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Railway Maintenance Vehicle Ride on the tracks. They go everywhere and will be mostly clear. Obstruction on the tracks? Hop off and drive around it. Build a living space and storage space in the large flatbed area. Extra bonus: Crane Arm. Use it to clear paths, load supplies and fight zombies. Most models change modes with just the push of a button! You ...


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Fill it with ice cream. That will make it heavier. Also when you are done fighting you can eat the ice cream, and you will probably feel like ice cream about then.


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Human engineering can, 100%, keep out a horde of zombies. In The Walking Dead things fail because if they didn't the show would be boring. In real life, there exist castle gates hundreds of years old which would hold, no questions asked. First and foremost, realize that thousands of zombies will never be pushing on the gate all at the same time. They will ...


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The alternatives are worse Burning the corpse brings back the dead as a incorporeal wraith (that is also pissed that you desecrated the body.) Dismemberment causes something similar, except the various body parts fuses and animates with surrounding objects creating a terrifying abomination. Etc. The least dangerous route is to respectfully entomb the dead, ...


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The only thing worse than a zombie chasing you... is a FLAMING zombie chasing you! Your zombies don't immediately die once set ablaze. Sure, EVENTUALLY enough of their flesh has burned off to render them immobile, but until then they spread the fire to houses, forests, and humans nearby. The danger from raging wild- and city fires is too big to justify for ...


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We humans are pretty good at building gates to keep people out. We've been doing it for a long time for military purposes and to stop thieves. Why Do We Have Gates? Because there has to be some way for friendlies to get through the defenses while keeping the bad guys out. From a military perspective, a gate isn't there to stop people from getting in. They'...


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What about a boat? (zombies can't swim right?) Europe has a pretty good river system and will get you to pretty much every big city. The two mechanics will have to deal with operating locks along the way, there's always a manual override. You can go with a group of two or three motor yachts or one large river cruise ship or converted freighter. Boats are ...


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What about bicycles? They're quiet, they don't require finding fuel, they're maneuverable, they're easy to repair even for laymen, they can be used in multiple different types of terrain, and they're fast enough to outrun a traditional zombie hoard.


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You would need roughly 62500 cubic metres of mercury. One cubic metre of mercury is 13,534 kilograms. So you would need to mine 845,875 tons of mercury. In cinnabar there is 12% percent of mercury. So you would need to mine 75000000 cubic metres of pure cinnabar. In the 13th century. In 1981 we globally produced 5500 tons of mercury. Globally. With modern ...


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A real life story. Back in a high school, my friends and I were very much into science, experimenting with a lot of different things. Once on a winter morning, my friend and I procured about one liter of liquid nitrogen, which my friend poured in his thermos and carefully put in a gym-type bag. We happily walked home on a snow packed sidewalk, until I, as ...


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Only if this is a comedic story. Imagine a zombie trapped between Japanese bamboo water fountain and a signboard of a shop moved by wind. Also in India between tiger and elephant. And walking toward ocean during the tide and away when it's gone. Also if a zombie hear a louder but shorter sound what does he do? He act like Scooby-Doo or follow quieter ...


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This is my solution, right here: Preferably in a rainy area of the country, like Seattle. But even somewhere like California, that actually receives enough rainwater to resupply itself but throws it away with flood control would probably work well enough if you were willing to ration. Consider the needs: Construction supplies for fortification and for ...


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Fight draugr with dogr. If you have weird dudes sneaking around the village looking for trouble, there is nothing better than a watchdog. They will be even better for draugr. Dogs will smell these guys coming a half mile away. They will bark like mad and alert the humans. They will do their best to hold off the draugr themselves, and for a dog their ...


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Why bury and entomb their dead at all, when they know there's a chance they might dig themselves back up? You already gave the answer in your premise: if you leave a corpse to stew long enough, sooner or later it will become possessed by stray necromantic energy and then rise again as a mindless zombie. You don't leave the corpse around but perform the ...


