Posts Tagged: ‘zombies’

Although it’s been around since the early 1990s, I’ve just learned about the “Reborn” doll subculture of collectors who buy up pricey baby dolls, strip the paint off their faces and sometimes remove their stuffing in order to give them second, far more realistic-looking, lives. An editor of Doll Crafter magazine told The New York Times in 2005 that “reborning” came out of a confluence of doll collecting, DIY, and the popularity of eBay where many reborn babies are bought and sold. Now, The New York Times photo blog has published a series from Rebecca Martinez who documented the reborn doll trend for five years…

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We’re getting a little tired of vampires and zombies. Well, I am. Holly likes vampires (but not in a Cullen way) and is getting a little desensitized to the zombie gore. We do wonder what’s coming next, though.

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Our zombie episode published the day after “The Walking Dead” aired its midseason finale. That timing was completely planned, let me tell you. That’s just how on top of it Holly and I are when we go into the studio, especially when we’re recording stuff way ahead of time because of holiday scheduling. Really.

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I’ve been complaining a lot about “The Walking Dead” this season. I thought my complaint was that the story doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Example: We’re six episodes in, and we’ve still neither found Sophia nor stopped looking for her.

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Have you ever started researching something cool and come across something even better? As I delved into yesterday’s post, I spied a truly mind-blowing tidbit: In April, the marketing firm that partnered with Reed Street Productions to put together the “Run for Your Lives” 5K race instituted the world’s first zombie marketing division. I would say “my head just exploded” or something like that, but I think the zombies would like that just a little too much. So, who are these guys?

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If you like your zombies more “28 Days Later” than “The Walking Dead,” then you’d probably love something like the “Run for Your Lives” 5K race. If you’re wondering what competitive running has to do with zombies … well, not much, unless you’re running from them, of course. This October, however, 10,000 brave runners will test that theory by running a standard 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race that just so happens to be riddled with undead creatures that want to eat them.

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To quote esteemed mad scientist Seth Brundle, “Insects don’t have politics.” Theirs is a world of intricate brutality and wasps have been excelling in it for more than a hundred million years. This latest example comes to us in this paper from France’s CNRS (Délégation Paris Michel-Ange) and it concerns a wasp that not only hatches from its egg inside the belly of a ladybug, but upon emerging forces its eviscerated host to guard its cocoon while it transitions from larva to full-grown horror wasp.

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One of my favorite aspects of the AMC runaway hit “The Walking Dead” is the way it lovingly showcases its Atlanta setting. I got a serious kick out of seeing the city — street signs and all — so prominently displayed throughout the show’s first season and I just about fell off my couch when I learned that one of last season’s climactic moments was filmed mere minutes from my apartment. So you know I was giddy when I read an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlighting the return of “The Walking Dead” to my neighborhood.

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Follow HowStuffWorks.com Tech Editor Holly Frey on her adventures at E3 2011! Here’s what she had to say about her second day on the show floor:

I started my day by killing bikini-clad zombies with a boat oar. How was your morning?

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In his excellent New York Times editorial piece, Chuck Klostermlan described zombies as a collective fear projection of the boring, unstoppable forces that will consume us in our humdrum lives. That being said, the undead still continue to fascinate teaming masses of fans, forcing a lot of people who otherwise wouldn’t to consider survival strategies for the end of civilization. What does the CDC have to say?

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