Sunday, November 12, 2006

Synchronicity 3

I've mentioned previously the weird coincidences that sometimes pop up in life, where very similar things — from the middle of nowhere — slam into each other in a fit of unlikelihood.

I've had several of these happen recently, but three hit within the last couple of days.

A couple of weeks ago I prepared the first scenario for our All Flesh Must Be Eaten game, a roleplaying games about zombies. I finally got around to watching the 2004 version of the Dawn of the Dead. While watching I was surprised to see that the zombies I had designed for the game were almost identical to the zombies in the movie. Maybe this isn't a huge surprise — there are only so many ways you can define a zombie — but my zombies are a bit different from those in Shaun of the Dead and 28 Days Later. They are almost exactly the same as in Dawn of the Dead.

That was the least of the coincidences. On the DVD there are a couple of extra features. One of which is a fake news broadcast that takes place during the first couple of days of the zombie outbreak. The news anchor is played by actor Richard Biggs. He played Dr. Stephen Franklin on the television show Babylon 5. After doing some research, I found that this extra item on the Dawn of the Dead DVD was the last thing he did before dying of a torn aorta in 2004. Today, the Candorville comic strip had a comic mentioning Richard Biggs! Here is the strip:


Click on the image to see a larger, readable version of the comic.

(You can see daily Candorville comics at http://www.comics.com/wash/candorville/index.html.)

Finally, on Friday someone posted motivational posters based on the movie The Boondock Saints to RPG.net, in that huge motivational posters thread I've been talking about. Several posters included images of my favourite comedian, Scotland's Billy Connolly. Not knowing he was in the movie, and apparently playing an important character, I wrote in the thread that I'm now going to have to watch this film. Yesterday, out of the blue while we were in the grocery story, Jason started talking about The Boondock Saints and how he liked the film. This was just such a weird coincidence given that the movie had just really been brought to my attention the day before.

I just thought I'd share my life's weirdnesses with y'all...

2 comments:

Michael Skeet said...

And tonight (Monday 13 Nov.) Billy Connolly is a guest of George Strombolopolous on CBC Newsworld's "The Hour." [cue spooky music] Eerie!

Allan Goodall said...

Eerie, indeed! I wish I could see that.

Now, it would be really spooky if Sarah Polley was on "The Hour", as she was the star of Dawn of the Dead.