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Highway sign in Texas last month

Highway sign in Texas last month

Pranks with electronic road signs stir worry

Pranksters in at least three states are messing with electronic road signs meant to warn motorists of possible traffic problems by putting drivers on notice about Nazi zombies and raptors. And highway safety officials aren’t amused.

The latest breach came Tuesday during the morning rush hour near Collinsville, Ill., where hackers changed a sign along southbound Interstate 255 to read, “DAILY LANE CLOSURES DUE TO ZOMBIES.”

And signs in Austin, Texas, recently flashed: “NAZI ZOMBIES! RUN!!!” and “ZOMBIES IN AREA! RUN.”

Though kinda amusing, I guess I’ve gotta agree that this is out of line.

A reader emails:

It’s not a metaphorical sign of the coming apocalypse as we usually refer to it. It’s an actual sign of the coming apocalypse.

Prepare yourself:

The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War
The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead

The last one, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, won’t be out until June but is available for pre-order.


  1. the Apocalypse, or THE APOCALYPSE, or the biblical end times? You have to be more specific, Murdoc. In the biblical end times, yes, the dead in Christ shall rise, but then ascend to heaven, very short duration, not expected to actually affect anything, and may just mean that the souls are called to heaven, not the actual dead bodies. In the Apocalypse, it’ll be an occasional zombie, but not a full blown outbreak. In THE APOCALYPSE, well, you can fort up for a while, but better to have as large a group of survivors around as possible to continue to procreate and continue the human race. If you still live in your mother’s basement, you’re screwed. As to road signs, bad idea to mess with them. Boy…wolf…you know the deal.

  2. It’s one more sign that the state is in trouble. They didn’t wear terrible Indian costumes at the Boston Tea Party as disguises. They wore them because it was HILARIOUS.

  3. One more reason to get a weapon that can be easily stocked by passing a few homes and gun stores. XD

    A third book is coming out? Sweet.

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