It was kinda scary, actually. After zeroing the drive, I went back and re-ran the surfact test and the numbers hit about 400 before I said, screw this, and gave up. And then noticed that the S.M.A.R.T. status for the drive in Disk Utility (finally) reports failing.
So yeah, will be laptop-less for a bit... :P
And the.. really funny/bad err... Jokemel (err, "pokemon", cept it's a joke + caMEL?): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AU3aRYQswlY