If popular entertainment has taught us anything over the past few years, it's that humanity will meet its demise not through nuclear war or natural catastrophe, but through the zombie apocalypse. Yes, we're all doomed when the day arrives where the dead rise up and eat the living, spreading their foul contagion to each person they bite. We've all been living in fear for the past 40-plus years (Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' debuted in 1968), quietly waiting for the first sign that the end is at hand. Today, we have it.
Topless Robot reader RenGeek81 pointed out a Live Science article wherein researchers in the Brazilian rain forest have made a startling discovery: Fungi is turning carpenter ants into zombies. (RenGeek81 is probably a good guy to hang out with when the zombie sh*t hits the fan. If you're a "Ren Geek," you probably have swords and other medieval weaponry, which are great for killing the undead. Of course, if he's just a huge fan of 'Ren and Stimpy''s asthmatic chihuahua Ren Hoek, his usefulness in the zombie apocalypse drops dramatically.)
Hit the jump for the horrifying details.