‘Buzzkill of science’ Neil deGrasse Tyson explains why zombies are purely fantasy

By Eric W. Dolan
Friday, November 15, 2013 15:07 EDT
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Have no fear of the coming zombie apocalypse, astrophysicist and “buzzkill of science” Neil deGrasse Tyson told America on Thursday night’s The Daily Show.

It’s not happening. Zombies apparently defy the known laws of physics and physiology.

“Without a functioning circulatory system distributing oxygenated blood, a zombie’s muscles would succumb to rigor mortis,” Tyson explained.

“They couldn’t even stand, let alone walk.”

And they would have no desire to eat brains — or anything else — because their bodies would not be producing the hormone leptin.

Human zombies just couldn’t happen.

Spaces zombies, however, are another story.

“I’m a scientist,” Tyson said. “I have to be open to every possibility.”

Watch video, courtesy of Comedy Central, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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