In the critically acclaimed horror film, The Thing, Blair determines that if the Thing was to reach civilization, it would take over all life on Earth in only 27 000 hours or a bit over three years. Is this number accurate?
First, for who haven't seen the film, a brief summary of The Thing's abilities;
- The Thing has the ability to absorb and copy the DNA of any life-form it consumes, allowing it to take on its appearance, memories, and mannerisms.
- Each individual cell of the Thing is both part of a singular multi-cellular lifeform and a distinct, independent entity at the same time. Therefore to kill it, one much kill every cell of the Thing on the planet.
- It is implied in the first movie [and outright confirmed in the prequel] that the Thing is unable to replicate dead cells; including metal and cloth.
There are of course more rules that can be read here, but those are the most basic of rules. Using these as a base, would the Thing be able to take over humanity (that is, make it so that there are no more humans alive of Earth), and if so, would it take the 27 000 hours mentioned in the Film?