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On Saturday, August 4, 2012, @ZombieHeadlines decided to try an experiment using Twitter.  The idea was to test the theory of how fast a zombie virus could spread.  By composing a specific tweet, the first “bite” would be initiated and anyone who read the tweet would become “infected” with the hypothetical virus.  Then, anyone who retweeted the message would perpetuate the experiment by acting as a hypothetical zombie as well.

The initial tweet was sent at 9:30 PM Saturday night.  It read:

An experiment: If you read this, you are now a zombie. RT and see how fast and how far the epidemic spreads. #zombies

The logic behind the experiment is nothing new.  It is the same way internet memes are perpetuated and how rumors go viral online everyday.  But, by testing the hypothetical spread of a zombie outbreak, the “social” aspect of a viral outbreak could be observed.

Of course, any resulting data would only be a rough estimate and could never be quantified with any precision due to the nature of social media BUT, those are the same challenges that first responders, scientists, and governments would face during a REAL zombie virus outbreak.  Watching trends and analyzing scattered, incomplete data would very likely be the only ways to track an actual zombie apocalypse.

The results were slow at first but began to accellerate rapidly.  Ten minutes after the first “bite” or tweet ZombieHeadlines tweeted:

Only 3 zombies in 10 minutes? Unbelievable!

But half an hour later, the experimental virus was already across the Atlantic Ocean in England:

Just over a dozen zombies now. Still mostly in the U.S. but one In the U.K. The experimental outbreak is already transatlantic

The fake virus then began to gain momentum rapidly and within an hour was actually going viral.

1 hour: Experimental epidemic is from Salt Lake City UT to NY. And has shown up in West Yorkshire, England and in Several Cities in Canada

By the second hour, the rate of transmission was over one zombie per minute.

Only two hours in and a new zombie about every 50 seconds. WOW!

At the time of this blog entry, less than 24 hours since the first experimental “bite” / tweet, there are already thousands of zombies in dozens of countries.  The hastag #ZombieTag was added to help track the experiment but, even with that addition, it is almost impossible to determine the scope of the social contagion.  There has been no decision on how long the experiment will run but updates will be posted as it continues to unfold.

Below is a list of strange occurrences of which people should be aware. To see the previous list of suspicious events from May 2012, pleas read the earlier post: Timeline of a Zombie Outbreak – May. The following events were not included in the earlier post and this list includes the first week of June (10 instances!). As more events come to light, they will be reported.

April 6, Shrewsbury Man Accused Of Killing Wife, Cannibalism

May 24, Mao Sugiyama Cooks, Serves Own Genitals At Banquet In Tokyo **Warning Graphic Photos**

May 28, Woman suspected of biting partner’s penis

May 30, Man cut off wife’s lips and ate them in Sweden

May 30, ‘Cannibal Monster’ Arrested In China

May 30, New Jersey man throws intestines at police after repeatedly stabbing himself

May 31, Maryland cannibal case: suspect accused of eating heart, brains

June 1, Staten Island Pizza Shop Owner Bites Mans Ear

June 3, Cannibal killer porn star ‘may have murdered before’
**Update on June 6: Severed hand and foot linked to Canadian ‘cannibal killer’

June 2, Louisiana man, Carl Jacquneaux, bites ex-wife’s husband’s face, removes chunk of skin

June 4, Former bath-salts addict: ‘It felt so evil’

June 4, South Carolina Woman, Is 5th Recent Case Of Flesh-Eating Bacteria

June 5, Police: High homeless man growls, attempts to bite off officer’s hand

June 5, Shoplifting suspect accused of biting Walmart employee

June 6, Wig Theft Suspect Bit Store Owner, Cops

June 6 (Some Vampires thrown in just for good measure) Vampire skeletons found in Bulgaria

June 7, Brazilian family claims dead boy sat up during funeral

Counting all the events from the earlier post, that’s 51 events since April and 10 events just in the first week of June!!!! Stay tuned, news of zombies and other strange events are being reported as they come to light and that number is likely to go up. If you know of something that should be on the list, leave a comment or send a tweet to @zombieheadlines

Newsweek & The Daily Beast is tracking news of instances that may be the precursor to a zombie apocalypse. Blue pins represent suspicious incidences or infections, while red pins represent acts of strange violence.

Here is a chronology of recent events which may point to a much larger problem.  Does this mean that the much anticipated “Zombie Apocalypse” is upon us?  Maybe and maybe not.  But it certainly should serve as a warning to be alert to the events currently unfolding.

-5/3, but not reported until 5/16: Mad-cow Testing Equipment Nabbed by Thieves
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-5/3, but not reported until 5/17: Stolen medical equipment may carry deadly brain disease
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-5/4: Atlanta man bitten by rabid bat
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-5/4: A man’s illness could have been transmitted by BSE
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-5/7, about the same cow as seen on 5/18 and without referencing the above: Atypical BSE Has Never Led To Human vCJD – But Could It?
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-5/9: Fox attacked Morganton, Ga., woman, tested positive for rabies
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-5/11: Suspected human rabies exposures surge in Palm Beach, FL
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-5/14: North Georgia officials warn residents of rabies increase
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-5/15: Florida Raccoon Tested Positive for Rabies
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-5/15: Hazmat teams blow up mysterious smoking drum in Hollywood, FL
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-5/16, : McArthur High School HazMat Situation: Students, Teachers Decontaminated After Breaking Out In Rash
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-5/16: Clinical Data Published for a Phase I AADC-deficiency Trial Using a Gene Therapy Manufactured by Florida Biologix
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-5/16: Children with rare, incurable brain disease improve after gene therapy
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-5/16: Gene Therapy for Brain Disease: Delivering a missing enzyme to the brains of paralyzed children with a rare, life-threatening neurological disease restores movement and builds muscle mass.
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-5/17: Polk Co., FL confirms 6th positive rabies case after 2 dogs found with dead raccoon
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-5/17: Rabies alert issued in Suwannee County, FL
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-5/17, after Taiwanese man (referenced in 5/4) contracts human mad cow disease: Florida Biologix helps Taiwan University Hospital achieve manufacturing objectives
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-5/18, in Washington: Review so far shows mad cow case was atypical
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-5/19: No confirmation on chemical at Fort Lauderdale International Airport
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-5/21: Police: Man bites woman in Westchester
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-5/21: 24 people treated after Dalton, GA chemical release
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-5/21: Third case of flesh-eating disease diagnosed in Ga.
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-5/23: I-285 reopens after hazmat incident
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-5/23: Man Bites Cousin’s Nose Off
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-5/24: Second Broward school reports mystery rash
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-5/25: Hazmat Called After Kids Exposed To Pesticide On Bus: Hazmat, EMS Respond To Lake County, FL School
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-5/25: Boynton Beach roads shut down after tanker rollover actively leaking fuel
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-5/25: ‘Disoriented’ passenger subdued on flight in Miami
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-5/25: Lake in Palm Bay permanently closed to swimmers
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-5/26: Naked Man Allegedly Eating Victim’s Face Shot And Killed By Miami Police
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-5/26: Florida Doctor Spits Blood at Highway Patrolmen After DUI Arrest
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-5/27: Georgia contractor bites Lowe’s employees, resists arrest
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-5/27: North Broward boil-water notice in effect through Monday
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-5/28: Group urges halt of U.S. beef imports due to ‘L-type’ human mad cow disease
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