You’ve probably heard by now that researchers in the English city of Leicester have determined that a decades-old skeleton found under a parking lot was that of King Richard III. With evidence from DNA testing and historical accounts, researchers confirmed the king’s identity on Monday.
But here’s what you probably don’t know: Leicester’s council was scolded by a concerned citizen in June 2011 about its zombie preparation negligence:
Dear Leicester City Council,
Can you please let us know what provisions you have in place in the event of a zombie invasion? Having watched several films it is clear that preparation for such an event is poor and one that councils throughout the kingdom must prepare for.
Please provide any information you may have.
Lynn Wyeth, head of information governance, said that “she was unaware of any specific reference to a zombie attack in the council’s emergency plan, however some elements of it could be applied if the situation arose.”
It’s unclear if any preparations had been made ahead of the discovery of Richard III’s skeleton, or whether Leicester is still wide open.
King Richard III’s skeleton was found in September as researchers used ground-penetrating radar to locate the ruins of an ancient priory that they believed to be under a 19th century bank. It is suspected that the body was buried in haste after the Batte of Bosworth, in 1485, the battle in which Richard III was killed. The grave was dug with sloped sides and was too short for the body, a little cozy, even for the king’s feminine build.
According to BBC:
Richard III was portrayed as deformed by some Tudor historians and indeed the skeleton’s spine is badly curved, a condition known as scoliosis. However, there was no trace of a withered arm or other abnormalities seen in the more extreme characterisations of the king.
The analysis of the skeleton proved that it was an adult male but was an unusually slender, almost feminine, build for a man.
While the discovery is no Indiana Jones adventure, the find is still an excellent example of what we can find right under our own feet.
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