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2012-04-12 12:26:35 AM  
The Walking Dead teaches us that well-stocked pantries and armories are paramount to the survival of the human race after a zombie infestation.

Unless you forget to put a farking fence around your farm.

/Get in the house Carl
//Where's Carl?
 
2012-04-12 12:34:16 AM  
Am I the only one who isn't browsing Fark on a mobile device?
 
2012-04-12 01:04:52 AM  
vizfact.com
Did some say "house Carl"?

/Sworn to carry your burdens
//Hotter than Lori
 
2012-04-12 01:05:15 AM  
Am I the only one seeing blurry images in that link?

/Or am I having a stroke?
//Hold on, I'm comin' to visit ya, Elizabeth!
 
2012-04-12 01:16:07 AM  

Fark It: Am I the only one who isn't browsing Fark on a mobile device?


NO
 
2012-04-12 01:16:28 AM  
Service is inaccurate in my area. It is missing a whole bunch of things including the graveyards.

\should also show nursing homes
\\you can't trust the elderly
 
2012-04-12 01:21:54 AM  

DundieAwardWinner: Am I the only one seeing blurry images in that link?

/Or am I having a stroke?
//Hold on, I'm comin' to visit ya, Elizabeth!


Blurry for me too.
 
2012-04-12 01:23:48 AM  
Better version: Link (new window)
 
2012-04-12 01:27:07 AM  
The Super 8 motel in Kingston, ON, while providing a generous supply of hookers, is quite far off from the military base. I wouldn't trust this map. Also, it shows the psych hospital more prominently than the real hospital...
 
2012-04-12 01:48:43 AM  

Luminiferous Aether: Did some say "house Carl"?


lulz!! I think I may have to rethink this whole 12-step recovery deal I have going on from that game.... so tempting!!
 
2012-04-12 02:36:09 AM  

Hal5423: Luminiferous Aether: Did some say "house Carl"?

lulz!! I think I may have to rethink this whole 12-step recovery deal I have going on from that game.... so tempting!!


What do you need, my thane?

/used to blahblabla until blablah arrow/knee etc
//you can stop, IF YOU WANT TO!
///12-step is for people who can't dance
 
2012-04-12 03:05:22 AM  
I'm glad I know plenty of people with many weapons very close by.
 
2012-04-12 03:10:27 AM  

aevert: DundieAwardWinner: Am I the only one seeing blurry images in that link?

/Or am I having a stroke?
//Hold on, I'm comin' to visit ya, Elizabeth!

Blurry for me too.


Lose the m. at the beginning of the link or just go direct to the map in question

http://www.mapofthedead.com/
 
2012-04-12 03:27:18 AM  
The survival nut job demographic has largely been ignored by Google Maps until now. Kudos.

/I used to be a zombie then I took an arrow to the brraaaaaaaaaaaiiiinnn
 
2012-04-12 03:52:52 AM  

aevert: Better version: Link (new window)


Someone should alert the modmins to change the Fark link to that site. The one right now sucks worse than a slashdot link.
 
2012-04-12 04:43:25 AM  
cdn.instanttrap.com

When Google/SkyNet becomes self-aware, all it has to do is warn Humanity of a zombie infestation, and ambush us with killer cyborgs using the map data.

It's getting too difficult to keep track of all the doomsday scenarios when they collide like this. I think a meteor strikes the earth next, triggering an Ice Age, at which point the Wolverines rescue an oil refinery from mind-controlled illuminati vampire biker gangs.
 
2012-04-12 05:01:07 AM  
Lame. It misses the two large grocery stores a half-mile from my house, it thinks a movie theatre is a convenience store and it thinks the local armed forces recruiting office is a military base or something. When the zombie apocalypse happens, I'm not going to a shopping plaza looking for a bunch of recruiters who sit behind desks all day to protect me. But my favorite part is listing Lens Crafters as a "doctor." Yep, that's where I will going to have my zombie bite checked out.
 
2012-04-12 05:55:43 AM  
Yea, it misses 3 cemeteries less then a mile from my house and a grocery store.

It would be a lot more awesome if they would crowd source their error checking.
 
