We know that zombies ingest living flesh. But, what about zombie digestion? Is there zombie urine? Zombie feces? Zombie flatulence? %0D %0D Do any of the zombie fictions in film, graphic novels/comics, videogames, or novels answer these questions?%0D %0D
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/09/2013|
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|by Anonymous||reply 1||11/09/2010|
Since they are dead, they are eating flesh not out of biological necessity. It's a kind of compulsion. Therefore, they do not digest the flesh. They eat until they cannot eat anymore, then they either cut themselves open to remove the accumulated flesh and start over again, or retire.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||11/09/2010|
OP, was it really necessary to start this disgusting topic? Why can't we just have a nice zombie discussion?%0D %0D Zombies in 28 Days Later did actually die of starvation. But they may not be considered zombies by some so much as people infected by the rage virus.
|by Anonymous||reply 3||11/09/2010|
R2 is correct. Zombies are re-animated corpses, so their internal organs do not function. Therefore, they cannot digest food and liquids the way a living person would. Once their stomachs are full, they either purge the contents or cut open their abdomens to remove the contents and then they start over.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||11/09/2010|
I want to know why zombies are in the zeitgeist AT ALL
|by Anonymous||reply 5||11/09/2010|
Go read Word War Z by Max Brooks. It will answer all your questions and more. Good stuff.
Basically, all that flesh stays in the zombie bellies rotting until they start to decompose and it falls out.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||11/09/2010|
OK. But what about the zombies in the walking dead? supposedly, they will weaken to the point of immobility if they do not eat. that sugests that they need the sustenance, which begs the question: where does that material go? %0D %0D also, with respect to the fictions in which the zombies are found to eat out of compulsion or reflext, as opposed to necessity, i've never seen a zombie rip open its gut to purge eaten flesh. that flesh has to go somewhere. these movies, novels, etc. never explain that problem. %0D %0D will the walking dead?%0D
|by Anonymous||reply 7||11/09/2010|
r6 -- i haven't read World War Z. THAT is a satisfying answer.
|by Anonymous||reply 8||11/09/2010|
So I take it Zombies really don't have any need for cook books.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||11/09/2010|
So everyone doesn't poop?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||11/09/2010|
Well, R10--it's not exactly "poop," but sometimes putrifying flesh does leak out of the rear end as the result of gravity.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||11/09/2010|
Butterfish has the same effect, r11.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||11/09/2010|
I always figured that since zombies are continuously in a state of decay, they need fresh brains to replenish their decaying flesh-like matter. They don't have the same biology as humans, exactly (duh) but they do require new cells to rejuvenate them according to the laws of zombie-science.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||11/09/2010|
I eat Christine O'Donnell's excrement.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||11/09/2010|
There are several types of fictional zombies, from the voodoo-type zombie ([italic]White Zombie, Serpent & the Rainbow[/italic]) to chemically reanimated ([italic]Night of the Living Dead[/italic]) to chemically mutated ([italic]Return of the Living Dead[/italic], [italic]Resident Evil[/italic] series, "House of the Dead" video game) to pathogenically mutated ([italic]28 Days Later[/italic], [italic]World War Z[/italic]). Max Brooks, in his book [italic]The Zombie Survival Guide[/italic], defines zombies as pathogenically mutated, that is, the Solanum virus affects a human host, kills it, then takes control of the brain, hence the need for a headshot to kill the zombie.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||11/09/2010|
And their pussies stink.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||11/09/2010|
If I ever had an opportunity, I would write a public health masters thesis entitled "Theoretical Epidemiology of a Zombie pandemic"
|by Anonymous||reply 17||11/09/2010|
It's all here for you OP.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||11/09/2010|
I left a monster zombie turd in the toilet.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||11/09/2010|
One of the best parts of '28 Days Later' was at the end -- seeing all of the zombies dying on the road in the countryside from starvation, because that's just what would happen if zombies existed.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||11/11/2010|
In The Walking Dead the zombies ate a horse. Do they crave any living flesh? I thought it was just humans, and specifically human brains.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||11/11/2010|
"28 Days Later" does not have zombies. They are humans infected with the "Rage" virus. They can die like any other human.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||11/11/2010|
[bold]All Life on Earth Could Have Come From Alien Zombies[/bold]
Life on Earth could have grown from the broken remains of alien viruses that, although dead, still contained enough information to give rise to new life.
