When the dead walk the earth, how many will there be and where’s the best place to view them?

Today is Halloween, the traditional day for zombies to climb out of their graves and walk the earth, perhaps feeding on some unfortunate human brains along the way.

I suppose if I had to pick a place on this planet to watch this all happen, it might have to be somewhere in Italy where scores of zombie gladiators and roman centurions would make for great spectacle and show.

Of course, I’d have to ask myself, how much danger I’d be in under such circumstances. Sure, I could easily outrun the slow moving zombies (unless I was with some girl who trips and falls down–as they tend to do in these situations). But how many are we really talking about here? Because, as everyone knows, zombies are most effective when working as a team and exploiting their numbers advantage; at some point, there are simply too many and whoops, there goes your brains.

So, when the dead do walk the earth, how many will there be? According to a demographer at the Population Reference Bureau, approximately 106 billion people have lived and died on our little planet. Today, there are just 6.5 billion of us currently alive. That means if the dead do walk the earth, they will outnumber the living about 16 to 1. Wow, those aren’t very good odds. And so, I leave you with some classic advice from Night of the Living Dead:

“Chief, if I were surrounded by say six or eight of these things, would I stand a chance?”
“Well, if you had a gun, shoot ’em in the head. If you didn’t, get a torch and burn ’em, they go up pretty easy. Beat ’em or burn ’em.”