“Zombies are horribly dangerous to all human life and zombie infections have the potential to seriously undermine national security and economic activities that sustain our way of life. Therefore having a population that is not composed of zombies or at risk from their malign influence is vital to U.S. and Allied National Interests.”
That “no-duh” summation of the threat of zombies to national security comes from the pages of CONOP 8888, a real document drafted by U.S. military planners that details how the country might best respond to a zombie outbreak.
Yes, the U.S. government drafted an official zombie preparation plan.
“This plan was not actually designed as a joke,” the report begins. And indeed, it’s not.
IN THIS EPISODE: The idea of a zombie apocalypse has been a fascinating topic of horror films, television, and print ever since George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968. But it’s complete fiction, of course. Right? If so, why does the Pentagon have a plan for it, just in case? (CONOP 8888: The Pentagon’s Plan For a Zombie Apocalypse) *** He appears as a man or skeleton or described as a shadow, often atop a cart for collecting the dead. Other versions have it that he is the first dead person of the year, charged with collecting the others’ souls before he can go to the afterlife. He is said to drive a large, black coach pulled by four black horses; accompanied by two ghostly figures on foot. He is known as Ankou. (Ankou: Deliverer Of Souls To The Underworld) *** They were described as flat-nosed with wide nostrils; thick eyebrows and sunken eyes. Their mouths were of ‘prodigious width’ with thick lips and prominent jaws. The Australian Aborigines regarded them as another people entirely – they called them the Yowies. (The Australian Yowie) *** Shadow people seem to be a growing phenomenon. But what are they, what do they want? And most importantly – how do you get away from one? (What You Should Know About Shadow People) *** A little girl’s imaginary friend appears to her mother as shadows in the basement. (My Imaginary Friend) *** The story of the Detroit “Occult Murders” is one of the strangest in American crime. It’s a story of black magic, murder, and a clever and enterprising man who came to Detroit with a strange dream. (The Detroit Occult Murders)
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“What You Should Know About The Shadow People”: http://alien-ufo-sightings.com/2018/08/what-you-should-know-about-shadow-people/
“Ankou: Deliverer Of Souls To The Underworld” by A. Sutherland: http://www.ancientpages.com/2018/08/08/ankou-frightening-spirit-who-delivers-souls-to-the-underworld/
“The Australian Yowie” by Bryan Hill: https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/australian-yowie-mysterious-legends-tribe-hairy-people-003605
“The Detroit Occult Murders” by Troy Taylor: https://www.facebook.com/authortt/posts/1764234730340172
“CONOP 8888: The Pentagon’s Plan For a Zombie Apocalypse” by Wyatt Redd: https://allthatsinteresting.com/conop-8888
“My Imaginary Friend” by Annie Louise: https://www.yourghoststories.com/real-ghost-story.php?story=25538