10.10.09: feH1N1z 2009 Outbreak in Manitou Springs, Colorado


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New Viral H1N1 Strain Breaks Out in Manitou Springs; Causing Sufferer to Desire Human Flesh

Leaf McGowan, underWorld Syndicate News: Saturday, October 10, 2009

No one really knows what happened. We’ve seen this strain before, in fact this is the third time it struck the quiet little artsy community of Manitou Springs. A lab technician from the CDC stumbled out of the medical facility under Cheyenne Mountain by NORAD and got into his car. Given the ice storms that were plummeting the area, no one in their right minds would brave the roads and the sheer ice sheets out and about. The Colorado Springs Police Department issued not to travel if you could help it. But this lab technician, drenched in blood, and highly infected with the fe [flesh eating] H1N1 z[zombification] strain of the Swine flu that has been a serious epidemic this year. This mutation that he was infected with, causes the body to convulse, lose body functions, the flesh appear to be decaying as if splattered by acid, and causes the victim to crave human flesh, blood, and more importantly raw human brains and intestines. This lab technician, joined by several others infected from last year, appeared to be spreading the disease in Soda Springs Park. Soda Springs Park turned into a bloodbath. Soon the 40 or so citizens in the park began to shiver, tremble, shake, and moan. A mob of them crawled foot-dragging, stumbling, and groaning for blood, brains, and guts as they progressed down historic Manitou Avenue. Around the Dulcimer shoppe, a hippie girl wearing a peace-symbol cap screamed in horror down towards Black Cat Books. About 5 more zombies came out of the woodwork and joined the mob of flesh eating corpses. The zombies double-backed across the street following this hippie chick until she dodged into the Townhouse Lounge at the address of 907 Manitou Avenue.


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The Zombies poured into the front doors of the Townhouse Lounge to find warmth, brains, blood, and a feast. The friendly staff at the Lounge welcomed in the blood drenched crowd as the CDC induced the food with a antidote to pacify the zombies from desiring human flesh, brains, and guts. However, it took a little while for the antidote to trigger, so some zombies feasted on the patrons. The local band “John Wise” tried to lullaby the zombies with some great zombie and monster themed compilations. Rumors have already spread that some of the zombies escaped to the local town of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Plans for the CDC to contain the infected are already in plans and a quarantine location established for containment in a couple of weeks. Estimates reveal that by December 21, 2012 the Zombie Apocalypse of the feH1N1z strain will extinct the human race. Only the living dead will populate the earth. How’s that for the turning of the age of enlightenment and transformation?


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The Third Annual Manitou Springs Zombie Crawl

3:00-6:30 PM: Soda Springs Park * Manitou Avenue * Townhouse Lounge [907 Manitou Ave] * Manitou Springs, Colorado

Manitou Springs Zombie Facebook Community * Manitou Springs Zombie Myspace Community


Every year a mob of us get together for a zombie crawl down Manitou Avenue for a art performance piece. The public – adults, families, children of all ages and walks of life are invited to join the group. We dress up as zombies and take a foot draggin, moan-n-groaning crawl down historic Manitou Avenue in celebration of art, costume, zombies, and the holiday season. We usually find a local establishment for a social afterwards. This year’s zombie crawl got off to a freezing start as the Manitou / Colorado Springs area was plummetted with freezing rain and icy roads in the area. Of the 100+ online R.S.V.P.s [combined counts from facebook, Myspace, Livejournal, Zombiecrawl.com, Zombiewalk.com listed events] only about 45 participants attended, down from last year. This was believed to be weather driven. Regardless of the drop in attendance, the event was a smashing success and had a good number attending. Thanks to Leaf, Victoria, and Brighid for volunteering with makeup assistance in Soda Springs Park. Lots of blood and guts were distributed and the freezing/shivering mob did their performance piece down historic Manitou Avenue. We crawled from Soda Springs Park down to Black Cat Books, across the street, and back down Manitou Avenue to the Townhouse Lounge who provided warmth, festivity, food, drinks, specials, and a band for our Zombie social. A good number stayed for food, drink, music, and photos; but due to weather and road conditions, we left early for a treacherous drive home – roads were slippery, freezing rain solidified our windshields quickly, but all-in-all, minus a few dents got home safely. Originally a horde of zombies from the crawl last minute decided to invade the movie theater for “Zombieland”, I unfortunately couldn’t make it because of the road conditions. Thanks to Jacob, Stephanie, Leaf, and Breanna for the amazing photos included here. See you next year! Or better yet, at Boulder’s, Colorado Spring’s, or Denver’s crawls later this month. [ 2nd Annual Crawl ]   [ First Annual Crawl ]

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