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On Halloween…

…we need a little something as night approaches.

I know just the thing: Brain-eating zombies.

Given that this is the blog that conceived of the misbegotten literary (if you can call it that) device known as the Hitler Zombie, how could I not post a clip involving an actual cinematic brain-eating zombie on Halloween? (Warning: In the interest of full disclosure, this clip contains a brief and pretty well obscured topless shot and a couple of uses of the F-word.)

Intelligent talking zombies who understand how to use pulleys. Now that‘s scary! Yes, this was a clip from one of my favorite zombie movies of all time, The Return of the Living Dead. It’s hilarious and scary all at the same time, and, 22 years later, it’s held up surprisingly well for a movie that was so obviously of its time. (Get a load of the clothes and the punk rockers!)

Here’s more Halloween amusement:

A perfect Halloween night accompaniment. Just remember, though: It’s R-rated. Remember, also, that zombie nutritionists recommend an all brain diet.

For other Halloween fun in the same “vein,” so to speak, you could also go visit my fellow ScienceBlogger Steve Higgins at–of course!–Omnibrain and learn how to Make Brainzzz for Halloween or view some Brain Cookin’ Videos for Halloween. They’re pretty disgusting, but, hey, this is Halloween.

If you’re of a weak stomach, however, you could always check out what happens when a homeopath tries to apply homeopathic principles to Halloween. It isn’t pretty.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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