So, it turns out that if you put human braincells into rodents it makes them smarter. Thanks, science. Now I have to worry about super-intelligent rodents with a grudge against humanity, on top of everything else.
Continue reading “I welcome our new Rat Overlords.”
In Case of Survival is all about answering the tough questions you may never have had. In case you haven’t noticed, the blog is extremely speculative when it comes to giving advice. We have to be because there hasn’t been an apocalypse to test any methods out yet.
Some major questions I have about the apocalypse I don’t think we need to wait for the apocalypse to answer:
1. Will you get sick from eating city pigeons?
They’re everywhere in every city and we eat foul all the time but pigeons are more like sky rats and I’d be hard pressed to eat a rat.
All the pigeons in my city are kind of deformed and hobbled so I’m not even sure if they’re even fit to live much less if whatever is wasting away their brains will be contracted after they’re cooked and ingested.
2. Will you go insane if you never go out during the day?
I know we need vitamin D, but we can get it from other sources like how sailors got their C from citrus fruits to avoid scurvy. But if there’s some compelling reason to avoid the daylight forever, will we go mad or die?
In my mind, it seem like we would but I can’t rationalize why.
3. Will cannibalism really make people crazy?
We’ve seen a number of examples where people start to go a bit mad from eating other people because they think it’s a easy food source but is there any evidence to support that? Are cannibalistic tribesmen loony?
Sure the cows went mad but those are cows and hardly the same as people, right? Right?
4. Do predatory viruses go after the weakest or the strongest?
I’m not going to carry you up a hill if you can’t leg it yourself, but I’m also not going to worry too much about your zombified Gran chasing me. Sweet, power walking. Maybe even throw down a few chairs for her to traverse. But will a virus, or other organism that is designed to spread and multiply, target the strongest or the weakest?
It would make sense to target the strongest because you spread better and last longer but it’s easier to infiltrate the weakest…
5. Does the government really have a plan for SHTF-level emergencies?
If I show up at my local rally point will I be greeted by a bunch of volunteers who never thought this would happen or by people who have matching binders with plans outlined for what to do in case something like this happened?
Will this rally point be defensible or just big enough to hold people. Will there be quarantine locations and rape prevention strategies[1. rape in “safe camps” is always an issue. I mean you can’t just be thankful you’re alive, you gotta go ruining everything for everyone. Personally, If you’re caught raping in my safe camp you’ll be strung up and castrated with no medical attention after the fact. If you bleed out or get infected, Whatever.] and 17 levels of team leaders?
I’m not saying I need the government, but I need order and without it I’d rather be on my own.
If you have any answers to these questions, please share!
When’s it okay to start looting?
This is how the apocalypse starts people. Right here. Russian scientists have bred a type of particularly agressive rat. Geneticist Svante Paabo was ‘stunned’ by the agressiveness of the rats, and stated that he felt that if ’10 or 20′ got out of their cages they ‘would probably kill [him]’
Let’s hope they don’t get out of their cages, huh?
Short Sharp Science: Beyond Room 101: The hyperaggressive rat.
The normal wild rat is a clever creature, typically non-agressive to humans unless there a lot of rats and a weak human. I shouldn’t need to point out the risks of hyper-agressive rats.
Scientists say that through this research they are discovering genetic links to agressive and timid behaviour. I say they’re planning to take over the world with the use of rats.
So what can you do to survive this one? Well, poison and traps are your first priority. After that get as far from a population centre as possible and ensure your barricades have no gaps rats could get into. If you have time, put chicken wire 8 foot under the ground and ensure your wall and building foundations touch it. After a while, interbreeding with the normal rat population will reduce agressiveness to handleable levels (within about ten years,) and you’re set to rebuild. Good luck!