The zombie apocalypse is a fascinating, frightening prospect. Friends and loved ones turning on you, no cure, an enemy that refuses to stop, and hungers for your flesh. A world in which the dead don’t stay dead. Sounds bleak, doesn’t it? Luckily, we all know zombies are fictional creations, and have little-to-no basis in reality. Like, a zombie apocalypse could never actually happen… right?
As it turns out, there have been times, many in the recent past, during which we haven’t been so sure. From people attacking and eating folks in Florida without cause (other than bath salts), to individuals who woke up at their own funeral, various real life incidents have left many wondering, are zombies real, and if so, is the zombie apocalypse upon us?
Florida Zombies Strike Again
After detained by police, Harrouff slipped into a coma, and was unconscious for weeks. He was finally released from the hospital to face charges on October 4, seven weeks after the incident took place. Harrouff apparently lost nearly 50 pounds in the hospital, and his father has come forward saying he believes his son was poisoned, hence his actions.
A Texan Zombie Eats His Friend’s Dog
Alerted by the commotion, a family dog came running. Upon seeing the dog, the zombified man choked the animal, beat it, and began to eat it alive. The dog did not survive the attack, and when police got there, the man was sitting on the porch, drenched in its blood.
In India, a Woman Eats Her Own Child Alive
The mother was beaten by her neighbors, and blamed her behavior on alcohol and hunger. Police saved the zombie woman from the mob, and got her medical care. Her husband hadn’t been seen for some time, and it’s uncertain what became of him after.
Big Lurch Ends Up Being a Big Zombie
One night in 2002, he attacked a woman who was staying with him, killing her in a drug-induced rage. But it didn’t stop there. He disemboweled her, and ate parts of her face and lungs. When police found Big Lurch, he was standing naked in the middle of the street, drenched in blood, screaming at the sky. From an outside perspective, there’s no doubt the whole tragic incident brings thoughts of zombies to mind.
A Man in China Ate a Woman’s Face After a Traffic Dispute
Zombies in Haiti Are Basically Slaves
Practitioners of voodoo in Haiti believe a witch or other powerful being can capture the soul of a live person and control that person’s body. Once they have your soul (which they might keep in a jar), they can more or less do whatever they want with you, including sell you. Is it possible to rescue someone whose soul is stolen with voodoo? Yes. Salt can help them, as well as breaking the jar the soul is in. However, in most cases, zombis remain slaves, lethargic, strong, gaunt, and not fully conscious.
This all sounds completely ludicrous, but there are documented cases from trustworthy sources. In 1937, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Haiti to investigate zombi culture and discovered Felicia Felix-Mentor, a woman villagers insisted was under the control of a voodoo practitioner. After investigating the case, Hurston concluded the woman was in fact being controlled by someone, and used as a slave, though the method of control was drugs, not voodoo mind control.
Kids Are Coming Back from the Dead to… Ask For a Glass of Water?
Perhaps strangest of all, this wasn’t an isolated incident. In 2012, in Brazil, a two-year-old boy lying in an open casket sat up, turned to his father, and asked for a glass of water. When he lay back down, he died (again) almost instantly.
In Venezuela, a Man Came Back to Life During His Own Autopsy
The body suddenly opens its eyes and screams at you. Surely, you’d think you were about to get your face bit.
This is exactly what happened with Carlos Camejo in 2007. After being pronounced dead in the wake of a highway accident, he was taken for autopsy, and came to in immense amounts of pain, as a coroner cut open his body. Camejo didn’t eat anyone, but he did sue the pants off of those who declared him dead.
Even Ebola Can’t Always Keep Someone Down
That’s exactly what happened in Liberia, and it happened in front of a news camera. The cremation crew was putting a body in a bag when suddenly the man started to move. A crowd gathered as the responders put the man on a gurney and rushed him to the hospital.
A Chinese Woman Awoke From the Dead, and She Was Hungry
In 2012, a neighbor of Li Xiufeng found the 95-year-old showing every sign of being dead. To be generous, the neighbor placed her in a coffin. Feeling a bit peckish, the apparently undead Xiufeng got up out of the coffin six days after being put in. Her family found her in the kitchen, preparing food. Her neighbors had taken or destroyed all her possessions after assuming she was dead, btw. How much would that suck? Come back from the dead, all your stuff’s gone.
Zombie Foxes Are Apparently Real
“It was like a terminator or a zombie,” Campbell said. And that’s why you always have a dog that outweighs a fox.