5 Real Life Zombies

The thought of our bodies walking around and operating without our personal conscious or as the more spiritual believe without our soul is an idea that has intrigued and captivated the minds of human beings for centuries. Whether it be the living-dead and body snatchers of Hollywood movies or the stories of voodoo priests using potions to turn rivals into mindless drones to do their bidding, myths, movies, and stories about zombies have been a mainstay in human culture. But the idea of our bodies walking around without freewill or after we have passed may be closer to the realm of the natural than we all thought.

1. Zombie Spiders

We have all been in the situation where we see a hideous bug in our sink or bathtub and instead of squishing it we take a more timid approach and turn the water on and drown the pest. Imagine you try to that and you watch the ugly sucker spin down the drain. You return to the bathroom later to make the horrifying discovery that the bug had returned from the dead. There are two possibilities: either you have a bathroom infested with bugs or you are dealing with a wolf spider, whose appearance is even more terrifying than its name.

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Scientists at the University of Rennes in France collected 120 Wolf Spiders and submerged them underwater and waited for them to die. After all signs of life left their little spider bodies (some stayed submerged for 40 hours) the scientists laid the corpses out to dry so they could later weigh them.

A few hours later the spiders rose from the dead. Even though they were not craving brains, the spiders still appeared to be zombies. When threatened with drowning the spiders enter a comatose state where their metabolism virtually stops and all signs of life cease (the description of this comatose state sounds like death). After things get dry they awake and carry on with their business as if nothing ever happened.

2. Zombie Wetas

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The weta is s large insect (some species growing as large as 4 inches long) that are native to New Zealand. They have a very painful bite and can inflict painful bacteria laced scratches with their spiny legs. Their physical appearance is cricket-like but with a few distinguishing features. These creatures mere existence is terrifying but combine that with the fact that these insects are undead and you have one formidable zombie bug.

The tree weta have a protein in their blood that prevents water from freezing. Weta can survive being frozen alive for months at time in temperatures as low as -10°C by putting themselves in a suspended animation, like Sly Stallone in Demolition Man.

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This is an impressive feat, but it is also important to note that while in this suspended animation the weta’s heart and brain dies then recovers upon thawing out. This bug is technically a zombie.

3. Zombie Roaches

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The jewel wasp is a solitary wasp that is known for its bizarre reproductive practice. The wasp stings a roach, herds it like a sheep into its nest, and then proceeds to lay an egg on the roach’s abdomen so its little baby will have plenty to eat upon hatching. So how does this relate to zombies?

The jewel wasp systematically stings the roach in the abdomen. This temporarily paralyzes the roach’s front legs so the wasp can now finish its work. Next, the wasp stings the roach in the brain. The venom of the wasp then disables the roach’s escape reflex getting rid of the cockroach’s will to live.

The wasp has created a zombie roach, but it is not done. Eventually the roach can walk again, but now has no desire to run from the wasp. The wasp then begins walking the roach like dog using the roach’s antenna as a leash. What happens next is perhaps best described by science writer Robert Zimmer: “The zombie roach crawls where its master leads, which turns out to be the wasp’s burrow.” Once there the roach allows the wasp to lay an egg on its abdomen. Then the zombified cockroach quietly sits in the wasps burrow and awaits the egg to hatch. Once the egg hatches, the wasp larva will live inside the roach until it emerges from it as an adult. Good luck getting to sleep tonight…

4. Zombie Caterpillars

In the movie Alien, The extraterrestrial species featured lives out a larvae stage inside a host until it reaches another stage and bursts free from the host. What if I told you that Alien is based on a true story and the true story is a bit more horrifying than what was featured in the movie?

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Glyptapanteles is a species of wasp that lays its eggs, sometimes as many as 80 at a time, inside a caterpillar, and to ensure that the caterpillar’s red blood cells does not kill the larvae, the mother wasp also injects a virus that occurs naturally in their bodies into the caterpillar, disabling its immune system. The larvae are then free to grow and they eventually chew their way out of the caterpillar. It gets better.

The caterpillar does not die. Instead it spins a coocoon over the wasp larvae to protect them so they can finish developing. The caterpillar also sticks around and protects the cocoon from danger. It’s as if the larvae are somehow controlling the caterpillar’s actions. Even more eerie is that the caterpillar dies at almost the same exact time the adult wasps emerge.

