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    • Scientific Reasons Part 2 & Walking Dead

      7 years ago

      The survivors

      Alright I about had it with the Walking Dead series they have on TV the first parts they did pretty good following the graphic comic in the beginning but then it all went to stupidity when they went to the CDC. Seriously I'm not even going to list what they did wrong but I do know is that they lost a lot of fans for because they thought changing the story line would be good. Good Job HollyWood you ruined yet another show for me and many many others.

      4. Neurotoxins

      What are they?
      There are certain kinds of poisons that slow your bodily functions to the point that you'll be considered dead, even to a doctor (okay, maybe not to a good doctor). The poison from fugu (Japanese blowfish) can do this.

      The victims can then be brought back under the effects of a drug like datura stramonium (or other chemicals called alkaloids) that leave them in a trance-like state with no memory, but still able to perform simple tasks like eating, sleeping, moaning and shambling around with their arms outstretched.

      How it can result in zombies:
      "Can?" How about "does."

      This stuff has happened in Haiti; that's where the word "zombie" comes from. There are books about it, the most famous ones by Dr. Wade Davis (Passage of Darkness and The Serpent and the Rainbow). Yes, the movie The Serpent and the Rainbow was based on this guy's actual science stuff. How much of it was fact? Well, there was that one scene where they strapped the guy naked to a chair and drove a huge spike through his balls. We're hoping that part wasn't true.

      What is definitely true is the story of Clairvius Narcisse. He was a Haitian guy who was declared dead by two doctors and buried in 1962. They found him wandering around the village 18 years later. It turned out the local voodoo priests had been using naturally occurring chemicals to basically zombify people and putting them to work on the sugar plantations (no, really).

      So, the next time you're pouring a little packet of sugar into your coffee, remember that it may have been handled by a zombie at some point.

      Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse:
      On the one hand, it's already fucking happened! So that earns it some street cred right off the bat. But, even if some evil genius intentionally distributed alkaloid toxins to a population to turn them into a shambling, mindless horde, there is no way to make these zombies aggressive or cannabalistic.



    • Back up and Scientific Reasons Part 1

      7 years ago

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      Alright so I figured to get this group back up and running by putting up some journals and getting some activity back so here is the first of many journals I am going to put up.

      5 Scientific Reasons a Zombie Apocalypse Could Actually Happen

      5. Brain Parasites

      Parasites that turn victims into mindless, zombie-like slaves are fairly common in nature. There's one called toxoplasmosa gondii that seems to devote its entire existence to being terrifying.

      This bug infects rats, but can only breed inside the intestines of a cat. The parasite knows it needs to get the rat inside the cat (yes, we realize this sounds like the beginning of the most fucked-up Dr. Seuss poem ever) so the parasite takes over the rat's freaking brain, and intentionally makes it scurry toward where the cats hang out. The rat is being programmed to get itself eaten, and it doesn't even know.

      Of course, those are just rats, right?

      How it can result in zombies:
      Hey, did we mention that half the human population on Earth is infected with toxoplasmosa, and don't know it? Hey, maybe you're one of them. Flip a coin.

      Oh, also, they've done studies and shown that the infected see a change in their personality and have a higher chance of going batshit insane.

      Chances this could cause a zombie apocalypse:
      Humans and rats aren't all that different; thats why they use them to test our drugs. All it takes is a more evolved version of toxoplasmosa, one that could to do us what it does to the rats. So, imagine if half the world suddenly had no instinct for self-preservation or rational thought. Even less than they do now, we mean.
      If you're comforting yourself with the thought that it may take forever for such a parasite to evolve, you're forgetting about all the biological weapons programs around the world, intentionally weaponizing such bugs. You've got to wonder if the lab workers don't carry out their work under the unwitting command of the toxoplasmosa gondii already in their brains. If you don't want to sleep at night, that is.

      You may be protesting that technically these people have never been dead and thus don't fit the dictionary definition of "zombies," but we can assure you that the distinction won't matter a whole lot once these groaning hordes are clawing their way through your windows.

