A news story credited to the BBC reports that a new strain of the H1N1 flu virus has emerged, dubbed “H1Z1” by health authorities, or “zombie swine flu.”
“After death,” the article asserts, “this virus is able to restart the heart of it”™s [sic] victim for up to two hours after the initial demise of the person where the individual behaves in extremely violent ways from what is believe to be a combination of brain damage and a chemical released into blood during ‘resurrection.'”
Entertainment Weekly’s PopWatch blog labeled the story “hilarious but totally bogus,” an assessment with which I was inclined to concur until I learned that an electronic road sign was spotted over the weekend in Colchester, Vermont flashing the words, “EFF SWINE FLU. ZOMBIE INVASION!!!!! TURN BACK.”
Local authorities say that warning, too, is a hoax, but how do we know they aren’t just co-conspirators in a plot to zombify the entire population of the world?
photo: Burlington Free Press