The attack of Rudy Eugene on Ronald Poppo in Miami shocked the world.
Police, coming upon a naked man, chewing off the face of another, in broad daylight; so powerful, so ‘invulnerable’ that it took four gun shots to stop him….
It is almost impossible to process such an event without assuming that Rudy Eugene is a Zombie.
This, of course, ignites that segment of the blogosphere where these kind so legends exist, where hoaxes are born, and soon a few other horrific incidents were matched to prove that there is evidence of a zombie apocalypse.
As the hysteria mounted, Time Magazine decided to issue a Zombie Alert.
Believers are calling the zombie disease LQP-79, and concern about this mystery virus gained enough momentum that the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention actually had to issue a press release stating, CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms).
The CDC has also clarified that their Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness Guide issued last year was, in fact, a joke meant to highlight the importance of disaster preparedness.
The origin of the LQP-79 myth appears to be a single image which altered a Huffington Post article to give the appearance of an official news report stating that Rudy Eugene was the host to a virus which makes you hungry for human flesh.
This was a Hoax, it was written to be a Hoax. It was done with all sorts of flaws to prove that it was very much ‘tongue in cheek’.
However, just like Orson Wells ‘War of the Worlds’ had radio listeners in terror back in the 30s, today, the Internet has become the main source of misinformation.
Professional web programmer Alfred Moya created a hoax website and YouTube account to demonstrate how gullible Netizens are. He is unable to convince people that he has created a Hoax. They dismiss his admissions choosing to believe that there really is a coming Zombie Apocalyse