Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
--C.S. Lewis--

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Fresh From The Department Of Nothing Better To Do

Mathematicians from the University of Ottawa (Go fighting Gee-Gees!) have discovered that zombie attacks may lead to the destruction of mankind unless dealt with quickly. Coming to such a profoundly revealing conclusion requires either a PhD in applied mathematics or a 3-day weekend, a George Romero* boxed set, and a VCR.

Apparently these math wunderkinds use the same sort of procedures that they would use for studying outbreaks of a real pandemic. It's a good thing that there are currently no real-world pandemic outbreaks that might distract them from this important work.

*Fun fact file: George Romero was inspired to go into horror directing after working on a segment of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.