Report: Pentagon has a “zombie survival plan”. Seriously.

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By Javier E. David

Fans of “The Walking Dead” can breathe a sigh of relief. The U.S. federal government has a contingency plan in the unlikely event zombies were to overrun the country.

According to a report in Foreign Policy magazine, the Defense Department — with a 2014 budget of more than $500 billion — maintains a disaster preparation document called “CONOP 8888,” which in fact is a zombie survival plan. It was developed to train commanders in the art of strategizing for a catastrophe.

Foreign Policy bills it as a “how to guide for military planners” trying to save the population from an onslaught of the undead.

The zombie offensive is part of what the DoD calls “fictional contingency planning guidance” that asks military commanders to come up with a blueprint to “preserve non-zombie humans from the threat posed by a zombie horde,” Foreign Policy reported, citing an unclassified Pentagon document.

Without a hint of irony, DoD calls the plan “Counter-Zombie Dominance,” and added in the disclaimer section that “this plan was not actually designed as a joke.” The “worst case threat scenario,” according to the plan, would be high “transmissibility,” —legions of the undead infecting humans rapidly, with little way to counter rapidly multiplying hordes of zombies.

According to Foreign Policy, military strategists assigned to Omaha’s U.S. Strategic Command wrote the document in April 2011, as part of game plan to protect citizens against any kind of threat.

“Planners … realized that training examples for plans must accommodate the political fallout that occurs if the general public mistakenly believes that a fictional training scenario is actually a real plan,” the plan’s authors wrote.

They added that “we elected to use a completely-impossible scenario that could never be mistaken for a real plan.”

A spokesperson for U.S. Strategic Command distanced the Pentagon from the document, telling Foreign Policy in a statement that the zombie plan was merely a “training tool” that uses a “fictional training scenario. This document is not a U.S. Strategic Command plan.”

The most desirable college in each state [map]

Peter Jacobs, BusinessInsider.com

Higher-education information website eCollegeFinder has put together this great map showing the most desirable college in each state based on the number of applications they received this year.

The map is an interesting mix of large state universities and more prestigious — and selective — private schools. The University of California, Los Angeles, had the most applications of any college in the country, with 72,676 potential students vying for admission in fall 2013.

eCollegeFinder’s Mike Simmons put the map together using data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

Via eCollegeFinder, these are the most desirable colleges in the country:

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eCollegeFinder also compiled a helpful list of the top five schools with the most applications and an excellent state-by-state breakdown of just how many students applied to each school:

Top Five Colleges With The Most Applications:

  1. University of California – Los Angeles – 72,676
  2. New York University – 57,552
  3. Pennsylvania State University – 47,552
  4. Northeastern University – 47,364
  5. University of Michigan – Ann Arbor – 46,813

Most Desirable College By State:

Alabama — University of Alabama

  • Location — Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Number of Applications Received — 30,975
  • Acceptance Rate — 57%
  • Total Undergraduates — 28,026

Alaska — University of Alaska

  • Location — Anchorage, Alaska
  • Number of Applications Received — 3,062*
  • Acceptance Rate — 72%
  • Total Undergraduates — 16,498

Arizona — University of Arizona

  • Location — Tucson, Arizona
  • Number of Applications Received — 26,329
  • Acceptance Rate — 77%
  • Total Undergraduates — 31,565

Arkansas — University of Arkansas

  • Location — Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Number of Applications Received — 18,908
  • Acceptance Rate — 59%
  • Total Undergraduates — 20,350

California — University of California, Los Angeles

  • Location — Los Angeles, California
  • Number of Applications Received — 72,676
  • Acceptance Rate — 22%
  • Total Undergraduates — 27,941

Colorado — University of Colorado

  • Location — Boulder, Colorado
  • Number of Applications Received — 22,473
  • Acceptance Rate — 88%
  • Total Undergraduates — 25,941

Connecticut — Yale University

  • Location — New Haven, Connecticut
  • Number of Applications Received — 28,977
  • Acceptance Rate — 7%
  • Total Undergraduates — 5,405

