Friday, October 12, 2007

A Séance is so Old School

The chief problem about death, incidentally, is the fear that there may be no afterlife—a depressing thought, particularly for those who have bothered to shave. Also, there is the fear that there is an afterlife but no one will know where it’s being held.
Woody Allen, filmmaker

If you are determined to bug those who are gone and you refuse to let those in the afterlife relax or rest in peace, well now you can go to the cemetery and use your wi-fi.

According to a report from WPSD-TV, a cemetery in Paducah, Kentucky has made the graveyard a hotspot of sorts. Apparently it’s to help with genealogy research.

It seems to me that the living are now haunting the dead.


Anonymous said...

So, if we were updating the Twilight Zone "Night Call" episode—in which an old woman keeps receiving mysterious phone calls and finally tells the caller never to call her again, only to have the phone company trace the calls to a fallen line lying across her husband's grave—our perspective would be that of a dead woman in her coffin, who is haunted by a muffled but nevertheless irritating repetitive tone that seems to be coming from above. She thinks it must have something to do with the cemetery's wi-fi and those blasted kids always hanging about, so she has a firewall erected around her grave, only to find out that the tone was a gmail chat prompt, signaling her that her husband was online and available, but when he realizes he's been blocked he assumes his dead wife never wants to hear from him again.

Ooh, this is fun. Let's update all the episodes. OK, season 1, episode 1: "Where Is Everybody?" in which a man in an Air Force jumpsuit finds himself in a town where everyone seems to have suddenly vanished…


The Misanthrope said...

That's brilliant. You have made me look into buying the Twilight Zone series. I used to love watching the Thanksgiving Day marathon. I vaguely remember the episode you mention, but now I want to watch and update them.

Anonymous said...

On the Mark says: In one of those weird timing moments in the universe, I came across the NightCall (1964)episode tonight while flipping channels.