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Would a taser work on a zombie?

  1. Oct 18, 2009 #1

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    I say no, but it would probably deter a wolfman or a vampire.
     
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  3. Oct 18, 2009 #2

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    Could you taser it's head?
     
  4. Oct 18, 2009 #3

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    Probably. If you snuck up behind it.
     
  5. Oct 18, 2009 #4
    Wouldn't it still make the muscles contract?
     
  6. Oct 18, 2009 #5
    That's what I'm thinking... I'm starting to doubt that thought since it would be all dried up and nutrient depleted which is required for the muscles to contract no? If it was powerfull enough though I'm sure it would do something...
     
  7. Oct 18, 2009 #6

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    They use tasers in the Umbrella Chronicles for the Wii so yes, they do
     
  8. Oct 18, 2009 #7

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    I agree. Zombies, like creationists, are immune to logic, evidence, and electroshock therapy.
     
  9. Oct 18, 2009 #8
    You've tried electroshock therapy on creationists? :wink:

    I don't think a taser would work on a zombie. Wouldn't moisture in a living human help to conduct the electricity? And aren't zombies moistureless?
     
  10. Oct 18, 2009 #9
    This is just silly. Zombies, unlike Frankensteins are not in need of reanimation. Zombies need moisturizing creams and make-over.
     
  11. Oct 18, 2009 #10

    Reanimation? I thought the purpose of a taser was to incapacitate the receiver.
     
  12. Oct 19, 2009 #11

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    I imagine that it depends on how the zombie was created. One that's held together and animated by pure magic probably wouldn't be bothered much by a taser.
     
  13. Oct 19, 2009 #12
    I don't think so. Zombies are people too! I could be wrong. I think Math Is Hard simply wants to help enrich their life style. Table manner training was my next idea. Have any ideas?
     
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  14. Oct 19, 2009 #13
    Well that depends on if the zombie used to be a cop. If it was, then that means he has special immunity! :smile:
     
  15. Oct 19, 2009 #14
    If you're looking for a scientific answer, well that depends on if the zombie has a neuromuscular system, because it works by disrupting that system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TASER

    They're interesting, I bought one of those self-defense C2 TASERS with a laser that shoots barbed darts from TASER International. http://www.taser.com/Pages/consumer.aspx [Broken]

    It came with a target/basic training CD. It's thrilling to shoot at the target, although expensive. Seeing and hearing the electricity move across the target reminds me of fireworks. They also used to sell some that looked like leopard skin and other fashions, meant to appeal to women, plus one with a MP3 player, but I don't know what happened.

    http://www.designnews.com/photo/63857-CA6517815_A.jpg [Broken]
     
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  17. Oct 19, 2009 #16

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    Oh, now that I think of it, it's so obvious how it would work!

    You'd taser the first zombie, and he'd go down no problem. You get his next 4 or 5 buddies in rapid succession. Then all of them rise back up at the same time continuing their pursuit (and now that much closer to you!).
     
  18. Oct 19, 2009 #17
    You know, we are all kind of screwed now that Zombies can run.
     
  19. Oct 19, 2009 #18

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    Zombies can do anything by lack of counterexample. All zombies can run is a vacuously true statement.

    When we discover what zombies can't do is when we're in trouble
     
  20. Oct 19, 2009 #19
    Unrelated, but I've been thinking of getting this tee for Halloween. If only they offered it in a girl-cut, it'd be a done deal already:

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  21. Oct 19, 2009 #20
    OK OK so they can run but do they have a sense of humor? :wink:
     
  22. Oct 19, 2009 #21

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    Assuming zomies exist, they cannot have a sense of humor.

    Suppose a zombie exists and has a sense of humor. This zombie must find it funny that he can remove random body parts and continue operating (proof: See comedic horror movies). Thus the zombie would tear himself apart for a few laughs, rendering himself incapable of action. Eventually, another zombie would eat him
     
  23. Oct 19, 2009 #22
    Do you mean the Resident Evil retard/relentless zombies, or do you mean the Dawn of the Dead super-fast/super-human crap your pants and die of a heart-attack zombies?

    In most movies if you cut off the head break the back they die. So I guess it would have an impact on their nervous system. Of course, they don't really care if they are in pain so I imagine as soon as you stop using the taser Joe Zombie will continue his previously intended objective (brains and such).

    How stupid would you feel if you were the guy in the doomed party of luckless survivors if you were armed with a taser. I think picking up most any blunt object you come across would be the best course of action.

    How wise would it be to be to attack something that is dead with a non-lethal weapon?

    Would using a non-lethal weapon on something that is dead bring it back to life? Cancel out the dead so to speak.
     
  24. Oct 19, 2009 #23

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    Unless you had a magical taser.. that might explain the video game effects.
     
  25. Oct 19, 2009 #24

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    How stupid would you feel picking a lethal weapon because of its ability to kill living creatures?
     
  26. Oct 19, 2009 #25
    No need to worry. Cut out a nice V-neck and be sure to post. PFers should be quick in appreciation of your taloring skills.
     
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