Delaware — University of Delaware

  • Location — Newark, Delaware
  • Number of Applications Received — 25,458
  • Acceptance Rate — 65%
  • Total Undergraduates — 18,202

Florida — University of Central Florida

  • Location — Orlando, Florida
  • Number of Applications Received — 31,820
  • Acceptance Rate — 49%
  • Total Undergraduates — 51,010

Georgia — University of Georgia

  • Location — Athens, Georgia
  • Number of Applications Received — 18,458
  • Acceptance Rate — 56%
  • Total Undergraduates — 26,259

Hawaii — University of Hawaii at Manoa

  • Location — Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Number of Applications Received — 6,901
  • Acceptance Rate — 80%
  • Total Undergraduates — 14,655

Idaho — Boise State University

  • Location — Boise, Idaho
  • Number of Applications Received — 7,832
  • Acceptance Rate — 78%
  • Total Undergraduates — 19,477

Illinois — Northwestern University

  • Location — Evanston, Illinois
  • Number of Applications Received — 32,060
  • Acceptance Rate — 15%
  • Total Undergraduates — 9,376

Indiana — Indiana University

  • Location — Bloomington, Indiana
  • Number of Applications Received — 37,826
  • Acceptance Rate — 72%
  • Total Undergraduates — 32,371

Iowa — University of Iowa

  • Location — Iowa City, Iowa
  • Number of Applications Received — 21,642
  • Acceptance Rate — 80%
  • Total Undergraduates — 21,999

Kansas — University of Kansas

  • Location — Lawrence, Kansas
  • Number of Applications Received — 12,389
  • Acceptance Rate — 92%
  • Total Undergraduates — 19,169

Kentucky — University of Kentucky

  • Location — Lexington, Kentucky
  • Number of Applications Received — 19,810
  • Acceptance Rate — 69%
  • Total Undergraduates — 20,827

Louisiana — Tulane University

  • Location — New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Number of Applications Received — 30,122
  • Acceptance Rate — 26%
  • Total Undergraduates — 8,357

Maine — University of Maine

  • Location — Orono, Maine
  • Number of Applications Received — 8,306
  • Acceptance Rate — 81%
  • Total Undergraduates — 8,778

Maryland — University of Maryland

  • Location — College Park, Maryland
  • Number of Applications Received — 26,247
  • Acceptance Rate — 47%
  • Total Undergraduates — 26,538

Massachusetts — Northeastern University

  • Location — Boston, Massachusetts
  • Number of Applications Received — 47,364
  • Acceptance Rate — 32%
  • Total Undergraduates — 16,640

Michigan — University of Michigan

  • Location — Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Number of Applications Received — 46,813
  • Acceptance Rate — 33%
  • Total Undergraduates — 27,979

Minnesota — University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

  • Location — Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Number of Applications Received — 43,048
  • Acceptance Rate — 44%
  • Total Undergraduates — 34,469

Mississippi — University of Mississippi

  • Location — University, Mississippi
  • Number of Applications Received — 14,258
  • Acceptance Rate — 59%
  • Total Undergraduates — 16,060

Missouri — Washington University in St. Louis

  • Location — Saint Louis, Missouri
  • Number of Applications Received — 30,117
  • Acceptance Rate — 16%
  • Total Undergraduates — 7,259

Montana — Montana State University

  • Location — Bozeman, Montana
  • Number of Applications Received — 12,581
  • Acceptance Rate — 84%
  • Total Undergraduates — 12,679

Nebraska — University of Nebraska

  • Location — Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Number of Applications Received — 10,929
  • Acceptance Rate — 64%
  • Total Undergraduates — 19,103

Nevada — University of Nevada-Reno

  • Location — Reno, Nevada
  • Number of Applications Received — 7,857
  • Acceptance Rate — 84%
  • Total Undergraduates — 15,082

