hear low moaning and the shuffling of slow feet. No, it's not the line
at the Apple Store on iPhone release day. That zombie apocalypse we've
been hearing so much about is finally here. You're not worried, though. You have a concrete safe house, a zombie-proof bike, a survival kit and death-scented cologne to hide you
from the undead. We've rounded up everything you need to coast through
A log cabin might not sound like the most secure choice of safe houses, but you'll
survive the end days in style if you own the $113,000 (£69,995, about
AU$129,000) Zombie Fortification Cabin from Tiger Log Cabins. It offers
all the creature comforts (Xbox, TV, toilet, microwave) you could want
while also keeping undead creatures out thanks to reinforced windows,
barbed wire, escape hatch and arsenal storage. Flame throwers, water
cannons and search lights will cost you extra.
Log Cabins is ready and willing to stand behind its product by offering
a 10-year anti-zombie guarantee. If you try to collect on that
guarantee, you'll need to provide medical evidence of a genuine zombie
outbreak. Fair's fair. At least you will have lived to tell the tale.
Many building materials haven't been tested for their ability to
repel zombies. Wood doors can be smashed down. Windows are prone to
breaking as undead hands bash against them. One material that's pretty
much guaranteed to keep zombies away is concrete. If done right,
they undead can't bite through it and they can't knock it down, even when
traveling in great numbers.
Polish architect Robert Konieczny's Safe House is about as solid a structure as you'll find anywhere, making it
ideal for sheltering from the zombie storm.
Safe House, located in a small village near Warsaw, sports concrete walls that are 1.5 feet thick.
One of the cooler features is
a set of retractable exterior walls that form a courtyard for
protecting the lower floor. It doesn't sacrifice views, but the wide
windows can be sealed with aluminum shutters. It's a surprisingly
stylish take on apocalyptic safety.
never know when a zombie apocalypse might pop up, and that's half the fun.
So you might as well be ready at all times to face the oncoming flood of
undead. Be prepared with a special emergency cabinet from California
retailer In Case Of.
red cabinet is bright and easy to spot, so hang it somewhere prominent
on a wall of your house. The instructions are clear: “In case of
zombies, break glass.” The kit includes a zombie outbreak field
handbook, a grenade, a shotgun, shotgun shells and a hunting knife. Just
be aware that the kit contains no real weapons (just real-looking weapons)
and won’t actually help you much in case of an actual zombie outbreak.
That field guide could come in handy, though.
of the grosser survival methods on display in TV series "The Walking Dead" is
living people slathering themselves with zombie blood and guts to walk undetected among the undead. It's messy and it's
disgusting, but there is a better way. Chemist Raychelle Burks from
Doane College in Nebraska created Death Cologne, a perfume so stinky,
zombies won’t give you a second sniff.
cologne is designed to smell like rotting corpses. Burks says the
wretched perfume could be reproduced in great quantities and used to
spritz down a lot of survivors. You will smell terrible, but that sure
beats getting snacked on by rabid zombies.
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Concrete safe house
Anti-zombie gear under glass
Eau de Death cologne
Zombie apocalypse guitar
Train against zombies
Motorized zombie survival bike
Pedal through the apocalypse
Preassembled zombie kit
There's always Alaska
of the keys to surviving in a post-zombie world is keeping your
sense of humor. If you can't laugh at zombies, what can you laugh at?
Embrace the end times and show you're not afraid by rocking a zombie-themed electric guitar (assuming you have access to electricity
to power your guitar amp).
guitar from instrument hacker Travis Stevens is appropriately
icky. There are bright red blood splatters on the pick guard, a grenade
shape by the cutaway, ammo shells and little zombie heads coming out
around the top. It doesn't matter if you even know how to play guitar.
This axe could also easily double as an anti-zombie weapon in a pinch.
Just grasp it near the headstock and swing for the head.
tons of gear and gadgets will only get you so far when it comes to
surviving a zombie outbreak. You still need to be a good shot to make
use of your weaponry. It doesn’t hurt to get some zombie-hunting
practice in, so you might want to consider booking a ticket to ride the Zombie Train in Sacramento, Calif.
Zombie Train is a two-hour ride with an upgraded ticket option to wield
a laser gun. Take aim at a crew of zombie actors chasing your train and
do your part to save the survivors on board from a fate worse than
death. Think of it as practice so you’ll be ready in case of a real
you're an avid watcher of zombie movies, you know that cars rarely
work well as escape vehicles. What you really want is something more
nimble, something like the Motopeds Survival Bike: Black Ops Edition.
The Survival Bike comes in olive drab and will get between 80 and 120 miles per gallon, so you can you make the most of the remaining gas supplies.
sets this apart from a regular motorbike is the thoughtful inclusion of
extras like a compound crossbow ("Hello, Daryl!"), harpoon, blade saw,
climbing rope, extra gas storage and a fancy lighting system so you can
see the walking dead ahead. Hopefully, you'll be able to zoom right past
them on your way to safety, but if you have to stop and fight, you'll
UK insurance company
ETA offers another two-wheeled transportation option for running from zombies: this bike designed to get from place to place
and carve through the undead hordes at the same time.
zombie-proof bike has a chainsaw mounted on the front. There's also a
flame thrower, smoke-grenade launcher and a very useful hatchet mounted
within easy reach. The modified mountain bike will be able to tackle
uneven terrain and a splatter shield helps to keep the goo off you
should you be forced to engage in zombie combat. Plus, you’ll get your
exercise and stay fit to survive.
Let's face it: Building
your own zombie survival kit is a challenging prospect. There are so
many things to consider, such as protective clothing, appropriate
weaponry and lab equipment so you can search for a cure.
makes it easy on you by offering a $24,000 Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research, and Operations) Zombie Kit.
The kit includes everything from armored gloves to first-aid gear to a
microscope. It also comes with a solar panel, hundreds of batteries,
body armor, knives, a night-vision scope and something called an "Eotech
Zombie Stopper Red Dot Holographic Sight." There’s too much gear to
list here, but rest assured, you will probably need every last piece to
survive, thrive and eventually conquer the zombie outbreak.
you're looking to relocate to the state most likely to help your ride
through the waves of undead, then you better pack up the moving van and
head for Alaska. It features plenty of military personnel, physically
active people and folks with outstanding survival skills. Add that to a
solid zombie knowledge base within the state and you’re most likely to
find your safe haven in the land of sled dogs and salmon.