2012-04-12 06:00:54 AM  
What kind of zombie uprising? An airborne virus? Does it spread only by bite? Actual dead people in funeral homes and morgues rising up? Unless it's the former and the vast majority of people aren't immune there's not going to be much of a problem. You can't get that many infected by bite to be a real threat before people realize. Dead people waking up is a minor inconvenience at best. People forget that the original Night of the Living Dead was just that: one night. They were so dumb and few that a truckload of rednecks wiped them out come dawn.
 
2012-04-12 06:18:37 AM  
boo for my sub on this getting redlit...but it is a cool map..

/not jealous.
//ok..maybe a bit
 
2012-04-12 07:14:40 AM  

Amper: It's getting too difficult to keep track of all the doomsday scenarios when they collide like this. I think a meteor strikes the earth next, triggering an Ice Age, at which point the Wolverines rescue an oil refinery from mind-controlled illuminati vampire biker gangs.


They make a gun for that...

dl.dropbox.com

Truthfully speaking tho, isn't the whole point of doomsday being that its something good enough to wipe out the human race?
Slim chance that any one event is going to do that. Even an asteroid or nuclear war will only get a billion or so. It would have to be an unusual series of bad things happening in quick succession, which is probably what happened to the dinosaurs. Bad luck compounded by more bad luck.

When alien archaeologists get here, one of them will be like "Wait, there was a duckpocalypse at the same time as a nano-machine plague AND carnivorous trees evolving? Man, these guys had no luck".
And the other will say "Yea, its a good thing we invented star ships. So much more useful and easier to build than iPods".
and then the first ones like "Damn strait, dude".
and all of us will be... well, dead by robot duck trees.

What a shiatty way to go.
 
2012-04-12 07:17:18 AM  

gozar_the_destroyer: Service is inaccurate in my area.


Same here. It doesn't show the supermarket or pharmacy within 10 minutes walk from me. It also doesn't show the gun store on the other side of town, never mind the two Wal*Marts (supermarket/pharmacy/gun store all in one!).
 
2012-04-12 07:21:56 AM  

way south: robot duck trees.


That'll be my new band name.

Now, all I gotta do is learn to play keytar.
 
2012-04-12 07:22:34 AM  
Yes, because the best thing to do during a zombie apocalypse is to go to the exact same spot as every other asshole using Google.
 
2012-04-12 07:24:15 AM  
At least disco had people getting coked up and screwing. Zombie internet culture? It's like the only way you could be any more of a tool is starting a blog about how The Secret is applicable to your zombie survival plan.
 
2012-04-12 08:06:05 AM  
Fortunately for us all, every dentist is clearly marked.
 
2012-04-12 08:46:58 AM  
whoever greened a mobile link should put down the bottle and go to bed
 
2012-04-12 09:03:08 AM  
dittybopper


Lucky, my Walmarts (Pittsburgh) don't sell guns anymore. Still have pretty cheap ammo though.
 
2012-04-12 10:02:52 AM  
i'm assuming the fuzzy map is what the zombies see when looking for more brainzzzzzzzzzzz
 
2012-04-12 10:04:18 AM  

moanerific: dittybopper


Lucky, my Walmarts (Pittsburgh) don't sell guns anymore. Still have pretty cheap ammo though.


Well, they just sell hunting rifles and shotguns, though I have heard of some Wal*Marts selling AR-15s (new window).
 
2012-04-12 10:10:23 AM  
Allow me to point out that come an actual zombie apocalypse, paper maps will be much more useful.
 
2012-04-12 10:47:02 AM  
I always laugh my ass off at the thought of people raiding gun stores for weapons in the event of a disaster.

Either the place will have already been looted of all the really useful guns and ammo by the owner and his buddies or they'll be holed up inside- where you'll get shot dead trying to loot it. If you wait until the zombies come to do your weapon shopping, you're food.

As for the map, it looks like they decided where I live isn't a "danger zone" (despite the large amount of residential housing) while marking the farmers' fields across the river as being dangerous, but they missed a ton of pharmacies and grocery stores.
 
2012-04-12 10:48:38 AM  
Now we just need an overlay that features unicorn landing sites and leprechaun pots of gold.
 