      Part 2 will come in a couple days


    • Deserted

      8 years ago

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      Well its been kinda dull around here without any new journals going up and helping break the silence so I'm going to break the silence and try to get this rolling again. reasons as to why a zombie Apocalypse would not work

      7. Zombies have too many natural predators
      *last I checked animals don't like eating putrid flesh*

      6. Zombies can't take the heat
      *take the outbreak of 1893 in French North Africa for example, from what I read the sun would only preserve the zombies and slow the decaying process*

      5. Zombies can't handle the cold
      *true in some areas but cold will only do two things either slow them down or freeze them for a time being, you have to think out of the box, for instance what if the person was bitten and was wearing full snow gear*

      4. Biting is a terrible way to spread the disease
      * other are plenty of other ways to spread an infectious disease: Who knows how long it take for a body to completely change, and that leaves a lot of other possibilities such as coughing on someone, transferring blood via transfusion, splatter, open wound to another open wound or any other orifice*

      3. Zombies Can't Heal from Day to Day Damage
      *true but they can still spread their infection to other individuals and then the infected individual will continue spreading it's infection until it can no longer continue, like the female mosquito that sucks blood and spreads certain diseases from one thing to another until it expires or is killed*

      2. The Landscape is Full of Zombie-Proof Barriers
      *alright the great plains is not exactly zombie proof, and yes mountains do help but think what if a individual you are with came in contact with zombies and never told anyone and was able to make it all the way up the mountain without turning until he got to the top and then all hell broke loose, the point is nothing should be considered safe*

      1. Weapons and the people who use them
      *alright my favorite subject, now not everyone has a gun, oh sure gun stores but think of the state laws that are passed especially in California banning certain firearms, other states have passed similar laws banning certain types of weapons, also the military does have state of the art weaponry but they will not use it on any kind of civilian not to mention it would take a while for someone with no knowledge of zombies to figure out to shoot the head*

      I really want to hear feedback on this subject to see what you all think of it.


    • I'd like to have a word with you...

      9 years ago

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      A while back, I made a proposition. I suggested that we shift our efforts from focusing on zombies to focusing on every single form of apocolypse, ranging from realistic to complete fiction. But the proposition (Prop. Ragnarok as I like to jokingly call it) was ultimately turned down.

      When I first started this group, I hadn't expected it to grow so large. Before, I had failed at multiple attempts to start a forum topic that would last at least 2 pages. So when I made this group, I really believed it wouldn't survive. The word "stillborn" comes to mind. But a miracle happened, our group flourished. 1 member became 2, 2 became 10, and 10 sprang to 1000. It was all going so well. Everyone was happy. We were officially the largest group whose general topic was how to realistically survive a zombie outbreak.

      But I had a moment of clarity early on. Zombies are only a fad. And like all fads, they start to die down. Pretty soon the flow of news entries, forum topics, and comments slowly winded down. out of 1201 members, only 120 actually pay attention to the group, and an even smaller number actually comment or bring original ideas to the table. The majority of our members consist of nothing more then people who are just members so they can wear it on there profile like a piece of flare.

      That is where Prop. Ragnarok came in. It would change our group into something new, something that would survive all things that become popular in the media. The amount of topics we could discuss wouldn't be as pigeon-holed as zombies are. The varies of ideas on how the world ends brought the promise of all sorts of discussion on how to survive them. It could have been really big.

      But that's what brings us back here. Prop. Ragnarok was turned down, and now I realize I was trying to catch lightning in a bottle.

      But I do feel that some of you share the same vision. After all, more then 50 of you voted yes to Prop. Ragnarok. And I'm only sorry that I cannot bring you that vision. Especially since I respect the wishes of the 61 members who voted against it to change the group without there consent.

      But recently, a member of our group decided to take action where I had failed to. There is a group called "The Survivalists." It's createdm owned, and adminstrated by SpartanO15. He sent me a invite and I took him up on the offer.

      So, for those of you who are interested, heres the link.

      Maybe its not impossible to catch lightning in a bottle. Maybe it just requires alot of tries.

      Would you care to try?

    • Space: the final place to die

      9 years ago

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      I was recently watching a walkthrough of EA's "DEAD SPACE" on Youtube. its a scary videogame, and the sense of dread really presses down on you. But I've really enjoyed the animated preface comic that EA released for the videogame, giving you an idea of what happened to lead to the events of the game.

