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When it comes to "zombie culture" I'm not exactly what you'd call an enthusiast. I don't watch The Walking Dead and I don't feel any sort of guilty about it. It's not that I can't handle gore—Game of Thrones is my favorite show—it's just that I prefer my gore with a side of fantasy. Any sort of cannibalism situation, albeit in an apocalyptic setting, is a bit too much for my tummy to handle.
Turns out, my reservations aren't too far off base. In the video below my AsapSCIENCE you'll find out exactly what eating human flesh does to the body. Hint: it's not great.
Of course, this isn't a topic that comes up often in everyday life—I would hope—but it does call into question the whole, "What would you do if it were life and death?"
After seeing this video, I'm thinking I'd just go ahead and die of starvation. I know it sounds defeatist, but logistically speaking, the side effects of eating human flesh seem a lot more painful. Also, the idea of eating someone in general is pretty off-putting, to say the least, but the idea of eating someone I LOVE? Woof, no thank you! I believe in the occasional self-sacrifice in order to sustain relationships, but that's a bit much.
I also began to wonder, is cannibalism illegal? Like, if someone is dead and you eat them, can you get in trouble? Or if you're starving and someone offers their meat (ew, ew, ew) can you get in trouble for being compliant?
According to Business Insider—"In the United States and most European countries there are no outright laws against the consumption of human flesh. Most criminals who commit acts of cannibalism are charged with murder, desecration of corpses, or necrophilia. Because the victims often consent to the act it can be difficult to find a charge, which was what happened with the famous Miewes case in Germany. His victim responded to an internet ad: “looking for a well-built 18 to 30-year-old to be slaughtered and then consumed." He's now serving a life sentence."
Well, would ya look at that! Technically, you can eat a person but a joint could land you in prison. Makes sense!