New Hampshire — Dartmouth College

  • Location — Hanover, New Hampshire
  • Number of Applications Received — 23,110
  • Acceptance Rate — 10%
  • Total Undergraduates — 4,193

New Jersey — Rutgers University

  • Location — New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • Number of Applications Received — 30,631
  • Acceptance Rate — 60%
  • Total Undergraduates — 31,593

New Mexico — University of New Mexico

  • Location — Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Number of Applications Received — 11,467
  • Acceptance Rate — 65%
  • Total Undergraduates — 22,773

New York — New York University

  • Location — New York, New York
  • Number of Applications Received — 57,845
  • Acceptance Rate — 26%
  • Total Undergraduates — 22,498

North Carolina — Duke University

  • Location — Durham, North Carolina
  • Number of Applications Received — 30,374
  • Acceptance Rate — 13%
  • Total Undergraduates — 6,655

North Dakota — North Dakota State University

  • Location — Fargo, North Dakota
  • Number of Applications Received — 5,812
  • Acceptance Rate — 84%
  • Total Undergraduates — 11,988

Ohio — Ohio State University

  • Location — Columbus, Ohio
  • Number of Applications Received — 31,359
  • Acceptance Rate — 56%
  • Total Undergraduates — 43,058

Oklahoma — Oklahoma State University

  • Location — Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • Number of Applications Received — 11,064
  • Acceptance Rate — 76%
  • Total Undergraduates — 20,323

Oregon — University of Oregon

  • Location — Eugene, Oregon
  • Number of Applications Received — 21,263
  • Acceptance Rate — 74%
  • Total Undergraduates — 20,809

Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania State University

  • Location — University Park, Pennsylvania
  • Number of Applications Received — 47,552
  • Acceptance Rate — 54%
  • Total Undergraduates — 39,192

Rhode Island — Brown University

  • Location — Providence, Rhode Island
  • Number of Applications Received — 28,919
  • Acceptance Rate — 9%
  • Total Undergraduates — 6,435

South Carolina — University of South Carolina

  • Location — Columbia, South Carolina
  • Number of Applications Received — 23,429
  • Acceptance Rate — 61%
  • Total Undergraduates — 23,363

South Dakota — South Dakota State University

  • Location — Brookings, South Dakota
  • Number of Applications Received — 4,851
  • Acceptance Rate — 92%
  • Total Undergraduates — 11,118

Tennessee — Vanderbilt University

  • Location — Nashville, Tennessee
  • Number of Applications Received — 31,099
  • Acceptance Rate — 13%
  • Total Undergraduates — 6,796

Texas — University of Texas at Austin

  • Location — Austin, Texas
  • Number of Applications Received — 38,161
  • Acceptance Rate — 40%
  • Total Undergraduates — 39,955

Utah — Brigham Young University

  • Location — Provo, Utah
  • Number of Applications Received — 11,423
  • Acceptance Rate — 49%
  • Total Undergraduates — 31,060

Vermont — University of Vermont

  • Location — Burlington, Vermont
  • Number of Applications Received — 22,381
  • Acceptance Rate — 78%
  • Total Undergraduates — 11,211

Virginia — University of Virginia

  • Location — Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Number of Applications Received — 28,984
  • Acceptance Rate — 30%
  • Total Undergraduates — 15,822

Washington — University of Washington

  • Location — Seattle, Washington
  • Number of Applications Received — 30,199
  • Acceptance Rate — 55%
  • Total Undergraduates — 29,475

West Virginia — West Virginia University

  • Location — Morgantown, West Virginia
  • Number of Applications Received — 16,521
  • Acceptance Rate — 85%
  • Total Undergraduates — 22,827

Wisconsin — Marquette University

  • Location — Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Number of Applications Received — 23,432
  • Acceptance Rate — 57%
  • Total Undergraduates — 8,293

Wyoming — University of Wyoming

  • Location — Laramie, Wyoming
  • Number of Applications Received — 4,181
  • Acceptance Rate — 96%
  • Total Undergraduates — 10,194