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There are some species of fungi were their spores can be dispersed by large fires. This is a link to an article on the transport of spores in the smoke from biomass fires. http://www.patarnott.com/atms360/pdf_atms360/04034Mims.pdf There are also some plants that require forest or bush fires to enable their seeds to germinate, although fungi are not plants a ...


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Nothing You don't need nothing special. As the late Tywin Lannister put it, "a man above the walls counts as ten men below". That's why throughthout history, castles and fortifications were rarely stormed, but sieged. A hundred men on the castle could easily stop a thousand attackers. 1000 men against 3000 zombies? They won't even tire. Give them clubs, ...


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Because it's a viable ecological niche, of course. The wasps are an evolutionary development of the Ichneumonoid wasps https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ichneumonoidea which lay their eggs in living hosts, which the young then consume when they hatch. For the wasps to become a hive species is an obvious evolutionary step. The hive controls the host ("zombie") ...


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A super low tech alternative approach. Stairway to heaven. Build a nice tall stair case going from ground level up a good 5 or 6 floors then hang a birdcage a good 6 or 7 feet off the edge of the top landing. Maybe even hang some shiny bells on the cage. Just need enough noise and motion to keep the zombies motivated. How does it work? Well... Zombies ...


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In all cases, suppose that cooking properly will take care of infection. But the skeletal muscles are rotten in the classic zombie: Perhaps you harvest just the (high-calorie) bone marrow, which is not rotted. More generally, some parts may still be edible, depending on the age of the zombie. But all the “off” meat does not go to waste. Many animals can ...


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Well as I see it you have two potential options. Buy a Caribbean island and relax away the zombie apocalypse on the beach with rum and grass skirts. Build a massive fortress. While option 1 is far and away the better choice it isn't very interesting... So. What would this fortress need? Where? Geographically isolated...the farther away from "...


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The zombies are idiots. Zombies can attack or defend, but they can't attack intelligently, and they can only do both at once with a lot of attention from the sorcerer. In a fight, a skilled fighter (person A) is constantly assessing their opponent(person B) or opponents. Person A's goal is to hurt person B without being hurt in return, so person A puts a ...


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Watch out for fatigue The other answers, especially of Erin Thursby, covered pretty much the subject : forget the archers, have pike formations and shieldwalls, aim for the limbs and consider how well your soldiers are trained for this kind of threat. However, one important variable for your battle is fatigue. Fighting in heavy armor with heavy weapons is ...


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Part of the answer depends on what you call 'disastrous'. Economically, a zombie outbreak (curable or not) would result in complete collapse of the global economy as production would essentially grind to a halt. This in turn would create a massive famine as most of the people on the planet are a long way from food production and cities in particular in this ...


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Frankly, I would not bother with cars or trucks. Use a train! Any large diesel engine, or several combined, with a snow plow up front. As a bonus, you can add waggons for any goods you may want to carry (such as extreme amounts of ammunition and fuel for your flamethrowers), and most of all you can navigate without a problem: you know in advance where ...


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Why would you want to hide the President? That concept makes sense if there is an attack by an intelligent adversary who wants to target the chain of command. In this case, it sounds as if you want to defend him while maintaining his ability to communicate. A nuclear-powered aircraft carrier? Mount Weather or a similar site that was in the contingency plans,...


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I suggest a heavy rescue vehicle. (a type of specialty firefighting or emergency medical services apparatus, primarily designed to provide the specialized equipment necessary for technical rescue situations such as traffic collisions requiring vehicle extrication, building collapses, confined space rescue, rope rescues and swiftwater rescues. They carry an ...


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This is where the problem is: You'd think that humanity would have pretty quickly organized an army and killed the zombies easily If the problem requires large collaboration, beyond the scale that a single organization or nation can handle it, it probably won't happen. It especially won't happen quickly. Most militaries on earth are relatively poorly ...


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Fort Knox Contrary to popular belief, Fort Knox is not just the location where the gold is stored. That title goes to the United States Bullion Depository. Fort Knox is actually a 109,000 acre army post, home to over twelve thousand people, the Bullion vault and even a high school. Imagine an army base and a town made beautiful love under ...


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