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2009-01-29

  • I know Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is considered a classic, but critics have generally conceded that it needed more zombies. Now that flaw has been corrected: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is available for order.
    Pride and Prejudice and Zombies features the original text of Jane Austen's beloved novel with all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie action. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the quiet English village of Meryton--and the dead are returning to life! Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet is determined to wipe out the zombie menace, but she's soon distracted by the arrival of the haughty and arrogant Mr. Darcy. What ensues is a delightful comedy of manners with plenty of civilized sparring between the two young lovers--and even more violent sparring on the blood-soaked battlefield as Elizabeth wages war against hordes of flesh-eating undead.

  • In other zombie news:
    An Austin [Texas] road sign meant to warn motorists about road conditions instead read: "The end is near! Caution! Zombies ahead!"

    Vandals broke off a lock on the sign in central Austin early Monday and then hacked into the computer to change the words, said Sara Hartley, a city spokeswoman.

    Not the most elegant hack; apparently road crews traditionally leave the default password unchanged on these signs.

    However, the "vandals" also knew how to change the default password, which they did. And so the sign remained zombified until officials figured out how to bypass the new password.

  • And in still more zombie news:
    Michael Jackson will help develop his ground-breaking "Thriller" video into a musical theater production, producers said on Monday.
    No doubt this will help out the skyrocketing unemployment rate in the Zombie-American community. But wait:
    Michael Jackson has no business taking Thriller to Broadway at this time as far as John Landis is concerned.

    The man who directed the seminal 14-minute music video for Jackson's classic song in 1982--and also happens to be suing Jackson for back royalties--has filed additional court documents to prevent the embattled King of Pop from negotiating a deal to adapt Thriller for the stage. (View the complaint.)

    If I were Landis, I'd stay out of Austin, Texas. Just to be safe.


Last Modified 2009-01-30 7:51 AM EST