Look at the person on your left. Now, your right. Chances are one of you is a zombie.
Okay, that’s not true. But people are preparing for the zombie apocalypse, whatever that might be.
“Zombies everywhere!” said Stan Richard from the front porch of his Mid-City home.
Richard is a part of the zombie craze that includes everything from shoes and sandals to clocks and even bullets — real ones — just in case.
And Richard is taking his fascination to the next level by preparing for the zombie apocalypse. He’s storing extra supplies and even weapons, preparing for the worst.
“Next time you go to the store, buy an extra can of beans or two,” Richard suggests.
But before you think Richard is the one who’s lost his mind, listen to UNO professor, psychologist, and neuroscientist Elizabeth Shirtcliff.
Shirtcliff says some of the qualities that you might associate with zombies can be found in people. She points to psychopaths who are accused of horrible crimes. Shirtcliff says measuring the stress levels in psychopaths shows they have no real feeling, emotionally or physically.
“Their physiology just doesn’t register pain or stress or emotion,” she says.
Richard says he’s seen people who appear to be acting in a zombie-like manner, aimlessly driving cars or walking at the grocery store. But beyond people, Richard thinks the zombie apocalypse really represents a sense of gloom and doom for what may lie ahead.
He points to events like the face eating attack in Miami, the search for terrorists around the world, and anti-establishment protests from Wall Street to Main Street.
“If you’re ready for the zombie apocalypse, you’re ready for anything,” he says.