5. Zombie Humans

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I don’t mean metaphorical human zombies like in the sense that we are all zombies because we lumber about our daily routines, go to our nine-five jobs, come home, go to bed, and repete. Even though that is a great subject for a poem, I mean literal human zombies!

Clairvius Narcisse was a Haitian man who was declared dead on May 2, 1962. His two sisters, Marie Claire and Angelina, buried him in a small cemetery near his hometown. 18 years pass and his family has carried on with their lives. Angelina is in the marketplace of her village when her deceased brother approaches her and introduces himself. How is this possible?

Certain kinds of poisons, like the secretion of a Japanese blowfish, can put someone in a comatose state and make them appear dead even to a doctor. Narcisse had ingested some poison like this and when he slipped into his death-like state was buried. Then someone came and dug him up. Upon awakening he was giving doses of a “zombie powder” which contained the drug Datura stramonium. The drug puts the user in an emotionless, trance-like state, but the user can still perform menial tasks. In Narcisse’s case he was used as slave labor on a sugar plantation. He was a zombie-slave for 18 years.

You don’t like zombies of the voodoo variety? Are you disappointed because when you read “Zombie Humans” you were hoping for overly aggressive, mindless killing machine as seen in almost every zombie movie since Night Of The Living Dead (1968)? Well don’t worry because human zombies like that are not out of the realm of possibility.

Seretonin is a chemical in our brain that helps keep us calm, but according to one scientific study done with mice, it also keeps us from being aggressive killing machines. A group of scientists created a group of mutant mice whose brains lacked the receptors to process seratonin and this resulted in the mice acting overly aggressive toward other organisms. Now Imagine a virus with the ability to prevent human brains from processing seratonin.

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You could also imagine a parasite that takes control of our brain and makes us do unimaginable things. Not possible you say? Evolution tells us otherwise. Spinochordodes tellinii is a parasite that gets inside grasshoppers and releases a protein that interferes with their brain and makes them commit suicide by downing. Euhaplorchis californiensis gets inside the brain of killi fish and makes them swim and flop around on the surface of the water so it is more likely for it to get eaten by a bird. There is also a parasite that some scientists believe already changes human behavior.

Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that is normally found in cats. It gets there by getting into rats through the filth they eat. It affects the rat’s behavior by making them friendlier toward cats so they are more likely to be eaten by said cats. Once inside the cats it begins reproducing (sounds like a morbid Dr. Seuss book). The parasite also gets inside humans and causes no physically harmful effects, but according to one psychological study it does change our personality. The study found that people tend to get more insecure when infected with the parasite (perhaps this explains emo kids). It also changed the personalities of men and women differently. It made men more jealous and suspicious and made women more affectionate.

How long before a parasite evolves that changes human behavior a bit more drastically? Perhaps a parasite that turns us into undead, cannibalistic killing machines…

Author: Jonathan Kaulay Copyrighted © paranormalhaze.com

43 Responses to “5 Real Life Zombies”

  1. That's carl Zimmer. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/loom/2006/02/… He helped me with a two posts on the same subject.

  2. I knew my zombie survival plan wasn't just a waste of time

  3. i like the last one with the parasites: no physically harmful effects, but according to one psychological study it does change our personality. The study found that people tend to get more insecure when infected with the parasite (perhaps this explains emo kids). so all emos are living with parasites in them? xD

  4. Another note about Wolf Spiders; they can also walk on water. Discovered this little tidbit in the deep-end of a pool one summer.

  5. just stupid!

  6. WE ALL DIE IN 4 DAYS THE ZOMBIES ARE COMING BACK PRAY TO JESUS THERE COMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  7. I can imagine a deasise that can take over your mind and body movments because of a unabliity to prosses seritonin. Its called OCD (or POCD is more along the lines of what this is.)

