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16 October 2006 @ 11:17 am
Morbid Thoughts  
So, I noticed something interesting this morning (in the shower).

Every city I've lived in has been prominently nuked on-screen. Generally while I was actually living there.

Kansas City was prominently nuked in The Day After when I lived there. (I grew up in Kansas City.)

Houston was prominently nuked in Independence Day when I lived there. That was the best part of the movie in my opinion -- I tend to cheer during that part. (I went to college in Houston.)

Colorado Springs was nuked in Stargate SG1 (well, effectively nuked, anyway), although I don't think I was living there at the time. I think that was before. And it was an alternate universe. Okay, this one I need to work on -- still, being the home of Norad, there may be better examples, but I only lived there about a year and a half, from mid-1998 to the end of 1999, so this one's a bit shaky.

Denver (where I live now) was prominently nuked in Jericho just recently (yes, yes, I need to watch the last two episodes).

So, if anyone wants their city prominently obliterated on-screen, let me know, and I'll see what I can do.
In the mood: amusedamused
Now playing: Saint-Saëns - Carnival Of The Animals - Aquarium
Eric: take on meseattleotaku on October 16th, 2006 01:31 pm (UTC)
I've got Seattle covered (Wargames, for instance.).
Douglas Triggs: cateyesdoubt72 on October 16th, 2006 01:35 pm (UTC)
But nothing was actually nuked in Wargames.

Except as a pixel on a screen.
Eric: otaku no videoseattleotaku on October 16th, 2006 01:54 pm (UTC)
Details, details... Prominently targeted at least, right after Las Vegas.

And while it's infamously incorrect, I suppose "10.5"s earhquake destruction doesn't count?
Douglas Triggs: zombie jesusdoubt72 on October 16th, 2006 02:01 pm (UTC)
Depends what the point of the exercise is, so I'd say if you want to count that, it counts.

So, what happened in "Category 6: Day of Destruction!"? Was Florida wiped off the face of the earth or something by 300MPH winds?
Eric: aware zatoichiseattleotaku on October 16th, 2006 02:13 pm (UTC)
Depends on how far you go with "obliterated", really. Nuclear explosions also don't completely wipe off the face of the earth. :p
asakiyume: O-jizo-samaasakiyume on October 16th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Arright! Excellent icon, Seattle okatu!! And Wargames is a classic.
asakiyume: holycarpasakiyume on October 16th, 2006 02:46 pm (UTC)
I knew someone who had just transferred away from the University of Kansas the year after they made The Day After A bunch of people she knew were extras in it.

Ah, the Cold War ... those were the days....
Evan M - Jariten: Oyamadajariten on October 16th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Just because it has to happen: could you make Las Vegas go boom?

Perhaps something akin to the "How not to be seen" sketch from Monty Python. I love that thing...
Allison Steinastein142 on October 17th, 2006 12:48 am (UTC)
Hmmmm... they tried to nuke my home state of South Carolina in a cheesy made-for-tv pseudo-documentary movie of the week "Special Bulletin" (1983) and freaked everyone out a la the 1938 broadcast of "War of the Worlds". That was the same year I took "Nuke 101" (actually, a 600-level poli-sci class on nuclear politics) and the class gathered to watch "The Day After" at the prof's house. I can't remember if that was before or after I visited KC for the first time...
dragonet2dragonet2 on January 19th, 2007 03:03 am (UTC)
The single creepiest day in my lifetime
Was the night The Day After was broadcast; I was the evening-weekend supervisor of the KU Med Center Library (we'd moved to the Archie R. Dykes Library of the Health Sciences by then... formerly Clendening, and in a far creepier part of the hospital...)

I had brought an small TV to work and tried to watch it in spurts, at the start we had a few straggling out customers checking out books. Then I realized I could NOT watch it if I valued my mental health. Then I realized I was probably the only person in the whole library. Period.

I'm (retroactively) glad I just didn't have any "weirdo events" (one of the reasons I quit the job...)at the same time.