walking through the Warehouse District – set a Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people dressed as zombies.”

Bravo to them. The zombie meme just keeps spreading and getting more real.

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