GAME SHOW STUDIO AUDIENCE (IN UNISON): "Is...This...A...Coincidence!?!"
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Mr. Chris: Thank you ladies for that boffo dance! Que estaba muy caliente! And welcome everyone to Is This A Coincidence?!?, the gameshow where we ask you, the audience, to determine if something is a random coincidence or not.
So here goes...it's a photo DuJour Daily:
And here's a quote from a novel from 2015, entitled 83 In the Shade by a Mr. Christopher F. Reidy. From page 350 of the first edition: Chapter 11: Pahlah Games:
"...I glanced around the room. His office? On one of the bookshelves was a near complete set of Hardy Boys books; their unmistakable royal blue bindings clearly visible in the soft light from the antique desk lamp."
Now I ask you again audience..."Is This A Coincidence?"!
And your 30 seconds starts now!
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Mr. Chris: Well, audience...is this a coincidence or not?
Mr. Chris: Well, it seems our audience can't decide...so in that case, let's bring out our celebrity guest judge: A hologram of none other than Walt Disney himself!
WALT DISNEY: Hello everyone out there in TV Land!
Uncle Walt: Hi Chris!
Mr. Chris: Well, we're all wondering Uncle Walt...is it a coincidence...or not? Did Hulu pull a fast one?
Uncle Walt: What's a "Hulu" Chris?
Mr. Chris: It's a streaming service!
Uncle Walt: You mean, like, for fly-fishing?
Mr. Chris (Chuckles) Oh no! It's a signal that streams over the internet to your device and you can watch all sorts of entertainment programs!
Uncle Walt: I don't understand any of that...
Mr. Chris: For a fee, of course.
Uncle Walt: That I understand!
Mr. Chris: Okay, do you remember how your first TV show aired on the ABC television network?
Uncle Walt: Of course!
Mr. Chris: Well, your company eventually bought the network and then scientists invented this thing called the internet which was kind of a computer network that eventually became integrated into television with it's own networks, one of which your company created and named Hulu. And now it's all kind of one huge thing...an entertainment monster that needs around the clock feeding.
Uncle Walt: Like Bambi?
Mr. Chris: Sure...
Uncle Walt: Why did they call it Hulu?
Mr. Chris: I don't know...
Uncle Walt: And you feel someone at this Hulu place used a piece of your prose in their work, without having the courtesy to even ask you? Let alone pay you?
Mr. Chris: You said it, I didn't.
Uncle Walt: Well, The Hardy Boys are pretty integrated media. Culturally embedded, as it were. In fact, I serialized it for The Mickey Mouse Show.
Uncle Walt: A very happy boy!
Mr. Chris: Okay, sure...yes, The Hardy Boys are not exactly a rarity. But still, the context of that scene...the writing of the sentence: it could've been stage directions in the script...
Uncle Walt: Or not.
Mr. Chris: So Uncle Walt, what's your--
Uncle Walt: Coincidence, of course.
Mr. Chris. Of course! All right. Well thank you Uncle Walt and thanks for tuning in Streaming Land!
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