Internet Users React to Potential 'Zombie Apocalypse'

Christine Erickson

Several reports of alleged cannibalism circulated throughout the news this week, leading to online chatter about a "zombie apocalypse."

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The buzz carried from Twitter to YouTube -- pranksters VitalyzedTV dressed a guy in full zombie makeup and filmed him roaming the streets of Miami. Watch above as the public reacts in real life to a "zombie attack."

The Center for Disease Control came out with a zombie preparedness guide in January, which was originally a light-hearted way to prepare for natural disasters.

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"If you are generally well equipped to deal with a zombie apocalypse you will be prepared for a hurricane, pandemic, earthquake, or terrorist attack," notes Dr. Ali Khan CDC's director for the office of public health preparedness and response.

After Twitter users quickly pointed to the guide this week, which fueled more buzz about an apocaplypse, the CDC officially claimed that zombies do not exist.

Here's what Twitter users had to say about a potential zombie apocalypse. Many incorporate cultural references such as video games, Michael Jackson's "Thriller," Shaun of the Dead and The Walking Dead.

Why do you think these concurring reports of alleged cannibalism have led to a zombie apocalypse scare on Twitter?

1. Time

Time, which recently received a lot of buzz for its controversial cover, suggested a zombie apocalypse in a headline about the Baltimore man who admitted to killing and consuming parts of his housemate.

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