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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Think Globally, Shamble Locally

Travis D. Roderick

If you happened to be in one of 26 major metropolitan cities around the world today, you may have witnessed the outbreak of a global pandemic and not even known the extent of the contagion. No, we're not talking about the Solanum virus; rather, viral marketing at its best. In a wonderfully coordinated worldwide promotion for next Sunday's debut of The Walking Dead, AMC staged zombie walks in cities as far flung as New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, even Guatemala City and Istanbul, Turkey. Calling it Worldwide Zombie Commuter Day, the “infection” was scheduled to spread in and around internationally-recognized landmarks, such as Big Ben, the Lincoln Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Acropolis, and more. No word on official numbers yet, but if early photos are any indication, worldwide turnout looks to be in the thousands. If you were in any of these cities today and witnessed the outbreak firsthand, make sure to tell us about it in the comments!

The full list of cities plagued by hordes of the undead today is as follows:

New York City, USA
Washington DC, USA
Boston, USA
Chicago, USA
San Francisco, USA
Los Angeles, USA
Taipei, Taiwan
Hong Kong
Istanbul, Turkey
Athens, Greece
Sofia, Bulgaria
Estonia, Tallinn
Belgrade, Serbia
Munich, Germany
Madrid, Spain
Rome, Italy
Johannesburg, S. Africa
London, UK – Westminster
Lisbon, Portugal
Sao Paolo, Brazil
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Santiago, Chile
Caracas, Venezuela
Bogota, Colombia
Mexico City, Mexico
Guatemala City, Guatemala

(If you're on FaceBook, make sure to check out The Walking Dead's official page for tons more photos and videos!)

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