Wear and Tear on Zombies

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Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby Bob » Wed May 07, 2014 5:29 am

I would like to discuss the wear and tear of undead life.

I would think that a pair of average shoes would last 3 to 6 months.
A bare foot would be about the same, max.
Keep in mind tissue does not regenerate as it wears away.

What do y'all think?
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby UnderDude » Wed May 07, 2014 5:46 pm

Depending on the environment and surface they'd be traveling on I'd say that's about right. I used to wear out a pair of workboots in about six months because of the rough floor surface in the reefers and trucks.
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby Bob » Wed May 07, 2014 7:54 pm

Having spent many a summer barefoot I would think a single summer would reduce a barefoot walker to a dragger.

Boots and shoes would keep them mobile longer.

Do you think their clothes would go before their foot wear?
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby UnderDude » Wed May 07, 2014 8:10 pm

Yeah, especially in wet and/or humid areas.
Anywhere even near Zeds would stink like hell with all the stinky flesh bits on asphalt and rocky unpaved roads. The insects would be swarming wherever Zeds were or went.
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby Bob » Wed May 07, 2014 8:28 pm

They would be easy to track if you were actively eliminating them.

How long do you think it would take for their teeth to drop out?
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby UnderDude » Wed May 07, 2014 10:19 pm

A few days maybe. Gums would rot pretty quickly, then biting something like living muscle I think they'd come flying out.
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby zombreach » Thu May 08, 2014 5:58 am

Unless there is some outside force working to hold a zombie together, they would become pretty harmless in a short amount of time. The viability of the teeth has always been one of the biggest issues with zombies in my opinion.
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby LoneWolf » Mon May 12, 2014 11:36 am

'Real' zeds would just disintegrate over time, but for the purpose of tv/film, something has to delay or halt the decomposition of them in order to maintain prolonged threat.

I wonder how much percentage of zeds would be considered bite-harmless, due to the fact they had false teeth/dentures in life, that would probably fall out as their gums shrink ! :roll:
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby Mrknot » Mon May 12, 2014 12:49 pm

I agree with Breachy, that unless the dead were resurrected by some magical or spiritual means, (as opposed to infected with a virus or something). They would deteriorate quite a bit faster than we have been led to believe.
Especially in hot, humid climates or very arid ones.
The humidity would accelerate decomposition and a hot, dry climate would desiccate corpses pretty dang fast.
When I lived in Vegas and worked in the desert outside of Pahrump, I shot a Jackrabbit one day with a .22. It wasn't a clean shot and the thing ran off. Couldn't find it right away. About a week later we were hiking around the property and came across it a few hundred yards from where I'd shot it, (poor thing), it was so dried out after baking in the 110 degree heat for a week that it was like a price of fur covered cardboard. It only weighed a few ounces cause all the moisture had been sucked right out of it, (surprisingly, no scavengers had gotten to it, just bugs).
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Re: Wear and Tear on Zombies

Postby Bob » Tue May 13, 2014 5:43 am

When I was a boy I lived near some railroad tracks.
As you would expect my friends and I spent time on and around them on a regular basis.
Every summer there would be some poor animal killed by a train.
In the hot humid summers of the deep South they did not last long.
Depending on scavengers it did not take long for them to be reduced to piles of bones and hair.
As to smell depending on the wind you would smell them looong before you saw them.
Even upwind you would smell them when you got close enough.
It is an odor you will not mistake.
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