I heard an interesting phrase last night while watching the new "Forests" episode of the BBC series "Planet Earth" that the Discovery Channel is showing in hi-def ( the footage in this series in awesome, by the way).
Anyway, narrator Sigourney Weaver was describing the hatching/ maturation and subsequent trek of a shitload of Cicadas, a large, noisy insect. They were all walking en masse on the forest floor because their wings were still wet. Anyway, Ms. Weaver described the action thusly:
"They all march forward like zombies."
Outstanding. Do you see how far we've come? Not even five years ago the mass of Cicadas would have been described as marching forward "like soldiers" or something of the like. But now zombies, formerly a fringe monster at best to everyone except genre fans, have become so entrenched in our culture that they are referenced in nature documentaries. This makes me happy.
We've obviously reached a zombie "tipping point." What glorious times we live in!