“We’re not unreasonable; I mean, no one’s gonna eat your eyes.”
Okay, first, take a few minutes and listen to this fantastic song, Re: Your Brains, by Jonathan Coulton (warning: contains one mild curse word).
Lovely, isn’t it? It’s one of those songs that makes me laugh every time I hear it.
Anyway…Thursday night (i.e., the night before the December 21st “end of the world”), I had a zombie apocalypse nightmare. I have nightmares a lot (one of the lucky few who never outgrew it), but I have never had zombies in a nightmare. Until Thursday night. Of course, the timing is a little too perfect to be a coincidence. Side note: I’m not entirely sure why we were all fascinated by the Mayan prediction. After all, the massive Mayan nation was wiped out by European diseases several centuries ago–clearly their prediction skills were lacking.
So what did I do? Naturally, I posted about my nightmare on Facebook.
And thus began the onslaught of hilarious zombie apocalypse comments. In the midst of these–most of which made me giggle like an 8 year old–a friend commented that he had heard a radio announcer talking about having a brain fluid leak out his nose (ew, by the way) that tasted sweet. This considerate friend then suggested that I carry candy with me so that I can just hand it out to the zombies to satisfy their brain cravings, should I ever be faced with an apocalyptic setting–a reasonable suggestion, considering the absurdity of the entire conversation.
But wait–brain fluid tastes sweet!?! I couldn’t resist the urge to learn something new. I researched online, and sure enough, the medical sources agree. Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) leaks are often described by patients as tasting metallic, salty, or sweet. Who knew, right?
Alas, the world did not end on Friday, utterly wasting my sleepless night amid the zombies in my imagination. However, I may be packing my backpack with suckers, just in case.