Photos of Miami Face-Biting Victim Should End 'Zombie Apocalypse' Meme

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The hospital hosting Ronald Poppo, the homeless man whose face was chewed up by a drug-addled man, released some (very graphic) photos and details documenting his recovery, and now we can look forward to the end of the not terribly funny "zombie apocalypse" meme. The details are gruesome, of course, but sobering in a way that we hope ends the jokes. We say gruesome because Poppo lost half his face, including one of his eyeballs, according to the local CBS report, and two weeks later, the scars and skin grafts that result are predictably difficult to look at.

On the other hand, this was a story rife with jokes about cannibalism trends and zombies, so all this concrete stuff about the victim ought to remind us that Poppo is a real person who is now disfigured for life. Doctors report, for instance, that Poppo was rooting for the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals, and is "very charming and positive and he can't wait to go swimming again." As Poppo continues to recover, maybe we can focus on the drugs behind the attack or about the tricky process of fixing people's faces can be or ... anything that isn't a zombie apocalypse joke, please! 

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