Zombie News Day

The much-esteemed BBC reports that two Canadian universities teamed up on research showing that:

If zombies actually existed, an attack by them would lead to the collapse of civilisation unless dealt with quickly and aggressively. …

To give the living a fighting chance, the researchers chose “classic” slow-moving zombies as our opponents rather than the nimble, intelligent creatures portrayed in some recent films.

And the Pioneer Press reports that a Minnesota woman once arrested at a “Zombie Dance Party” is now charged in Texas with sending an email threatening the life of an FBI snitch Brandon Darby, the community activist-turned-informant. No info available about what the email actually said, but the PiPress has fascinating detail about the 2006 zombie arrest during the Aquatennial Parade:

Members of the group said they intended the display as performance art and social commentary on “what they believed to be the mindless nature of consumer culture,” U.S. District Judge Joan Ericksen later wrote in a court ruling. They used their sound system to broadcast “silly mock advertisements like ‘brain check on aisle five,’ ‘get your brains here,’ and ‘brains,’ ” Ericksen wrote.

Police originally told them to turn down their music, but the confrontation escalated into arrests. The zombies were taken into custody for alleged disorderly conduct and for allegedly violating a law passed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks that made it a crime to alarm the public with simulated weapons of mass destruction.

They were never charged, but they sued the city and Hennepin County for false imprisonment, assault, battery and defamation.

And I thought August was a slow news month!

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