Mood: flagging (almost bedtime!)
Kms run: 1km – workin’ on the guns at the gym today instead
Song du jour: Theme song to the tv program, Storage Wars (lonnnnng story!)
Amongst my bathroom reading I found an interesting bit of info.
Yeah, yeah. I hear what you’re thinking: ‘Bathroom reading. Hngh hngh. She reads on the loo.’ Yes. Yes I do. I have 2 kids, remember? Those moments on the loo are tiny stolen gems, moments where I get to be a grown-up, rather than a chef/ chauffeur/ Barbie-playing/ homework-helping/ walking-entertainment-committee.
Don’t judge me, man.
Anyway, I found a helpful nugget of info in my multiple-weeks-ago issue of New Scientist magazine. And afore you ask, yes, I aspire to geekdom.
An anonymous reader asked: “James Bond must have had thousands of bullets aimed at him over the course of his movie career…Can anybody calculate the odds of him not having taken a fatal hit over the past five decades? Sure they are astronomical.”
Answer: “By my reckoning, in the 22 Bond films to date, there have been at least 4662 shots fired at our hero. A static well-aimed shot would almost certainly have proved lethal, but assuming all 4662 were ‘on the run’, the probability of a single fatal shot is about 5 percent. That is, the chance of a single shot missing is 0.95, and hence the probability of all shots missing is 0.95 4662 or 1.4 x 10 -104, which is as close to zero as makes no difference.“
How does this relate to the modern zombie dodger? Well, think: chances are that during the apocalypse, an awful lot of the shots one might take at the approaching undead will be while walking, running, screaming, swinging from a vine, etc – eg, ‘on the run’ as stated above. That means, 95 percent of the time, I’d be wasting ammo. With those odds, I might as well just throw a bullet at the zombies.
It makes me ponder – while the movies and popular culture seems to perpetuate guns as best-choice weapon during the zombie uprising, is this so? According to the stats above, I’d say sure, in a sniper or distance situation….but on the ground? Possibly useless. I wonder…for zombie-slaying on the run, are other weapons with a higher hit rate (so to speak)? Frying pan? Baseball bat? Something else?
Thoughts? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?