2012-04-12 01:01:24 PM  
1. Turn off all elevators.
2. Reverse all escalators.
3. Close all doors, locking any doors that aren't needed and baracading any doors that could be broken or opened by zombies.
4. Baracade windows.
5. Make sure windows are locked even if baracaded.
6. Make sure fire escapes are out of reach.
7. Lay zombie traps based on their movements.
8. Wait for zombies' hands to fall off so even the smart and fast type can no longer open doors, climb fire-escapes, use tools.
9. Wait for zombies' feet to fall off so they can no longer walk properly.

The zombie's main weakness is that it is dead. It can not grow new flesh or repair itself. It decays just like any other dead body except that it moves around, doing damage faster and more profoundly. Within days of an outbreak, the zombies should be extremely fragile. If you can't break their necks, break their wrists and ankles as often as you can.

10. Simple trip wires of fishing line or dental floss should suffice to do a lot of damage, so don't forget the fishing department of sports stores. Even thread or string may work if the zombies can't see where they are walking.
 
2012-04-12 01:08:46 PM  
I am pretty sure that I am the first person to suggest using dental floss against zombies. But seriously. Do you think movies teach you everything you need to know about fighting zombies? Any obvious technique that isn't photogenic is sure to be missed unless the movie is a comedy. Any technique that is showy and violent but impossible and ineffective will have been drummed into your damn fool head.

Even though zombies are not real, movie zombies are even more unreal than "real" zombies would be. Movie zombies are governed by the natural force known as Narrativium (Sir Terry Pratchett). "Real" zombies are governed by the laws of physics, biology, logic, etc.

In the event of a zombie attack, look for sixth floor apartments. You don't want to have to walk up more than that, and you don't want to be within two or three levels of the street because zombies might be able to climb--they feel no pain in all likelihood and fresh zombies will be completely articulated if not completely articulate.

Damn fools who make a run from "zombie-infested" zones will leave behind plenty of food and other things you can use to live or kill zombies, such as computer cords and razor-sharp Apple computers.
 
2012-04-12 01:24:48 PM  
Some experiments I would like to try on captured zombies:

1. Does blowing pepper in their face cause them to sneeze and blow their jaws off?

2. Can you kill a zombie simply by tripping him or her?

3. How flammable are zombies? Can you blow them in half with a butane lighter by setting their shirts on fire and blowing up the methan in their bellies?

4. Is lighting hair spray more dangerous to you or the zombie? (Only attempt in fireproof location, such as parking garage.)

5. Since dead bodies loose their feet and hands because those are weak points, can you stop a zombie by kicking it in the ankle with sturdy boots? (Memo: in the event of a zombie apocalypse, make sure you have well-fitted steel-toed boots and wool socks--the zombie fighter's best friends.)

6. If zombies lose their sense of smell quickly, can you use this against them, by, for example, pouring oils on slippery floors?

7. Eyes probably dry up very quickly unless moistened. Will zombies be raiding pharmacies and grocery stores for moisturizing agents? If so, can you hoard these in a zombie proof shelter? Perhaps you should suggest this to authorities so they can ensure that no distilled water or spray bottles are sold without proper precautions.

8. The internal ear is very, very fragile. It is likely that zombies will be deaf, blind and dumb within days. They may be hobbled within weeks at most. Can you think of any other weak points (besides methane gas build-up)? How do ligaments stand up to wear and tear once you are dead but still extremely mobile?

9. Can zombies be confused by deodorant sprays, perfumes, heavy scents? Can you use Chanel No. 5 on zombie traps or does that only work with wolves?

10. Do zombies attack dogs and cats, goats or any other domestic pets and lifestock? If so, can you stake out an alley cat and use it as zombie bait? If so, you should have a 100 pound bag of dry dog or cat food even if you don't have a pet.

11. Will zombies cross a line of salt or other powdered dessicants or will they instinctively avoid anything that might make them dry and brittle, such as cat box litter (crystal)?

12. Any other ideas on how to stop a zombie plague from spreading which are not sufficiently photogenic or exciting for the movies? Think what might be done to remove the vectors of contagion in ways so dull and unexciting that movie makers never even considered them or made sure that their victims holed up in the wrong building, such as a shopping mall with easy access ramps and automatic doors.
 
