An infection is spreading through Seattle—one so virulent it threatens to overtake the city’s other iconic symbols (coffee, rain, hipsters in plaid): zombies.

To paraphrase a scene from Mad Max... Listen up! This is the truth of it: Shopping leads to buying, and buying leads to bills. And it was darned near the economic downfall of us all. But we’ve learned–Seattle learned.

Thanks to Groupon’s booming success, daily-deal companies are sprouting up all over. In the last year, several seattle websites have put a niche spin on the popular online discount model.

Last spring, students at Ballard’s Adams Elementary School toted some of their science lessons outdoors.