Zombies, Roman numerals anZombies, Roman numerals and legislatorsd legislators
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The list of things I don’t know is so long it would cause Wikipedia to melt down. The list of things I don’t understand is getting longer as I grow older.

For example:

n What exactly is it that drives today’s pop-culture fascination with zombies?

Yes, yes, I know about the human need to feel scared about something. It’s why we tell ghost stories around the campfire. It’s fun.

But isn’t there sufficient real-life threat from conventional living creatures (terrorists, drug-addled drivers, nanny-state government officials) in the world to satisfy our need to feel scared of something?

Guess I was the last one to catch on that the new Brad Pitt movie “World War Z” is about a zombie apocalypse. Silly me; I thought it was a Super Bowl-like use of a Roman numeral, and I had missed the earlier installments of the series, until I checked to see what “Z” stands for and learned there is no Roman numeral “Z.”

n Speaking of Roman numerals, why is it that the Super Bowl uses them to designate editions of the pro football championship game?

After all, once you get past 10 (or, rather, X), few of us can translate the number, anyway. (See my admission of ignorance in the preceding item.)

Don’t try to use the “well, it’s tradition” argument, because the first two games, back in the day when it pitted the champion of the established National Football League against the champion of the upstart American Football League, did not use Roman numerals, nor the trademark-protected title of “Super Bowl.”

n Changing gears to numbers such as those we use to count the dollars withheld from our paychecks by the government, why do Kentucky taxpayers continue to reward dereliction of duty by elected officials by paying them extra money when they are called into special sessions?

The state’s lawmakers are licking their chops at the prospect of bonus money for the special session Gov. Beshear has called in August, this one so the honorable legislators can deal with legislative and judicial redistricting.

In the world of elected officials, it seems, no bad deed goes unrewarded.

I learned as I was growing up that failure to get the job done warranted some sort of bad consequence, somewhere between getting chewed out and getting fired.

Looking on the bright side, at least elected officials are not zombies (blood suckers, perhaps, but that’s more relevant to the oh-so-last-year vampire phenomenon).

And, special legislative sessions are not identified by unintelligible Roman numerals.
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