The Black Plague of the middle ages was the deadliest event in human history, with estimates suggesting that half of the world’s population was killed off in just a few years. ZRS Researcher, Scott Pitts, looked at the societal reaction to such a devastating time to gain insight into the challenges we may face in the coming zombie pandemic. Turns out, Ned Flanders might be a bigger threat than any undead menace.
“The Flagellants walked across Europe, whipping themselves to a bloody pulp as they shambled through the streets of any plague-infested town they passed, in hopes of atoning for the sins of man that brought such suffering to them all. But when masochism didn’t work, they started to attack and kill anyone they thought might be a particularly offensive sinner. Even town priests were not safe from their wrath.”
As the violent fervor intensified, the Flagellant mob murdered tens of thousands of innocent people, before the disease began to subside and the Catholic Church ruled them heretics and outlawed the practice.
So if you’re a sinner – and we all are – you might want to think about keeping a low profile when the TV news starts talking about dead people rising and attacking their neighbors. If you’re not careful, you could find a bloodthirsty horde kicking down your door and eating you alive on the off chance that your past actions caused the undead apocalypse.
Oh, and watch out for the zombies too.