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This Pumpkin Zombie Will Eat Your Squishy, Squishy Brains

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How do you get into the world of big-time pumpkin carving? Like most non-traditional career paths, it likely began as a childhood passion, one for creating new and interesting pieces of art out of various members of the squash family. This road less traveled has taken celebrated pumpkin carver Ray Villafane to places like the White House, and led to his rubbing elbows with the likes of Heidi Klum and Martha Stewart.

Luckily for us, the crew at his Villafane Studios has a predilection for the spooky and horrific that is especially appropriate this time of year. Check out this crazy-ass life-sized zombie piece they created. This is madness. That pumpkin zombie is six feet tall, and has an intricate system of intestines falling out of his abdomen as he yanks his undead brethren out of the ground. It’s like he’s harvesting a gourd army.

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Zombie Wedding Photo Proves Romance Is Still Alive, Or Possibly Undead

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I don’t have many regrets about my wedding. I tied the knot with a badass lady waaaay out of my league and managed to get through the ceremony without tripping over anything, vomiting, or accidentally calling her the wrong name. In my book, that’s a win. But if I were to pick nits and find something to frown about it’s simply that we didn’t do anything nearly as awesome for our ceremony as this, perhaps the greatest wedding photo ever. (Click the image for a larger version.)

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Infographic Teaches You How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

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In case you haven’t noticed, zombies are just about everywhere these days. I don’t mean that there’s an actual zombie plague going on outside or anything (you probably would have noticed that), but the undead bastards are still popping up all over the place. The Walking Dead is pulling down massive ratings on AMC, there’s a tie-in with Hyundai, and now the threat of a zombie apocalypse is being used to market camping gear.

Seattle-based outdoor retailer REI has created this new infographic in hopes of selling a few more tactical flashlights, insulated vests, and first aid kits. Click HERE for a bigger version.

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Why Did Nathan Fillion Learn To Weld? Zombies.

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Nathan Fillion is awesome. This is something we can all agree on. (And if not you shall be shunned. Horribly, horribly shunned!) This is the guy who was Captain Mal from Firefly. Captain Hammer from Dr. Horrible. And if we’re counting alternate, superior realities, he’s currently starring as both Nathan Drake in the Uncharted franchise and Hal Jordan in the blockbuster Green Lantern series. (Ryan Reynolds did the Flash movie instead.) But what you may not realize is that Fillion is just as awesome in real life. How so? He took up welding just to make himself better prepared in the case of a zombie apocalypse.

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a seething pillar of masculinity like Fillion would take up welding. After all, it involves both metal and fire. If he could find a way to work in steak and a bikini model the testosterone fallout would sprout chest hair on everyone within a five-mile radius, women and children included. But he managed to find a way to make his hobby even more manly with his explanation to Conan O’Brien:

One of my hobbies is zombie apocalypse preparedness. When you’re on a plane and someone comes from the cockpit and says ‘Can anyone here fly a plane?’ If the guy next to you says, ‘I can,’ you’re saying ‘Oh, my God. This guy…’ [applause] Now, there’s gonna be, when the zombie apocalypse happens, like ‘We need to get from point A to point B. We need to somehow fortify this SUV so we can go and the zombies won’t get in. Can anybody here weld?’ That’s gonna be me. And I think it also works out too, because nobody wants that guy to get eaten.

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Horror Movies Train Our Brains To Deal With Crisis

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The whole idea of horror movies is kind of strange when you really stop and think about it. We’re sitting in a darkened theater with strangers and waiting to be frightened. Fright isn’t generally thought of to be an enjoyable emotion, so why do so many people enjoy horror flicks? Some horror movies mix in elements of comedy, either as satire (the Scream franchise) or simply to provide a brief moment of levity before the next big scare comes along. And that makes sense, because both horror and comedy are tapping in to very primal, personal aspects of our self. That’s why movie reviews for comedies and horror movies are often irrelevant: you can’t tell somebody, “You’re wrong, that wasn’t funny/scary.” You can only speak to how it affected you.

From Brad Anderson’s Session 9. I will now commence soiling myself.

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Watch Zombies Take Over Manhattan

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Nothing bothers New Yorkers. In fact, living in the big city and ignoring the world around you is a survival mechanism. There are often strange things on the streets of New York like people bathing in subway cars or sketchy street performers looking for money. The people of New York are always in a hurry and don’t have time to deal with the urban oddities. Except, well, there is one thing scares the hell out of New Yorkers: the undead.

The Zombie Experiment takes New Yorkers and transforms them into “flesh-eating zombies.” The group asks one question, can zombies live among us? The answer is clearly no.