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Thursday, April 20, 2006

The Movie Timeline

Via Pharyngula, I found this amazing project. It is perhaps overly ambitious; how can every single fact shown as true in every movie be recorded in the timeline? Just reading some bits here and there I found several omissions and inaccuracies. But how fun it is! See for example the first six entries:

In the beginning... God created the heavens and the earth (The Bible)

Shortly after the beginning... God subcontracts the fjords to Slartibartfast, a planetary construction engineer from Magrathea (The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy)

26,000,000,000BC Los Angeles (and everywhere else) - The Earth's crust begins to harden (Adaptation)

A long time ago... Luke Skywalker and Han Solo lead a rebellion against the evil empire(Star Wars)

1 zillion BC October 9: Cavemen discover fire, and the joys of eating dinosaur egg (Caveman, 1981)

65,000,000BC Pangea - A mosquito becomes irrevocably trapped in tree resin (Jurassic Park, 1993)
A meteor strike creates a parallel dimension in which dinosaurs evolve (Super Mario Bros)

Or all the things that happened the year of my birth:

1980 Air passengers are trapped after the pilot, co-pilot and navigator pass out due to poisoned food (Airplane)
USS Nimitz disappears through a temporal vortex, manifesting itself as a storm (The Final Countdown)
Superman throws a terrorist bomb from the Eiffel Tower into space, freeing General Zod from his glass prison (Superman II, 1980)
Richard Collier hypnotises himself in an attempt to travel back in time (Somewhere In Time, 1980)
February 22: US Men's Hockey team of amateur and collegiate players beats USSR no.1 team, is dubbed the 'Miracle On Ice' and goes on to win Olympic gold (Miracle)
May 18: Manchester, England - Joy Division singer Ian Curtis found hanged from apparent suicide in his flat, aged 26 (24 Hour Party People)
July 31: Harry Potter born (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)

So Harry Potter is only a few months younger than me? Who would have thought it...


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