posted on Jul, 26 2007 @ 08:58 AM
Well, plus there's the whole issue of fatigue, on the part of the wielder of the axe, the axe itself, and the escalator.
Assuming there were even electricity available to power the escalator during a serious zombie outbreak (which is doubtful), they aren't really
designed to handle gallons upon gallons of liquid gummy zombie drippings, bits of flesh and bone, etc, falling/dripping between the seams and along
the sides. Many have safety cutoffs nowadays in the event that something gets stuck between the steps, like a hand or foot. It'd probably be less
than a dozen off'd zombies before the escalator ground to a halt.
An axe is actually a pretty poor choice of weapons against a grabby mob of creatures who don't care if they're injured. Versus humans, it's great,
cause axes will scare the hell outta whoever they don't incapacitate. If it's just a normal fireaxe or wood-cutting axe, then decapitating a
standing, moving, rubbery target, will be extremely difficult. Axes are actually made to cleave and split, not to slice through like a razor. Further,
most axes are going to have a narrower head than a human neck, or one roughly the same size. So you'd not only have to gauge the vertical position of
your swing with an error margin of only a couple of inches, but you'd have almost zero room for error horizontally, to line up the axe head with the
You could probably split/cleave the skull with an axe easily enough, but wherears this would drop a human almost instantly, the chances of it
completely destroying a zombie brain to the point it could no longer operate any part of its body are minute at best. Lots of people throughout
history have taken an axe to the head and not died. Additionally, there would be a substantial backsplash of infectious fluid spraying out and
backward from either side of the axe head. Lastly, there's a very significant risk of your weapon being lodged into a zombie's skull, stuck in a rib
cage, etc, and the now within-arm's distance zombie will have nothing between you and him.
Now, those two problems aside, unless you're a forest ranger, or live in a heavily wooded climate where you chop wood constantly by hand with an axe,
you're going to get very tired, very quickly. Chopping wood is really hard, exhausting work, even if you're using gravity to your advantage against
a stationary piece of wood which the axe was designed to cut. Using a woodcutting axe against zombies would be far, far more strenuous as you'd be
fighting gravity to keep the axe level, concentrating entirely on hitting a narrow margin on the neck, defending yourself, and both you and the target
would be moving.
I'd have to say the "axe and an escalator" plan probably wouldn't be survivable for more than a desperate attempt at few minutes delay in a best