I remember when the Discovery Channel used to be a place where you could learn things on a daily basis, or at least be able to watch a lion chow down on a gazelle from the comfort of your own home. And while the network hasn’t gone into the ludicrous territories of TLC, MTV, and the Science Channel, it has become a channel that is essentially filled with people doing loud things outdoors. Luckily, they still have the show that popularized doing loud things outdoors, MythBusters, which has admittedly dumbed down the subject matter, though not its approach to said subject matter.
When it was announced last summer that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman would be taking on myths involving that most ubiquitous of brain chompers, the zombie, horror fans and science fans rejoiced. Now they want you on the show! Well, maybe not you, but maybe your friend. Yeah, the one with the eyeball hanging down below her chin.
The episode will film at the end of January, into early February, and they’re looking for 300 volunteers to help out. No death certificate required. If you’re over 18 years of age and will be available in the San Francisco Bay area, all you have to do is full out this questionnaire and send a couple of photos of yourself to the attached email address. Answering the question “Do you have any experience being a zombie?” is worth the survey time in and of itself.
It’s assumed the main myth to be tackled is the best weapon to be used in killing a zombie. As someone who rarely went through a Resident Evil game without a shotgun in hand, I know my answer. But shotguns are a luxury in post-zombocalypic times, so I’m sure they’ll be looking at everything The Walking Dead has used in it’s two-and-a-half seasons of airtime. Crossbows, bats, and shovels. Oh my. I doubt they’ll be performing tests on actual dead bodies, so I’m stumped as to what other myths they’ll be exploring. Maybe seeing what an all-brain diet does for the body, or how long a slow-shuffling marathon would take.