CORPSES IN PARTS of Pennsylvania were asked to rise up and take arms, after a computer error drafted them for the US army.
The Y2K bug was last seen in 1990s video clips. However it has come back to life once again, confusing strapping young things born between 1993 and 1997 with the corpses of their forefathers born a century before.
According to Geek.com, a systems upgrade at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Philadelphia failed to upgrade two-digit years in date of birth records to full four-digit fields, and therefore caused the system to select potential draftees who were more suited to fertilising the land than protecting it.
The Selective Service, which manages the draft for the US Army, has confirmed that any next of kin receiving the letters can simply throw them away, which is good news, because the collective smell of an army of re-animated zombie corpses would probably be enough to create accusations of chemical warfare.
In 2001, the Y2K bug was responsible for Down's Syndrome screening results on 154 pregnant women being given in error, while in 2010, it emerged that the bug had affected some first generation Sony Playstation 3 consoles.
This, however, is the first time in four years that we've received a report of a major incident, and the first that might have triggered fears of a zombie apocalypse.
In total, 14,250 draft notices were issued before the error was caught. The oldest known Pennsylanian lived to the age of 117, which was the youngest age of any of the erroneously recruited draftees. µ
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