Thursday, January 3, 2013

Zombie Makers: True Stories of Nature's Undead by Rebecca L. Johnson

Don't be fooled into thinking this is a book about human zombies which are very popular right now.  However, it is a fascinating presentation of animals that become zombies after they are infected with viruses or controlled by other animals.  One of the creepiest chapters talks about guinea worms, a parasite that infects humans.  The guinea worms are found in water that the host human drinks and they live in people for about a year.  After a year they have grown to almost three feet long and look like a piece of spaghetti.  Once they are full grown they release chemicals that cause terrible blisters on the skin that burn.  The only way to relieve the burning feeling is to plunge into water which is what the worm needs to leave the body and start the process all over again.  Disgusting!  But sooooo interesting.  Take time to read about all the other zombie-makers, including one you might get from your cat...