  8. I thought zombies were real all along I was just 'preparing' for the apoc. i got a kit and everything

    Zombie Killer June 3, 2011 at 3:36 pm
  9. i have a gunstore with metak bars screwed over the winows and over all of the glass and openings so i know where id go

    Tyler Tylersthebest Perry June 14, 2011 at 8:48 pm
  10. theres never going to be a widespread infection transmitted through bite so bad that we have to fight to live but there are definitly some type of a living dead

  11. ASIANS CAN ACTUALLY READ MINDS!!!!!!!!!
    they can hear and see what your visually thinking

    the reason alot of asians have completely expressionless faces, only associate with asians and dont associate with non asians very much is to avoid accidentally revealing that they can read read minds, if all over a billion asians were to show facial expressions all the time just as much as non asians, associate with non asians much more, and be much more friendly and talkative, then alot of them might accidentally reveal that they can read minds by accidentally showing a facial expression or dirty look when someone thinks, or visually pictures something in their mind they dont like or find astonishing or funny, and if they were all to associate with non asians alot more there would be alot more people around for them to accidentally show facial expressions when those other people think things they dont like, so they only associate with asians so there wont be anyone around for them to see that and have any accidents happen in the first place

    think about it, its  not normal how alot of them act, and the entire way they act is all to hide their mind reading abilities, it makes perfect sense to do all of that to hide that they can read minds, because all of that is the perfect way to do it!
    every single asian on the planet is hiding their mind reading abilities, they value hiding their mind reading abilities more then their own lives!
    thats why nobody knows about it!

    try thinking, best yet visually picturing in your mind something something absolutely crazy as you possibly can when you are around asians, and try looking for asians who give people particular looks, especially dirty looks for what appears to be for completely no reason, that is them giving people looks when they hear and visually see someone thinking something they dont like, find funny or astonishing
    it still happens despite a large number of them having completely expressionless faces all the time, it would just happen alot more if none of htem had completely expressionless faces all the time, its not uncommon!

    i know this sounds crazy, impossible, and completely unbelievable, BUT IT ISNT CRAZY WHEN ITS TRUE

    you have to spread the message!!!
    the world has to know about this!!!!

  12. i think there are such things as zombies to my name is Christian and i am 8 years old i looked up a zombie website please reply as soon as you can.

    Rochelle Lusher August 13, 2011 at 12:01 am
  13. i didn't know that i will be on this site for a while so please reply.

    Rochelle Lusher August 13, 2011 at 12:07 am
  14. ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THERE EVERY WHERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rochelle Lusher August 13, 2011 at 12:12 am
  15. HA HA Justin beaver will die!!!

  16. troll

  17. Thank you for saying that I also hate Justin Beaver.

  18. this is gay ZOMBIES ARE REAL!!!!  but only b/c of missing chromasomes in yer DNA so  ghost spontaneous cumbustion zombies its all just a chromasomic disord resulting in brain defects sp yes ppl with out seritonin can become zombies but mostly like will not vrave pplz brains :) jus givin my opinin

  19. you all suck and should get a life!!!!!!

  20. Some Zombie was Lagas KO!!

  21. ELIZABETH ALLEN LOVES WADE GILBERT SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

  22. stop being such sissies zombies aren't real there's no such thing as zombies those pictures i just saw are fake i printed them and gave them to a friend of mine and he told me 7 days later that they were fakes if you believe in zombies your an idiot and plus if you watch any zombie moviesm they're just messing with your brain if you have anything to say to me look for me on facebook

  23. i really agree with you there are no such things as ZOMBIES

  24. I’ve read some of the comments it strikes me as funny that people didn’t read the entire article they didn’ say that zombies are the stero typical movie zombies, they are just showing some animals that have zombie like charateristics like the hati zombies is there a way to kill off 99% of brain functions to the point where our bodys just run? Why not isint this what they used lobotamys for back in the day to try to cure mentaly insaine people? Thing is we don’t know what types of viruses or bacteria this country or other countrys are developing all it takes is one mutated form of the mad cow disease or something like it and we have 28 days later rage maybe not the ripping people apart to eat their brains, but an uncontroled human being who could spread an infection and unleash a torrent of crazy people. Just think about it ;-)

  25. Zombie Apoc-Possible. Zombie existence-definitly. As many people are just brainwashed, by Hollywoods depiction of The Undead, they won’t give up on thinking zombies r fake. This article proves a really good point, especially w/ the bringing up of Clairvius Narcisse & the use of tetrototoxin to induce a paralytic & comatose state, then wakin him up in2 a mindless slave job. My favourite undead animal was Wolf Spider. This one was pretty Hollywood, you know? With the host pronounced deceased, only to rise from the dead l8r on, love it. Oh, and for all you people saying Zombies aren’t real, have you even read the evidence here? If not, why are you on this site? Any way, real nice evidence here, keep on writing. And for all you S2B (Survivors 2 be), keep on livin!

