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The Business of the Undead

Thursday, 20 Sep 2007 | 11:27 AM ET

There is a group of do-gooders based in St. Louis who hold blood drives and sell t-shirts and generally try to educate people about how best to prepare for disaster. Any disaster. Like, even the ultimate-worst-horrible-oh-my-goodness-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening-to-me kind of disaster. Just what would that disaster be? Well, the group is called the Zombie Squad (or ZS), and it claims the worst of the worst is... zombies.

Zombie
Source: scifi.com
Zombie

Not another Al Qaeda attack or a North Korean nuke or the ticking time bomb of bagged lettuce. Zombies. The Zombie Squadis described as a "survivalist" group preparing for "Z-Day." It boasts a chapter in New York, but not California (you tell me, which state has more Zombies?)

The group's mission statement is "to educate the public about the importance of personal preparedness and self reliance, to increase its readiness to respond to a number of disasters such as Earthquakes, Floods or Zombie Outbreaks."

There is a group of do-gooders based in St. Louis who hold blood drives and sell t-shirts and generally try to educate people about how best to prepare for disaster. Any disaster. Like, even the ultimate-worst-horrible-oh-my-goodness-I-can't-believe-this-is-happening-to-me kind of disaster. Just what would that disaster be? Well, the group is called the Zombie Squad (or ZS), and it claims the worst of the worst is... zombies.

Source: zombiehunters.org

Oooh, I get it. You're being funny! You want me to prepare for an earthquake by talking about zombies! It's a joke, right? Or is it...?

The ZS promotes its own solutions, for a price, in case you run into a zombie. "Nobody knows the walking dead like Zombie Squad. With one of the toughest training programs in the business, our Zombie Extermination Specialists make up the world's premier non-stationary cadaver suppression task force."

Though the group does provides this advice if you find yourself alone with a zombie: "shoot for the head."

Those Zombie guys really gotta get a life...

Another Fat Gas Update

Tuesday, I had to apologize for not quite getting my facts right in a story on the alleged link between obesity rates and gas prices. Charles Courtemanche from Washington University in St. Louis had made the connection that higher gas prices = lower obesity, and vice versa.

He also got kind of angry with me for being sarcastic and missing an important caveat: that falling gas prices were only 13% of the reason people got fatter from 1979-2004.

But, readers, apparently I'm not the only sarcastic person out there!

Wendy F. writes:
"I would be more inclined to think that the start of having personal computers in home along with the games and internet are what truly has influenced the obesity numbers...he needs to step away from his PC and check the world around him."

Ed from Yorba Linda, CA, writes:
"Charles Courtemanche should realize, the higher the gas prices go the more depressed people get and the less time they spend in the car driving. Thus...more time to eat. The more depressed they get the more they eat. Plus the higher gas prices will force them to cancel the gym memberships because they do not have the gas money to drive. So the higher the gas prices go the fatter Americans get. This is not rocket science Look around the proof is in the PUDDING."

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  • Based in Los Angeles, Jane Wells is a CNBC business news reporter and also writes the Funny Business blog for CNBC.com.

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