Movie posters for the 1932 horror film White Zombie featured an excerpt from the Haitian Criminal Code as proof that the country "recognizes the existence of Zombies" and punishes practitioners of this "necromancy" with the death penalty. Other films and books have said the same, but the truth is more complicated.
Zombies may seem like the purview of AMC dramas nowadays, but in 1997, English medical journal The Lancet published an intriguing set of case studies detailing three reports of zombification in Haiti. What caused the dead to walk in these instances? Well, let's just say reality is far less lurid than George Romero…
While predicting the next big earthquake is probably impossibility, there's still a lot we can learn about what causes severe earthquakes. We've now identified the trigger for some of the most destructive recent earthquakes, including the 2007 quake in Haiti.
It's not every day that you can raise awareness of the Cylon threat and help the victims of a terrible natural disaster. The Chicago Tribune's Maureen Ryan has added some sweet BSG and Dollhouse schwag to her Haiti charity auction.
Cartoonist Joe Alterio's charity, Robots + Monsters, is raising money for relief efforts Haiti. Donate, and you'll get a custom-drawn robot or monster created to your specifications by some pretty awesome artists.