Scientists have speculated that life could have come to Earth from space %E2%80%94 a notion called panspermia %E2%80%94 since the 1870s, when Lord Kelvin suggested microbes could have ridden here on a comet or meteor. Others have suggested tiny organisms could cross the galaxy embedded in dust grains, which could be nudged from one planetary system to another by the slight pressure of stars' radiation.
However, most astrobiologists think that same radiation spells a death sentence for delicate microbes.
"That essentially kills panspermia in the classical sense," said astrobiologist Rocco Mancinelli of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, California.
But maybe not, says astronomer Paul Wesson, a visiting researcher at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics in Canada. In an upcoming paper in Space Science Reviews, Wesson argues that even if the actual microbes are dead on arrival, the information they carry could allow life to rise from the charred remains, an idea he calls necropanspermia.
"The vast majority of organisms reach a new home in the Milky Way in a technically dead state," Wesson wrote. "Resurrection may, however, be possible."
[Continued at link.]
|by Anonymous||reply 23||11/11/2010|
An episode of Torchwod dealt with this. Can't remember which one. The character of Owen became one of the living dead and had to purge what he had ingested. It was pretty gross.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||11/11/2010|
All I know is that to keep ME alive, my followers need to regularly ingest crackers and wine!
|by Anonymous||reply 25||11/11/2010|
Personally I think it would have been awesome to have had Owen go through the hub eating people's brains. Although wouldn't Jack be like an all-you-can-eat-forever buffet?
|by Anonymous||reply 26||11/12/2010|
I think the flesh and brains dissolve by some strange acidic material that the zombies possess due to their bodies mutating, therefore they are always wanting MORE!
|by Anonymous||reply 27||11/13/2012|
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|by Anonymous||reply 28||09/08/2013|
I love R25.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||09/08/2013|
R25 is correct.
Christianity's most important ceremony involves ritual human sacrifice and cannibalism.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||09/08/2013|
As long as they can get an erection, it's all good.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||09/08/2013|
R30 Nice try, but Jesus himself, alive, instituted the Eucharist with bread and wine, symbolizing sacrifice. Building on the unleavened bread and blood from the Passover tradition, now sacrificing the self, not others.
But nice try, debasing something noble into schlock.
|by Anonymous||reply 32||09/08/2013|
They used to do something similar to incite antisemitism, but the blood libel would be a no-no on an enlightened place like the DL, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 33||09/08/2013|
I'm curious about R6's statement, even though it was written three years ago. I haven't read the book, but the movie "World War Z" provides zero explanation about how its zombies manage not only to live after death, but also move many times faster than humans. (Come to think of it, one can say the same thing about "I Am Legend.")
I'd be much more curious to hear how "hepatitis-V" has managed to infect much of the vamp world in "True Blood," even though it's a virus and thus impossible to host inside an undead being (a plot point discussed in "World War Z," actually).
|by Anonymous||reply 34||09/08/2013|
r32 has never heard of Transubstantiation.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||09/08/2013|
I could never get into Max Brooks' books but I enjoyed "The Zombie Autopsies."
The bottom line is that you can't be both dead and alive, so zombies can't exist.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||09/08/2013|
In terms of faster, my guess is it's because they don't tire. They can push through and continue on, where we have to rejuvenate. They might not be faster in the short term, but in the long term they are.
I have to write an essay to get a scholarship, based on what I would do with the zombie apocalypse. My best guess is to barricade myself in a boat in the middle of a deep lake. Zombies can't swim. But then there's ennui, sustenance and warmth to consider.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||09/08/2013|
Do they do other things out of "compulsion", too? Like blow jobs?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||09/08/2013|
Years ago there was a web series on Youtube where the plot hinged on this question. Had a few recognizable actors and decent production values. Essentially, a post zombie apocalypse think tank wondered - where do they put it all? The zombies NEVER had to take a shit, all that eaten flesh and no excrement. Eventually it was discovered that it was a type of alien possession, like vampirism, and the eaten flesh was being sent elsewhere through some kind of portal located inside the zombies. First episode ended on a fun cliffhanger and I always meant to follow up on it. But trying to find it on Youtube amid a sea of cheap zombie Youtube shorts and series seems impossible.
On the Walking Dead, they essentially suggested that one of the characters was *eaten entirely* by one Walker with an extended stomach. Really silly.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||09/09/2013|