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question of the day: What fictional boogeyman — zombie, vampire, Giger Alien, Oompa Loompa, etc — do you need to protect yourself against?

Have you seen the zombie-proof house? Via All That Is Interesting:

“The most essential item for our clients was acquiring the feeling of maximum security,” begins the designers’ website in the summary of the structure. Who wouldn’t feel safe in a concrete rectangle that folds in upon itself to become completely sealed? Even the windows are covered with a slab of concrete when the structure is on nap time.

The house, with its movable walls, has only one entrance, which is located on the second floor after crossing a drawbridge. Seems like the perfect opportunity to use a flamethrower and defend the life of your family, while stylishly nesting in a piece of architectural elitism.

It actually looks pretty nice:

And safe:

(Many more amusing and fascinating pix at All That Is Interesting.)

It’s nice to see that some folks are, at least, taking the threat of zombie apocalypse seriously. (The English city of Leicester this week admitted that it is woefully unprepared for the inevitable descent of zombie hoards.) And yet zombies are but one of the terrors we should be preparing ourselves — at least fictionally — to defend against. There are far too many monsters out to get us in our collective cultural dreams.

What fictional boogeyman — zombie, vampire, Giger Alien, Oompa Loompa, etc — do you need to protect yourself against? And how would you do it?

That list of nightmare creatures is not meant to be inclusive, obviously. In fact, I invite you to remind me of those horrors I’ve forgotten I should be shoring up defenses against. Ooo! Like the monster under the bed. It just now bubbled up to my conscious mind that I cannot let my feet hang over the edge of the bed lest I lose a few toes to the monster under the bed. Someone could make a pretty penny designing a monster-under-the-bed-proof bed.

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)


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