  26. You have your contagious infectious viruses like swine, west nile, bird flu etc. combined with deadly disease like hiv, cancer, aids. You got a pretty contaminated zombie right there.

  27. hey if you guys dont believe in zombies, why were you on the site in the first place? You know what, YOU guys go and get a life. I really hate your pissy comments.

  28. Sweety2493

    YOU SUCK AND SHOULD GET A LIFE!!!!!

  29. Maybe we are all already infected with something and what if whatever it is, is what makes us, us? Wouldn’t that be interesting?

  30. zombies, simple, walking packs of brain-dead survival food packets i just troll and shank them. XD

    Battle co.03912 April 30, 2012 at 8:06 am
  31. plus i don’t need guns, i can make a sturdy and effective wooden great-sword in 10 mins, a durable and powerful long bow in 5, arrows in 2 daggers in 8, and i’ve got armour to

    Battle co.03912 April 30, 2012 at 8:11 am
  32. wow some ppl r crazy… I myself am a zombie fanatic and my husband and I r total zombie apoc pros lol we have seen every zombie movie/show to date, obsess over AMC’s The Walking Dead & we def will be one of the last ones standing when the apoc goes down! I doubt it will be a ‘brain eating’ zombie apoc but with the viruses and everything else we already have and who knows what is being manufactured as we speak, there will def be some sort of outbreak eventually and i can say we r prepared. It wouldnt be a bad idea for everyone to have some sort of survival plan/kit prepared! U can say we r crazy or whatever… And i can laugh in ur face when the shit hits the fan! Great article btw

  33. There are walking zombies. They are people that have lost their souls. They prey upon mainly women. They are caused by terroristic people who are religious extremists. They prey upon women in many ways. Mainly, in a sexual dysfunctional way where they install wires insides women homes then prey upon their religious beliefs systems after attacking them sexually for the viewers amusement in torturing them. They are violent and vicious people. Due to their religious belief systems, and after sexual, emotional, body, soul attack, women usually run into their own faith systems for protection from them. Where many times those same women become suicidal, or even murderous. People that do this and are not successful in suicide or murder in order for them to watch the suicides and murders usually falsely incarcerate, falsely hospitalize, and the like where women in my behavioral study stated that the people that do this are mainly Christians that become part of what they called the Illuminati of Satan. Where Satan is blamed instead of Jesus. Some women end up joining their own predators religious cults that caused it. 95% of the women that I interviewed stated that they ran to Christians due to Christians. Some ran to Catholics where they were attacked by Catholics. I have met no women that ran to satanists as of yet. Where an Islamic woman stated that she was informed that satanists actually protected women. Muslims stated that they were part of a group called the jinns of shairtan, otherwise known to them as Shaitans circle. There have been Shaman’s that stated that they were all demonic people that had one person that caused all of the destruction upon the woman, who was usually as male or homosexual. They informed me that that man/homosexual must die. A christian man stated that same thing. He is a gifted musician and he informed me that Shaman extract the ‘snake’ out of that individual after people and that snake tormented that individual over many years. They as predators use music as a weapon. One christian turned satanist for Kanye West to impress him and take the fast track as actually a talent-less rapper used music from the film Final Destination in his music. Where I never listened to it due to not liking rap music at all. When I handed that pathetic man’s music to a family due to them liking rap music that night their children nearly died in a fatal car accident due to it. That night also there were scratches of paranormal activities going on where scratches of the vinyl siding occurred. There was also paranormal activity where the voices of restless spirits occurred where the spirit was a dead man who died a year before and was haunting his wife. I asked her if she felt he was a restless spirit due to hearing it and she stated that he was not that he was indeed her husband annoying her as always and that she heard him as well. Where to me, he died but never left their home. He was not a violent ghost. Just an overbearing one. Both experiences were not violent. There was also a woman who stated that an evil spirit was brought and conjured up in her home and that she used her god to kill it. There was also another woman who stated that the people that broke and entered her home lost all their souls in it attacking her. Where she called them ‘zombies’. It to her was the age of the Apocalypse. There was another woman when they attacked stated that their were all robots for people without their souls any longer. Another stated that the paranormal in her home where she was not informed of several deaths that occurred even suicides was haunted and that people spying upon her and her children caused them to attack and terrorize her and her children where people knew about it and did not stop what was occurring due to wanting to view what those spirits would harm them with. These people are violent vicious malicious monsters who are primitive primates. One woman called the People of the Lack. Another called them in her judgement of them due to their judgement of her, the Moron Demon Planet of the Apreshits. A godless man called them pathetic idiots. I agreed with him.

