Reader Question: How Do Zombies Get to the Brains?

A few days ago, Molly asked “Since zombies lack the coordination and problem solving skills to utilize tools, how would they penetrate the skull? You can’t gnaw through it.” Good question.

First of all, let’s not forget that if the brain’s too hard to get to, the zombies will eat whatever – limbs, throats, chewy little torsos. They’re just trying to eat people. But for whatever reason, they do seem especially enthralled by brains. I still think it’s because of an instinct to kill the victims first; I imagine most predators do this automatically because once your prey is dead you have a much easier time of consuming it.

But, okay. Yes, the skull is tough to get through, and maybe zombies wouldn’t think to smash it on the ground and split it open like a delicious coconut. I think the eye sockets and the throat would be the easiest way to get to the brain using just hands/claws. The zombie might know this instinctually, or it might just get there by randomly poking or teething on random parts of the head.

For the first time in my blog’s (admittedly short) history, I asked a doctor’s opinion. Technically a friend in med school, but whatever, he’s removed brains before. He agreed that zombies wouldn’t have any trouble ripping out eyes or gauging out throats, and that the brain is indeed ridiculously easy to obtain through either of those routes. His prescription? Wearing a helmet, goggles, and neck protector daily. No wonder everyone looks at me so strangely.

PS: If you don’t want to rip out your own eyes, I suggest you do NOT google the phrase “smashed skulls.”

3 Responses to Reader Question: How Do Zombies Get to the Brains?

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  2. Luc says:

    to reply on the webpage editoer’s comment… “But for whatever reason, they do seem especially enthralled by brains.” wathc nght of the living dead, return of the living dead. great movie. gives a bit of back ground. After the mortician and the kids catch a zombie, restrain it, and ask it why it eats brains.. she replies…. to make the pain go away… the pain being dead.. they can actually feel themselves rotting away. ;) from Luc. avid zombie fan

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