      For those of you who aren't familar with the video game, DEAD SPACE is a OTS (over the shoulder) horror game. You take control of the character Issac Clarke, a simple engineer who is a part of a repair and rescue ship responding to a distress call from a ship known as the USG ISHIMURA. However, once you are onboard the ship, you soon discover that its infested with monsters, known in the game manual as "Necromorphs". Pretty soon, you learn that the necromorphs are basically a microscopic lifeform that infects necrotic (dead) tissue and manifests a macroscopic organism. It uses its larger organism to kill, thus continuing its speices.

      In the game, the only known way to destroy a necromorph is by completely dismembering the organism. That means decapitation isn't good enough. Its everything or nothing.

      And thats when I realized that the Necromorph is basically a new type of zombie. It spreads through infection, it targets living organisms, and using convential methods are useless.

      And when you consider that, that means that is could possibly be a WORSE zombie then the type you find in L4D. Especially when you consider that these things constantly mutate and adapt to compensate for any kind of damage, and because some actually have the capability of flight, due to a thin membrane of skin that extends from there arm to there ribs.

      So, the question I pose to you is: How would you change your zombie plan if it turned out that you had to deal with necromorphs?

    • The results

      9 years ago

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      Well, the results are in of the re-count. 39 of you said that you were for the change. And 52 members voted against the change.

      So, officially, the group is going to remain the same. So, if you know anyone who left because of the proposed idea of changing the group, tell them to come back.

    • Re-count

      9 years ago

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      Apparently, I've been getting alot of hatemail from members whom are angry with the news entry I posted 7 hours ago. Some are even going so far to accuse the administrators and I of abusing our position on this group. Hell, I even had one guy compare me with past dictators.

      So, to show that we at THE SURVIVORS are not weapons-grade douchebags, were going to have a do-over. This poll will finally decide whether or not we change the group. While I work to undo the changes I made (except the description line, that is loads better then the old one) you, our proud and steadfast members, will get a chance to vote again. Make sure to get as many other members to vote as possible!

      The start of the poll to decide the fate of our group is today (01/29/10) at 4:00 PM. The poll officially closes February 12th, 2010 (02/12/10) at 4:00 PM. That gives everyone two whole weeks to vote.

      So get out there and start voting!

    • The people have spoken!

      9 years ago

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      Last Friday, I posed the question on you faithful members whether or not we should change our group from a zombie survival group into a group about surviving every single incarnation of the apocolpyse. And here is the final tally:

      Should we change our group as described in the news entry?

      33 voted YES

      17 voted NO

      Ah; sweet, sweet Democracy in action. Don't you just love it?

      Well, your cries for change have not fallen on deaf ears. Starting today, were going to slowly ease into the changes I described in the last news entry. Keep in mind that alot of the zombie related pictures are going to get removed, but We'll keep the fan favorites up.

      Thats it for today. Stay tuned and stay alive in the upcoming days.

      From the desk of NightFlier01,
      Owner & Operator of The Survivors

    • Back in the saddle

      9 years ago

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      Well, sorry I've been away for so long. I was meaning to do a special topic but a very near and dear family member passed away, and I had to help see to the funeral arrangements. So, before we begin, I'd like to have a moment of silence for that family member, a very kind hearted and religious persom whom sadly died young from Cancer.

      Ok, now on to the topic. I've been considering the topic we always discuss on this group. For some odd reason, it just seems to be such a narrow topic from all the other doomsday possibilities. WWIII, Robot armageddon, Gobal warming, alien invasion, and the rapture (basically God realizing that the devil is winning and decides to take all the good people into heaven without dying or anything like that).

      Considering the shear numbers we have in this group, and the amazing amount of intellectual topics that you guys so generously offer in the forums, I think that maybe The Survivors can be more then just a zombie survival group. Maybe we can become the group on this site thats prepared for every single version of the end of the world. I seriously think we can pull off this switch based on our membership and the level of foresight our group has shown.

      So, what do you think guys? Should we make the change, and truely earn our group title as The Survivors?

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