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News of an imminent zombie invasion in Liberia is perhaps the most audacious fake news story on the Internet right now, creating panic among thousands of gullible readers who are taking it seriously on social media message boards, repeating the rumor among friends, and getting a bit hysterical about the spread of ebola in Dallas, TX.
This piece originally appeared on Pacific Standard.
This weekend marked the release of Ice Age: Continental Drift, the fourth entry in the popular Ice Age series, which follows a collection of cute Ice Age-era mammals (Sid the sloth, Manny and Ellie the wooly mammoths, Diego the saber-toothed tiger) as they enjoy adventures across their frozen world.
Zombies, vampires, monsters. Whether they're feeding on blood, brains or the body politic, throughout recorded history they have functioned as resilient parasites hell-bent on exhausting and annihilating their hosts. Sound familiar?
Zombie chatter reached unprecedented cultural prominence last week when reports of two murders involving cannibalism appeared in the national headlines.
The conservative media has invented a new terror in their imagined race war: hordes of black people coming after innocent white folks.
What's with all the zombies lately?
Though Citicorp is deemed too big to fail, it's hardly reassuring to know that it's been allowed to sink its fangs into the Mother Zombie that the U.S. Treasury has become and sucked out a multibillion dollar dose of embalming fluid so it can go on pretending to be a bank for a while longer.