2012-04-12 01:31:47 PM  

brantgoose: I am pretty sure that I am the first person to suggest using dental floss against zombies. But seriously. Do you think movies teach you everything you need to know about fighting zombies? Any obvious technique that isn't photogenic is sure to be missed unless the movie is a comedy. Any technique that is showy and violent but impossible and ineffective will have been drummed into your damn fool head.

Even though zombies are not real, movie zombies are even more unreal than "real" zombies would be. Movie zombies are governed by the natural force known as Narrativium (Sir Terry Pratchett). "Real" zombies are governed by the laws of physics, biology, logic, etc.

In the event of a zombie attack, look for sixth floor apartments. You don't want to have to walk up more than that, and you don't want to be within two or three levels of the street because zombies might be able to climb--they feel no pain in all likelihood and fresh zombies will be completely articulated if not completely articulate.

Damn fools who make a run from "zombie-infested" zones will leave behind plenty of food and other things you can use to live or kill zombies, such as computer cords and razor-sharp Apple computers.


You've clearly put a lot of thought into this...

Actually one of the more interesting aspects of Zombie lore that I'd never really thought about before was articulated in World War Z -- the idea that the psychology of combat doesn't apply to the undead. They can't be demoralized, or made to surrender or otherwise be unwilling to come at you. They will climb over their dead counterparts indefinitely, and get you when you run out of ammo or are too exhausted to fight anymore.
 
2012-04-12 02:18:48 PM  
The notion that undead will be trapped on Manhattan Island if you cut the bridges assumes that the undead can't just walk along the bottom of the river. Back to the drawing board!
 
2012-04-12 02:31:51 PM  

dittybopper: moanerific: dittybopper


Lucky, my Walmarts (Pittsburgh) don't sell guns anymore. Still have pretty cheap ammo though.

Well, they just sell hunting rifles and shotguns, though I have heard of some Wal*Marts selling AR-15s (new window).


According to a friend from Alaska (he was drunk at the time, but is usually accurate) the Wally World that his family went to in AK sold handguns in addition to long guns. I would laugh at the suggestion if it were any state but AK, but I could see them selling high-caliber revolvers for backcountry stuff.

My trips from the DC metropolitan area to small towns in the south always results in a little stockpiling of Winchester target ammo. VA prices are OK, but they're usually out of everything. A WM that was out of ammo in, for example, GA, would be out of business within the month.

That aside, I think I would do a double-take if I walked to the counter and saw handguns behind the counter. Not that I would ever give Wally money for...wait, I just stopped and read what you posted. A commenter also says that AK sells handguns. Huh!
 
2012-04-12 02:56:55 PM  
All you need is a cricket bat and a milk crate full of records...
 
2012-04-12 04:51:59 PM  
All I'm saying is the zombie plague ends on the plains with rural hunters and some of these.
 
2012-04-12 05:17:10 PM  
Never set a zombie on fire. Not only will you have a zombie that's still chasing you, but now he's on frikkin fire.
 
2012-04-12 07:06:57 PM  

dittybopper: gozar_the_destroyer: Service is inaccurate in my area.

Same here. It doesn't show the supermarket or pharmacy within 10 minutes walk from me. It also doesn't show the gun store on the other side of town, never mind the two Wal*Marts (supermarket/pharmacy/gun store all in one!).


Ditto, misses a few things here too. Seeing the population distribution of the area is interesting though. Also showed me that in case of a mass outbreak, folks in Tampa are farked big time.
 
2012-04-12 07:11:29 PM  

HeFixesTheCable: dittybopper: moanerific: dittybopper


Lucky, my Walmarts (Pittsburgh) don't sell guns anymore. Still have pretty cheap ammo though.

Well, they just sell hunting rifles and shotguns, though I have heard of some Wal*Marts selling AR-15s (new window).



The walmart about a mile or so from me sells several variations of AR, including one from SIG. They ususally sell out within a day or two of restocking too. WHat really sucks is they also sell out of .223 ammo fast too. Im gonna have to end up ordering bulk online.
 
2012-04-12 07:28:09 PM  
can they make one for ghettos?
 
2012-04-12 07:45:54 PM  

Hamster Lover: Now we just need an overlay that features unicorn landing sites and leprechaun pots of gold.


I would really like to know where they are hidden.
 
2012-04-12 09:00:39 PM  
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