    NOne of your business January 15, 2013 at 9:43 pm
  34. There are many others that have told me additional accounts in a very truthful manner. One man called them homosexuals. He blamed both Satan and Jesus as a prior christian man. He blamed his own god for the violence. Another woman stated that she thought she had a heart attack. Where she then stated that she was spiritually attacked by people that she was previously doing drugs with that were Christians. Nurses calling what they are and do with their ‘bellies of the beast.’ and thought it was hysterical as christian women. Maybe they lost their violent souls, I did not ask them any Questions due to them not rendering respectful appropriate care to their patients.

    NOne of your business January 15, 2013 at 9:48 pm
  35. I previously interviewed nurses in regard to them having paranormal activities at work. One stated that the christian women opened windows at a psychiatric facility for illegal drugs addicts and alcoholics. She stated that when these people died the christian nurses would open windows so that their souls would be released out the window in fears with their spirits attacking them instead.

    NOne of your business January 15, 2013 at 9:51 pm
  36. If that is the case about spirits not being released unless there is a window open when a person dies than these individuals attack many people. In their homes. In hospitals. Where in hospitals there many times is climate controlled and hospital windows are sealed closed. Many of the nurses that I interviewed stated that they were under spiritual attack frequently. Most of the nurses were christian, catholic and some but not many Jew. Where with the Jew, their religious affiliations frown up them being nurses. One Jew stated that she is not religious and “they will leave me alone.” She meant people, not spirits. One man stated that with Catholics he felt there was a veil of protection. Where they were not aware of such violent attacks by the paranormal. Satanists declined to comment. But rather enjoyed the sarcasm of Children Burning in Hell. Maybe even their own. One boy of 13 was involved in terroristic attack to a woman, he blew his brains out. He was catholic yet was involved with his uncle a satanist. It is possible that the boy committed suicide to stop the violence that was occurring due to knowing that his uncle was a pathological liar. The satanist is afraid of his own shadow. He declined comment. Probably if satanists were involved in this woman’s case, he wanted to impress those who were satanists. I was previously told that he was a homosexual as well. Which gives homosexuals a bad rap. I spoke to some homosexuals and they felt that they were better being atheist in order to protect themselves from Christian attacks and potentially death and their murder.One homosexual stated that he saught hells angels for protection from Christians. Another saught protection from his friends, family, and celebrities. He died of aides. Another lesbian stated that she left catholism due to her sexual preference.

    NOne of your business January 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm
  37. Pychics informed me that these people were both celebrities and people that attack others horrifically. Blackman stated that celebrities turned from Christian to satanism in 2011. They stated that their black community was angered about it and as he put it, “in a war of this world now.” The cd that this former christian turned satanist nearly killed white children. The woman that was driving was a homosexual. They stated it was as if the car was moved by angels in order to save them against what they were listening to on that CD. It was made by talent-less rappers to impress men like Kanye West in the music industry.

    NOne of your business January 15, 2013 at 10:09 pm
  38. One woman in NY stated that she was ruthlessly attacked by both celbrities and people that she had known at work and domestically. She called them domestic and workplace violent people. The Hospital of Stony Lodge has been shut down due to these people. There were also reported rapes and murders done by a so-called illegal drug ring that operated out of that children’s psychiatric facility.

  39. The Administrators of that facility declined comment.

  40. Apparently, they knew about many of the illegal operations that were going on at that facility in NYS. And allowed such activities to occur. Even murder of a white homosexual man named Michael. He was murdered by relgious extremists that were black christians that worked there.

  41. They attack mainly women and children due to what one of my friends stated probably being previously raped men by men and taking their violence out on women due to the inate fears of men that raped them. Many homophobic.

  42. All of this is about people that have repressed anger issues that need and needed to take their anti-psychotic medications.

  43. It’s quite obvious that most of the people are comatose,on life support ventilator.Some of the people are mobile, meaning they are zombies. Metaphor has become indistinguishable from literal,world has gone to dogs though dogs have become considerate.

    Vivek narain May 7, 2013 at 9:34 pm

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