What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 17 – The Donner Party Dilemma

21 Jun

The three of you have been locked in the warehouse for months, surrounded by zombies that batter and tear at every door and shutter, scratching their fingers into bony stumps in their efforts to get in. You ate the last of the food six weeks ago and you know you’re dying from starvation. Then you hear the news you’ve been waiting for coming over the little wind-up radio you found: what’s left of the army are finally making headway against the undead hordes and if you can only survive long enough, within a few weeks you might finally be free. You look round at your companions and realise one of them has finally succumbed to the lack of food. You glance at your fellow survivor, then back to the dead body. That’s when something occurs to you: there’s enough meat left on him to allow you to last until the army get to your city and clear out the zombies. This means that if you eat him, you’ll survive long enough to be rescued. If you don’t you will die in a matter of days. What do you do?


As always, this dilemma is just here to make you think, so there’s no right or wrong answer. Vote in the poll to let others know what you do if you were in this situation, and if you want to give a more detailed answer, leave a comment on this posting.

This dilemma was inspired by two previous posts on this blog, both of which considered the scenario of cannibalism within groups of people trapped in buildings during a zombie apocalypse. The first considered the likelihood that this would happen, while the second was a short story based around this type of situation.


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5 Responses to “What Would You Do If … Dilemmas In A Zombie Apocalypse: No. 17 – The Donner Party Dilemma”

  1. Jack Flacco 21/06/2013 at 17:54 #

    Well, I’d rather die than eat someone. Seriously. For one thing, we don’t know what he’s eaten to make that flesh of his. At least if it was goat, we know they’re vegetarians, which would make the meat sweet. Man? Ugh, no thanks. Even if it tastes like chicken. 😉

    • cmdrysdale 21/06/2013 at 18:12 #

      I don’t know, when push comes to shove … And anyway, apparently it tastes more like pork than chicken!

  2. jokelly65 23/06/2013 at 09:37 #

    well when throwing a Donner party, you must make sure the place settings are just right, and set aside a nice Chardonnay. you will want to eat the youngest first, the meat will be tender.. where older folks like me can be tough,stringy, and quite disagreeable to both the palate and to your stomach.. Remember older folks.. not good to eat. young folks..Yummy. LOL.

    and Human meat has been called long pig. and is supposedly best when slow cooked LOL.

    • cmdrysdale 23/06/2013 at 09:53 #

      Very good advice, but i believe Dr. Lecter recommends Chianti over Chardonnay for such events!

      • jokelly65 23/06/2013 at 18:14 #

        LOL I guess its a matter of taste.

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