Relax, people -- there's no zombie apocalypse afoot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assures us that there's no such thing as zombies, despite the recent string of zombie-esque events.

But what the heck is going on? There was a tragic and horrific face-eating in Miami, a guy who allegedly ate his roommate's brain and heart in Baltimore, the porn star accused of killing a man then raped and ate parts of his corpse in Montreal, a guy who reportedly disemboweled himself and threw his own intestines at police in Hackensack, plus all these weird and sickening events compiled by Gawker. Thank you, everyone on this list, for giving us nightmare material for the next five years.

Try as we might to dismiss these things as weird isolated events, the term 'zombie apocalypse' keeps cropping up. If Patton Oswalt tweets it, you really know something's going on.


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Seriously -- is there some sort of mutilation/cannibal/blood-fever thrill-kill murder virus going around?

As of Friday morning, the phrase was a top Google trend. CNN spoke with American University professor Scott Talan, who said that when news like this happens in bunches, people tend to attach a name to it.

"This is all nothing new," he explained. On the upside, Talan thinks that unless another terrible crime is reported today, the "zombie apocalypse" chatter will likely blow over by next week.

In the meantime, try this mantra: There is no zombie apocalypse. There is no zombie apocalypse. There is no zombie apocalypse.

Of course, being prepared for the zombie apocalypse that is definitely not happening in any way, shape or form couldn't hurt, right? Right. We suggest transforming yourself into a lean, mean, zombie-fighting machine because, let's face it, if there's a zombie virus outbreak and society as we know it crumbles, your body might be your only line of defense.

In the event the unthinkable happens, here are some foods that will help you survive the zombie apocalypse.

Run Longer With Foods To Prevent Lactic Acid Buildup
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If your legs start cramping up as you sprint away from a zombie pursuer, you're feeling the effects of a lactic acid buildup. You can help that from happening by chowing down on certain foods. Livestrong recommends dishes with iron (tofu or salmon), potassium (bananas) and baking soda .

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