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8 Reasons Why You Have No Chance Surviving A Zombie Apocalypse

Updated August 21, 2019 28.6k votes 6.7k voters 644.2k views8 items

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Picture if you will, the zombie apocalypse. Shambling, shuffling, dead things… coming to eat your face. The image of your sweet grandma and the flashbacks of her warm embrace are now superimposed on the lens of your imagination, as she mindlessly rips you open and devours your innards. A lot of us have wondered at least once how we would fare during a zombie apocalypse, but the answer is pretty simple - most of us probably wouldn't even last a week.

Pop culture’s fascination with reanimated human corpses gives us a glimpse of life after a zombie outbreak, and it ain’t pretty. Cannibalism, juvenile executions, and rogue baseball bat murders appear to be par for the course after the dead rise to walk the Earth. Here are 8 reasons you won’t survive a zombie apocalypse, all of which actually have nothing to do with zombies eating you. No matter how many times you've fantasized about being Daryl Dixon, it just wouldn't play out like you think it would.

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    Unless you are able to get somewhere where the population is low and do so quickly, the overwhelming numbers of people in full-on panic mode will make it difficult, if not impossible, to get to safety. Traveling would be impossible, as all major avenues of public transportation along with major highways would be clogged with hordes of people trying in vain to escape to higher ground.

    For those left, federally enforced isolation and quarantine are the most likely outcome; no one in, no one out.

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    Lack Of Survival Skills

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    Most people in today’s metropolitan society wouldn’t have the slightest clue how to survive without the amenities provided by a thriving civilization. Without knowledge of how to hunt, clean, and cultivate your own food; how to build fires to cook it; and how to make structures for shelter, most survivors of an initial event that disrupts modern societal convenience can expect a slow death by starvation - even if they do manage to make it out of populated areas.

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    Communications Failure

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    If avenues of communication fail during a zombie apocalypse, it will be impossible to remain in touch with family members, authorities, or disaster relief personnel. Many will be unable to receive important information regarding safe areas, no-go zones, shelters, and other assistance measures.

    Communications failure led to substantial losses during disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, which underscores the potential harm that could be caused by the inability to remain connected.

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    Economic Collapse

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    The US economy basically functions on confidence. The confidence that supply lines will continue to function, that supplies like food and fuel will continue to be available, that debt will be paid. In the midst of a crisis situation, that confidence could be shaken, prompting a run on banks and complete elimination of credit. It takes a lot to take down the US economic system, but it almost happened in September 2008, with the effects still being felt to this day.

    The US economy is fairly resilient and is designed to prevent or reduce such occurrences; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is one example. But in the event of a truly catastrophic breakdown of societal structure, expect your debit card and most likely the bank account to which it is attached to be functionally useless.

    Cash would be useful early but limited over the long run. One simply cannot eat money. Goods will be most valuable; nonperishable food, water, and bullets will be absolutely essential. Without them, odds of survival dwindle quickly, making their use as currency a risky trade-off.

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