How would it be possible for sunlight to cause zombies to self combust into flames

2018-02-10 21:06:28

I haven't been here in a while but I got another question, Would it be scientifically possible for sunlight to cause a zombie to self combust into flames? And if they would only self combust if their heads were exposed to it, but if they had head cover or gear, then they would be perfectly ok? I know this sounds quite a bit like a concept from Minecraft (because it's based from that), but I would want to know if it's scientifically possible.

The Short Answer

No.

In the realm of scientific realism, there are no chemicals that are simultaneously so sensitive to light that it would trigger an exothermic reaction strong enough to burn a "person" to "death", while stable enough that they could otherwise be carried about by that person.

The Longer Answer

On the other hand, you already have zombies. Assuming they're actual "dead former people now walking and doing things", your scientific credibility is already in sharp decline.

So if it's something you really want

  • The Short Answer

    No.

    In the realm of scientific realism, there are no chemicals that are simultaneously so sensitive to light that it would trigger an exothermic reaction strong enough to burn a "person" to "death", while stable enough that they could otherwise be carried about by that person.

    The Longer Answer

    On the other hand, you already have zombies. Assuming they're actual "dead former people now walking and doing things", your scientific credibility is already in sharp decline.

    So if it's something you really want as a characteristic of your zombies, you could make it happen. Let's say that your Z-parasite, your microorganism/parasite/magic that makes the zombies, was originally created to organically generate binary fuel for something. It keeps that fuel in the space formerly reserved for its victim's brain, separated by a (for an equally contrived reason) extremely photosensitive but otherwise impermeable membrane. Expose the holes in that "zombie's" head to light

    2018-02-10 22:01:50