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Solanum works by traveling through the bloodstream, from the initial point of entry to the brain. Through means not yet fully understood, the virus uses the cells of the frontal lobe for replication, destroying them in the process. During this period, all bodily functions cease. By stopping the heart, the infected subject is rendered "dead." The brain, however, remains alive but dormant, while the virus mutates its cells into a completely new organ. The most critical trait of this new organ is its independence from oxygen. By removing the need for this all-important resource, the undead brain can utilize, but is in no way dependent upon, the complex support mechanism of the human body. Once mutation is complete, this new organ reanimates the body into a form that bears little resemblance (physiologically speaking) to the original corpse. Some bodily functions remain constant, others operate in a modified capacity, and the remainder shut down completely. This new organism is a zombie, a member of the living dead.
Strong: their brains don't need oxygen or blood, they can withstand a heck of a lot more damage. They can attack underwater, and even a decapitated head can deliver a fatal bite. "They hunt 24/7. They never sleep, they never close," says Brooks.
Weak: they are uniformly slow, cannot think and form no strategies. So you can outrun them and outthink them, if you keep your wits about you. "It's all psychology. You almost have to become as mechanical as they are. You can't fly into a rage — you must be completely zen." They also do not have superhuman strength — unless they had superhuman strength as a human. So you should "be more afraid of a Mike Tyson zombie than a Larry David one."
So you should "be more afraid of a Mike Tyson zombie than a Larry David one."
A fictional zombie virus invented by satirial writer Max Brooks (son of Mel Brooks, who was the director of Space Balls). The virus "Solanum" attempts to justify the hack work of George Romano by describing an entirely impossible zombie virus. Accoring to Max Brooks, zombies are somehow reanimated by a virus that allows the body to function with no blood circulation, no oxygen, and no ATP (which is absolutely required for muscle movement). This is definately the most far fetched viral zombie that has been suggested, but it is often used as a benchmark by zombie survivalist groups, particularly OZORT, as a worst case scenario zombie virus.
Main Entry: so·la·num
Pronunciation: s&-'lAn-&m, -'län-, -'lan-
1 capitalized : the type genus of the family Solanaceae comprising often spiny herbs, shrubs, or trees that have cymose white, purple, or yellow flowers and a fruit that is a berry
2 : any plant of the genus Solanum
Originally posted by Bigwhammy
I'm not saying I really believe all this but it is interesting especially the ancient egypt stuff.
It appears there is a virus called Solanum that turns people into zombies.
Are you ready for Dawn of the Dead for real?
Solanum Virus - Archaeologists are buzzing over evidence an ancient zombie outbreak caused by the Solanum virus at Hierakonpolis in pre-dynastic times may have led to the formation of Egytian civilization.
Hierakonpolis is a site famous for its many "firsts," so many, in fact, it is not easy to keep track of them all. So we are grateful(?) to Max Brooks for bringing to our attention that the site can also claim the title to the earliest recorded zombie attack in history. In his magisterial tome, The Zombie Survival Guide (2003), he informs us that in 1892, a British dig at Hierakonpolis unearthed a nondescript tomb containing a partially decomposed body, whose brain had been infected with the virus (Solanum) that turns people into zombies. In addition, thousands of scratch marks adorned every surface of the tomb, as if the corpse had tried to claw its way out! [Editor's note: click here for an interview with Max Brooks and a timeline of archaeologically documented zombie outbreaks.]
With the records available to us (Mr. Brooks obviously has access to others), the British dig can be identified as that conducted by Mssr. Somers Clarke and J.J. Tylor, during which they cleared the decorated tombs of Ny-ankh-pepy (Old Kingdom and Middle Kingdom) and Horemkhawef (Second Intermediate Period) on Old Kingdom hill. The notes of Tylor are lost to us, but Clarke's are preserved in the Griffith Institute, Oxford. Unusually cryptic in his discussion, he makes no mention of such a momentous discovery. Thus we can only infer that the tomb in question is one of those in the adjoining courtyard, and just a short distance from the underground chamber we examined in 2006 (see Hierakonpolis 2006: Adventures Underground). The tomb in question may indeed be the one we use a cozy and sheltered spot to take our lunch while working on the Fort, as its plastered, but unpainted walls are indeed covered with innumerable scratch marks that defy photography. If is the case, we might quibble--purely for the sake of scientific accuracy--that the 3000 B.C. date ascribed for the attack should be revised downward to the Old Kingdom, but its premier historical position remains unaffected. [Editor's note: this proposed re-dating, if accepted, necessitates a revision of Brooks's zombie-attack timeline.]
To make a zombie, a voodoo practitioner makes a potion that consists of mainly the poison of the pufferfish (one of the strongest nerve poisons known to man, the clinical drug norcuron has similar effects and is used during surgery) that is given to the intended victim. This causes severe neurological damage, primarily effecting the left side of the brain (the left side of the brain controls speech, memory and motor skills). The victim suddenly becomes lethargic, then slowly seems to die. In reality, the victim¹s respiration and pulse becomes so slow that it is nearly impossible to detect. The victim retains full awareness as he is taken to the hospital, then perhaps to the morgue and finally as they are buried alive.